Church Planter - Baltimore, MD
Our family served at James Island Baptist Church for the last four years and moved away at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. God has called me to plant a church in the inner city of Baltimore, MD. I am working on being sent through the SEND>>North American Mission Board as well as being a part of the ACTS 29 Network. Two other couples from our church has also been led by God to join the Baltimore plant and will be moving to Baltimore to be a part of the church plant's core team. Please join me in praying for our church family here at James Island Baptist Church as we transition as well as praying for God's mission in Baltimore.
Family: I am a truly blessed man! My wife Jessica and I have been married now for 10 years, and we have been together more than thirteen years. It is the honor of my life to share this life with her. “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain” Proverbs 31:10-11.
Jess and I have three beautiful baby girls who are the love of our lives. It is such a privilege to be a daddy; I would not trade it for all the riches in the world! Kylee is our shy sweetheart and our oldest. She is ten years old. Tatum, our seven year old, is our smartie pants and has more personality than she can handle. Zoe, our baby, is six years old and the funniest kid I know.
Greatest influences: It is a great thing to have someone to speak truth into your life, and I have been fortunate to have a few of those people. Some of them I know personally and love...some of them I have never met, but their teachings have helped me get through some pretty rough times. First of all, without Jesus Christ in my life, I am nothing! Jesus transformed a sinner like me into something useful for building up His kingdom, and for that I am eternally grateful.
As a young child, I had grandparents who surrounded me with love when no one else would, teaching me most of what I know of the love of Christ: Nana & Pops and Noonie & Deedad...thank you!
When I was in college, I was floundering and ready to walk away from Christianity. I cannot name all of my friends that poured themselves out for me even when I was unlovely and unworthy, it would be pages long, but to all of you, I love and thank God for you.
I have learned so much from God's Word from some great teachers, preachers and authors: Kurt Hannah (Missio Dei Church), Chan Kilgore (Crosspointe Church), Mark Driscoll (Mars Hill Church), Charles Spurgeon, and John Piper.
I would also like to thank Pastor Tom Brown and all of the people of James Island Baptist for taking a chance on a knucklehead like me. It has been a truly humbling experience to be a part of this church family. I have been greatly encouraged because these men of God looked into my life and recognized His handywork. I love to see what He will do in our ministry here, and I will simply remain faithful to the calling of being a minister of the gospel of Christ.
Books: FOR THE CITY (Patrick & Carter) , Radical (Platt), Radical Reformission (Driscol), Blue Like Jazz (Miller), Last Child in the Woods (Louv), The Treasury of David (Spurgeon), Life in the Spirit (Lloyd Jones), Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Tripp),Roaring Lambs (Briner), God Came Near (Lucado).
James Island Baptist wishes Brent and Jess Gordon the best as they leave JIBC and start a new work in Baltimore, MD. We look forward to seeing how God uses them and the rest of their team.
Click here to watch a tribute video for Brent.