University Church Welcomes New Pastor

Alex Bryan will be on campus in April

By: Becky St. Clair

Alex and Nicole Bryan come from Southern Adventist University Church, where Alex is currently serving as pastor.

Walla Walla University is excited to introduce Dr. Alex Bryan, new senior pastor for the University Church.  

"The pastoral staff and the congregation are excited about the arrival of Pastor Alex Bryan and his family,” says Henning Guldhammer, interim senior pastor of the University Church.  “Some of us already know Nicole, who is a WWU alumnus, so in a sense their arrival is a homecoming also."

Bryan graduated from Southern Adventist University in 1993 with degrees in history and religion.  He then earned his Master’s of Divinity from Andrews University in 1996, and his doctoral degree in ministry from George Fox University in 2009. Currently he is pastoring at the Southern Adventist University Church, where he has served for nearly 2 years.

“The Walla Walla University community has a reputation for initiative, innovation, curiosity, beauty, creativity, excellence, and big thinking,” says Bryan.  “The way I see it, these are the first qualities we recognize in the God of Genesis 1 and 2, and what He envisions for people who are created in His image.  I love that WWU embraces this vision in such a profound way.”

Bryan and his wife, Nicole, have one daughter, Audrey, who is three years old.  They will be on the WWU campus in early April, when Bryan will speak for the University Church services.  

The Bryans are excited about living in the Pacific Northwest.  They still speak with enthusiasm and excitement about the 8-day road cycling trip they took from the Snake River to the Pacific Ocean several summers ago.  They look forward to exploring “America’s great Northwest playground” even more.

“I am humbled and energized to soon be adopted into the Walla Walla University family,” says Bryan.  Details of the transition are under discussion.

To learn more about Bryan, visit his blog, Breakfast Fires, by clicking the link below.

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