For 25 years, there has been a common thread tying together the work of Pastor Todd and Pastor Jamie Bruning.
That thread? Children and youth ministry, connected through music and theater. Now, with their Autistic son, Nikhil, age 10, they have recently started working with Highland Park United Methodist Church on the SMU Campus with some of the Special Needs programs there too.
Through youth gatherings, mission trips, and cross-cultural events, Pastor Todd has developed a fascination with the emerging church, and believes that young adults are the key to a vibrant faith community. He and Pastor Jamie have trained dozens of young disciples and ministers through organizations like Luther Seminary, Youth Leadership, Youth Encounter, the ELCA Youth Ministry Network, Arrow Outreach and Lutheran Partners in Global Mission … in Africa, Asia, and Mexico … in the inner cities of Chicago and Detroit … and right here in Texas!!
For the last four years Pastor Todd has been the Children, Youth, and Family Pastor at Rejoice Lutheran Church in Coppell, TX, as well as the Choir Director. Before that he was a Senior Pastor at Resurrection in Plano, TX and Peace in Charlotte, MI, and a Mission Developer in Ionia, Michigan, as well as a Social Services Family Therapist in Rockford, Illinois (where he grew up). But watch out if you ask him about some of his favorite memories with Mosaic, Hi Neighbor, Family Advocate, Upward Bound, JTPA, or Washington Park … he’s a talker … and he loves to tell stories!!!
Along with his Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary, Pastor Todd holds degrees in Counseling and Organizational Psychology, both from Texas A&M and Northern Illinois University. Away from the church, you might find him on his bicycle, on the tennis court, playing his guitar, or most importantly, spending time with his adult daughter and young son … and their many nearby cousins.
But what he loves to do most is … sing. Especially with somebody else. Like his wife and family. Or you. And your family. Especially if you like a cappella, gospel, Broadway, African, country rock, Christian contemporary, or chamber music too!