Hi, I'm Brad Riley.
I'm an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, and a Registered Evangelist. I've had a call to ministry, since I was a young boy, but I didn't embrace that call until I was 37 years old.
As a boy, an old man in the church where I grew up always said of me, "That boy is going to be either a preacher or a politician." Well, at 21 years of age, after a few years of working in political campaigns, I ran for the Kansas House of Representatives - I lost a very close race. I mean it was a squeaker! Half the town went to bed thinking I'd won the race. I realized something that day. A career in politics means you have to win!
I worked the next 16 years in Retail Menswear sales and management as well as a marketing representative for a local manufacturing plant. I married, my wife Rhonda and we had two children, a son, Corbin, and a daughter, Brooke.
However, at the age of 37, after discovering I had a heart disease, I embraced the call I had always had - to preach the gospel and share the love of Christ with whomever and wherever I could.
The next 20+ years were spent in Pastoral Ministry in large and small churches in San Antonio, TX, and Wichita, KS.
In 2019, Brad Riley Ministries Inc was launched as a non-profit organization to help transform lives and renew churches wherever God would lead me.
My past experience in politics, sales, and management have given me a unique perspective into the lives and struggles of ordinary people trying to find faith, while navigating the many challenges of everyday life in a fallen world.
Today, I am a bi-vocational minister in order to support my call to Brad Riley Ministries. I work with the Cozine Memorial Group heading up a bereavement ministry, I pastor in two Methodist churches in Udall, and Winfield, Kansas, as well as serve in this preaching, teaching and counseling ministry.
My wife Rhonda and I have been married over 36 years. We reside in Wichita, Kansas which is home base as I seek to travel wherever the Lord leads to help bring transformation to individuals and renewal to churches.
Brad & Family at the Jordan River
I've been on two pilgrimages to the Holy Land
In January 2017, I lead my second pilgrimage to Israel and was blessed to baptize several pilgrims in the Jordan River, including my family!
The pilgrimage was a life-changing experience for all the pilgrims I was blessed to lead. To walk where Jesus walked and to hear his Word in the very place it was given. Those stones really do shout! I pray you also will get to go on a pilgrimage to Israel someday.
Brad preaching to the National Funeral Directors Assn. International Convention
Chaplain to the Convention representing the Cozine Memorial Group of Wichita.
On October 31st, 2017, I was privileged to lead an Ecumenical Service of Remembrance, in Boston MA, bringing a message of comfort to over 6,000 professionals in funeral ministry. The service brought together, Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant Believers on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. What a beautiful symbol of unity even among our differences.
BRM Office & Counseling Center
334 S Laura, Wichita, KS
In March 2021, the ministry was blessed to open
an office and counseling center. I get to counsel with people from around South Central, Kansas and also offer counseling online for anyone in the U.S.
Sermon in a Box & Kids in Worship
Udall & Grandview UMC
Since July 2021, I have working to bring renewal to two churches, serving as pastor for the Grandview UMC of Winfield, KS, and the Udall UMC of Udall, KS. One of my favorite things is being surprised by the kids each week with an item in a box I of which I have to come up with an impromptu sermon. Kids are the future of the church!
BIBLE STUDY LIVE!
During the Covid Pandemic shut down, I started streaming live to the BRM Inc Facebook page, the Bible study I taught in classrooms since 2014. Since going live, people from many places and around the world now tune in to study with me, as I offer verse by verse commentary on the scriptures. Click the link and join us every Wednesday at 6:30 PM Central Time.
One of my Favorites!
Brad & Rhonda
This was taken one Sunday after a church service in 2019; it is one of my favorite pictures of me and my sweetheart! I am a blessed man for sure!