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Bryan Simmons

Lead Pastor

Pastor Bryan grew up in the Minneapolis area of Minnesota. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, where he met his wife, Tricia. Bryan and Tricia were married in January of 2004 and had their oldest son, Logan, in 2005. Tricia is a mental health counselor. Together, Bryan and Tricia have a passion for helping others. Before becoming a pastor, Bryan set out to succeed in business so that he could run a philanthropic foundation, helping those who help others. During a struggling economy, Bryan found himself in data management with Wells Fargo, in the marketing department of an up-and-coming medical device manufacturer, doing finance, accounting, and draft work for his father’s startup engineering company, and even becoming a business broker, matching sellers of companies with potential buyers. By the end, he worked for his father-in-law as an auto mechanic and considered running his own auto shop one day. Before long, Bryan answered God’s ongoing call to ministry. It was there at Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, IA, that Bryan and Tricia had their youngest son, Luke, in 2009. Since then, Bryan served Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson, MN before coming to Bethesda in 2015. Bryan’s favorite thing about Bethesda is the people and their desire as believers to make Christ known through the work that they do and the organizations that they support. He looks forward to meeting new people and can’t wait to work alongside you for the sake of the Gospel.

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