Bryan Catherman is the General Editor and site manager of SaltyBeliever.com. He has served in a variety of ministry positions to include VA hospital chaplain, consultant, senior pastor, and church planter. At present, he is the lead pastor and planter of Redeeming Life Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to his ministry service, he was in the Army and served in both Operation Enduring and Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. He earned two associates degrees from the College of Southern Idaho, a Batchelor's Degree from the University of Utah, a Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Gateway Seminary (formerly Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary).
Bryan married is wife, Lisa in 1998. In 2006 they adopted a son. They adopted their second son in 2009. In 2014, they lost a son shortly after his birth and their daughter was born in 2015.
Bryan has taught Contextual Leadership Development courses for Gateway Seminary as well as many other classes for indigenous pastoral training. He as served on strategic leadership and planning committees, done consulting work, served in denominational leadership roles, pastored youth camps, and spoke at retreats. He speaks and trains at conferences on evangelism, discipleship, leadership development, church planting, and city engagement. He was a featured missionary of the Georgia Baptist Women's Missionary Union and was recently a key church planter and speaker at the Engage conference in Tennessee. Also, he enjoys speaking at churches and has been used for pulpit supply when he's available. If you would like to discuss having Bryan speak at your church, a conference, a retreat, or a a training, you can contact him here.
Being indigenous to the Western US, Bryan has a heart for the West. He enjoys the challenge of serving in tough mission fields. In addition, his connection to the LDS gives him a unique perspective to this aspect of mission work in areas like Utah, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Wyoming, and Nevada. His combat veteran status and military past also opens many doors with veterans. He believes the way to advance the Kingdom is to make disciples who make disciples and gather them in to exciting churches or plant new ones.
In addition, Bryan contributed a chapter in a book called Letters from the Front Lines: Iraq and Afghanistan (Granville Island), as well as numerous other articles in print and online (to include The Gospel Coalition and The Leadership Journal) , short stories, a radio essay, and even a children's story recorded by a professional reader. IVP uses him to review new releases, which often appear on SaltyBeliever.com. Bryan also authored a chapter in the book, Living the Sermon on the Mount as a collaborative project with other Gateway Seminary doctoral candidates. And he contributed to a meditative devotional Bible called Holy Bible:Mosaic (NLT, Tyndale).