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|Brandon Gilvin '98|
Brandon studied religious studies and creative writing at Hiram, and received his Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University in 2002. In both his undergraduate and graduate work, he sought to find intersection points between human creativity, a life of faith, and working for justice. In doing so, Brandon found passions for innovative, imaginative ministry and working to ask (and occasionally answer) difficult questions about globalization, human rights, and engagement with grassroots issues.
While a student at Vanderbilt, Brandon interned as a peace educator at the Quaker Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa, an experience that further helped him develop his sense of vocation. Following graduation, Brandon served as a pastoral resident at Central Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky. While there, he was deeply involved in the life of the church - teaching, leading worship, providing pastoral care and developing programs.
In 2004, he returned to Africa as the Programme Executive for communication through Global Ministries, serving the All Africa Conference of Churches in Nairobi, Kenya, leading communication efforts for the network of more than 190 churches, denominations and ecumenical councils. He then served a year as the North American regional secretary of the World Student Christian Federation in Toronto, Ontario, where he worked with students interested in faith-based social activism.
Brandon served for two years as the associate pastor at Saint Andrew Christian Church in Olathe, Kansas, where he focused on adult education, social justice programming, and outreach. Since 2009 Brandon has worked as Associate Director of Week of Compassion, the Disaster Relief, Refugee Resettlement, and Sustainable Development Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Brandon is also the author of "Solving the Da Vinci Code Mystery," co-author of "Wisdom from The Five People You Meet in Heaven," and is co-editor, with Christian Piatt, of the "WTF? (Where's the Faith?)" series, which is available from Chalice Press.