Q&A with Bryan Brock: Leading the faithful flock

Life Point Baptist Church Pastor Bryan Brock was born in Santa Maria. He then lived in Southern California for about eight years before moving with his family to Wisconsin when his dad — a desert boy and graduate of Barstow High School — took a job as the academic dean at a Christian college. That college, Maranatha Baptist Bible College, is where Brock attended and met the woman who would become his wife, Rebecca.

After getting married, Brock attended Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 2003. They moved to Apple Valley in the fall 2004 to start Life Point Baptist Church. They started the church in spring 2005 and have fallen in love with the people of this valley.

“God has given Rebecca and I four wonderful children: Brad, 9, Kate, 7, Grant, 6, and Jane, 3,” he said. “Recently I was driving with just Grant in the car with me, and I asked him, ‘What do you think about living in the desert? Do you like it here?’ He replied, ‘Yes!’ Then I asked him, ‘Is there any place you’d rather live?’ And he answered, ‘No.’

“I truly believe that there is no greater place of contentment than to be exactly where God has you.”

Q: What do you love to do on a Sunday afternoon?
A: My Sunday afternoons have a lot of variety. We will often have people over for lunch after church. If my schedule permits it, I will take some time to watch football, which in our house, means the Green Bay Packers! Because we have an evening service, I usually need to get alone for a couple of hours to prepare my heart and go over my message. Sundays are my favorite day of the week, but I get home Sunday night completely exhausted. It’s a good, fulfilling exhaustion though.

Q: When you think of your family, what makes you proud?
A: I am just so thankful to God for giving them to me. There are a lot of things that I feel utterly unworthy of in my life, and apart from my salvation, my lovely, Godly wife and four precious children top that list.

Q: Any hobbies?
A: I like the outdoors. I love to camp, hike and hunt. I don’t get to enjoy these activities as much as I would like, but I love every time I can be out in nature. It’s also something that I can do with others, so I can enjoy not just the outdoors, but good times of fellowship and relationship building. The outdoors provides great family memories too!

Q: Tell us about your pets.
A: We have one dog named Rontu. He’s a pocket Beagle, and he loves to dig out and visit the neighbors. Because our phone number is on his collar, we normally get him back quickly. The upside is all the people he’s helped us meet. We joke about coining the phrase, “dog escape evangelism.”

Q: Tell us about one place you would love to visit and why.
A: Israel. No question. I’ve never been yet, but would love to see the same horizon as Abraham and walk the same paths as Jesus. I’ll get there someday, hopefully, before the Lord returns.

Q: What are your hopes, dreams, ambitions?
A: In a lot of ways I’m living my hopes, dreams and ambitions. I have a couple of milestones coming up that I’m looking forward to. In May I’m set to graduate with my Doctor of Ministry degree from the Master’s Seminary. I still have a lot of writing to do for my final project, but I’m getting excited about the end of the road. Then this summer our church should move into its first building, which will be a huge blessing and answer to prayer. My long term goal for my life is just to be faithful as long as God has me on this earth, to labor for His kingdom, to know Him more every day, and to bring glory to His name.

Q: Tell us about your three favorite movies. One that makes you laugh? One that makes you weep? One that inspires you?
A: The movie that makes me weep is easy. From the first time I watched it as a kid, I have never been able to get through “Old Yeller” without a massive lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. One of the great things about having young kids is that I get to watch kid movies, which I actually like more than the alternative. Out of that group, the movie that both makes me laugh and inspires me is “Finding Nemo.” I love the fact that it shows not just the son growing up, but the father growing up too. I love how their relationship grows as they grow individually.

Q: Tell us about your faith.
A: True faith begins with personal salvation. As a child I remember when my older brother got saved. My parents and everyone made such a big deal about it that I decided I wanted it too, so I asked my mom if I could be saved. She asked me why, and when I couldn’t give her an answer she told me that I wasn’t ready yet. I knew about Jesus, that He died on the cross and rose again, that “whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life,” but I didn’t know why I needed it. A while later after some parental discipline, my mother was explaining to me that my actions were not just against her, but that they were ultimately against God. At that moment I understood. I needed to be saved because I was a sinner and had broken God’s laws. After a conversation with my parents to make sure I understood, I got on my knees and personally called on the name of the Lord for forgiveness and mercy. Based upon the Word of God, when I turned from sin and trusted in Christ alone I was made into a new creation. My faith today is just a maturing, growing version of that child-like faith.

Q: If you could ask God one question, what would you ask?
A: I don’t think I could possibly improve upon David’s question in Psalm 8:4: “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”

Q: What music gets you moving?
A: It might surprise people, but I don’t listen to much music for enjoyment. I’m usually doing something, or reading something, and I am the world’s worst multitasker. Of course I love singing, and listening to songs at church — mostly great hymns of the faith or modern hymns with rich theological lyrics — but at home my favorite music is when my wife plays the piano. We’ve got a big, old piano in the middle of the house. Rebecca plays with richness and emotion, and it fills the house.

Q: If you could change one thing about the Victor Valley, what would it be?
A: We are making a lot of progress in this area, but I would love the road infrastructure to be more efficient. This valley is so spread out, and it would be great to be able see all my friends around the valley quicker.

Q: What’s your best advice for a good marriage?
A: There is only one spouse you can make do the right thing: yourself. So be who you need to be before God. Give without expecting back, love without needing to be loved back and trust God for the outcome. If both husband and wife have the faith and courage to live this way, it will be an awesome picture of the church thriving through Christ’s love (Eph. 5:25-27).

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