BRAXTON BRADY

Family Ministries Pastor | braxton@harvestmemphis.org

My Story

I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. I graduated from Memphis University School, earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and my Masters of Arts in Theology from Covenant Theological Seminary. As you might expect, I love both the city of Memphis and the University of Memphis. I have the honor of serving as the Team Chaplain for the University of Memphis football team. My wife Carrie and I have been married for almost nineteen years and have three children: Preston, Bennett, and Emma Sanders.

I grew up in a home with parents who loved me and wanted the best for me. I had everything that I needed and most of what I wanted. Life was good in the Brady house until my ninth birthday. Right after my birthday, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a year long battle with cancer, my mother passed away. For a ten year old boy that was very close to his mother, it was a traumatic experience. It also started me a down a road of selfishness that led to years of trying to find purpose, meaning and significance in many things. These things were great for a period of time but eventually led to a longing for more. I used my mother’s death for selfish reasons. I wanted the world to revolve around me and I would use whatever means necessary to get it.

It was not until high school, that this all changed. I was fortunate enough to have a great group of friends throughout my high school years. It was my junior year that everything changed. I was invited over to a friend’s house for a night of dinner and movies or at least that is what I thought. What happened that night was completely different and life changing. My friends had gathered together to discuss how I was living and wanted to show me that living for myself was not what I was created to do. It was at that moment that God changed my heart. I made a commitment to Christ but I didn’t really understand what it meant to follow Him.

Almost 12 years ago, God put a man in my life and used Him to change my life. David Montague took time from his family to love, mentor and disciple me. I would not be where I am today had God not used him in that way. God used David to completely change the way I think about everything. I had been living my life with Jesus as part of my life. I put him in a box just like every other area of my life. He had equal part and I was just fine with that for the first 30 years of my life. As I look back at that time in my life, I see clearly why I was running in circles. It was so clear. The gospel is not just a part of my life. The gospel should drive everything. The gospel is the box from which everything else flows. The gospel changes everything. It changes the way I live. It changes the way I love and serve my wife. It changes the way I spend my money. It even changes the way I parent.

My Hope For Harvest

My hope for Harvest is to create a culture that calls parents, specifically dads, to take the lead in the discipleship of their kids, and to be strategic and intentional in how they parent.