Rev. Dr. Phil Snider, Senior Minister
Phil Snider is an award-winning writer, speaker, pastor, and community organizer who has served as the senior minister of Brentwood Christian Church since 2003. He is perhaps best known for his speech on equal rights for LGBTQ people, which has been viewed on YouTube over five million times. In addition to providing religious commentary in various local and national media outlets, including NPR affiliates and nationally-syndicated radio and television programming, his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Slate, Fox News and USA Today. Phil’s books include Justice Calls, Preaching After God, The Hyphenateds, and Toward a Hopeful Future (winner of the 2011 Mayflower Award for best book in church and society). Phil did his undergraduate work at Missouri State University (Springfield, MO), then earned his masters degree at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK) and doctorate at Chicago Theological Seminary (at the University of Chicago). He also holds a certificate in pastoral care and counseling from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. As a community organizer and advocate for justice, Phil has served in various leadership capacities in the Springfield community, including: President of the Drury University Board of the School of Religion; representative leader to the Springfield Interfaith Alliance, member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council at Missouri State University, founding member of the Center for Diversity and Reconciliation at Brentwood Christian Church, founding member of the Greater Springfield Race and Faith Collaborative, co-chair of the Springfield chapter of the NAACP Religious Affairs Commission, and, previously, chair of the leadership table for Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri, which is dedicated to promoting economic dignity and race equity for all Missourians. In addition to teaching religious studies courses at Missouri State University and Drury University, he regularly speaks at a variety of conferences and events across the United States. He and his wife Amanda are the proud parents of three children, Eli, Sam, & Lily Grace.
Rev. Emily Bowen-Marler, Associate Minister
Emily has served at Brentwood since October of 2001. Her primary responsibilities include the cultivation of vibrant, rich expressions of worship, music, and the arts, as well as offering oversight to children’s ministries and assisting with congregational care. An accomplished singer and musician, Emily has led worship at the Disciples of Christ General Assembly and was the music director for the 2010 Disciple Women’s Ministries event Quadrennial. She holds degrees from Phillips Theological Seminary (MDiv), Christian Theological Seminary (MA), and Chapman University (BA). She is the co-author with Phil Snider of Toward a Hopeful Future: Why the Emergent Church is Good News for Mainline Congregations (Pilgrim Press, 2010).
Rev. Dr. Micki Pulleyking, Minister for Youth & College Students
In addition to being an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Micki is currently a senior instructor in the Religious Studies department at Missouri State University. She is a graduate of Boston University (PhD), Harvard Divinity School (MDiv), and Missouri State University (BA). Micki provides creative, vital leadership to our youth group and college ministries. She combines an engaged sense of depth, humor, friendliness, and authenticity of spirit and brings a wealth of experience to our congregation. Micki lives in Springfield with her husband, Joey, and daughter, Quinlan. Her son Spenser (who led music for Brentwood’s Awakening worship service during his junior and senior years of high school) currently attends the University of Tulsa.
Rev. Charlie Bahn, Minister of Congregational Care
Charlie joined Brentwood’s staff in April of 2005 as part-time Minister of Congregational Care. He leads Brentwood’s Stephen Ministry program and focuses on overall pastoral care within the congregation. Charlie holds degrees from Brite Divinity School (MDiv), Washington & Lee University (JD) and Southeast Missouri State University (BS).
Brieta Self, Office Manager
Brieta began working at Brentwood in June, 2012. She’s a native Missourian who recently returned to the Ozarks after more than 20 years in Oklahoma and Texas. Brieta is the proud mom of three grown children, Shanna, Stephanie, and Louis, who live in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Arizona. Besides her duties at Brentwood, Brieta is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and operates a studio out of her home.
Vickie VanZandt, Custodian
Vickie joined Brentwood’s staff in 2006 and does a wonderful job of keeping Brentwood’s building ready for all kinds of activities! Vickie is a proud mother and grandmother, with one son and two granddaughters. She loves to sew and is a very talented quilter. She was born in Springfield and has lived here most of her life.