Pastor Brad grew up in central Illinois. After high school he attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and graduated with a BS in Mathematics Secondary Education. That same year he married his college sweetheart and best friend Kathy.
Over the years God has blessed Brad and Kathy with many education, business and ministry related opportunities. Initially he taught high school Mathematics for two years before becoming a State Farm Agent in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where they served for 10 years.
The Belchers became very involved in their local church in Wisconsin and God began to call Brad into full time pastoral ministry. He started taking seminary classes through Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in Deerfield, Illinois. In 1997 Brad accepted his first call to a small church in southern Michigan. For the past 25 years the Belchers have served in various churches in many places including Michigan; Indiana; Illinois; and Budapest, Hungary.
Pastor Brad holds an MA in Christian Thought/Philosophy of Religion from TEDS and a DMin in Intercultural Studies from Grace Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana.
Over the years Brad has taught Bible, Theology, Philosophy, World Religion, Business, and Mathematics courses for Cornerstone University, Trine University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Jackson Hole Bible College, and Word of Life Bible Institute in Hungary.
“I love being anywhere with my wife Kathy and our kids: we have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. I am an incredibly blessed man, and I absolutely love what I do. My life verse is Ezra 7:10: ‘For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD, and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.’”
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