Leadership team

Brad Brenner

Lead Pastor/Elder

I was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated from Tacoma Baptist High School. My plan after high school was to attend Washington State University where I wanted to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice. God, however, had other plans! A good friend suggested that I attend Boise Bible College for one year and well… you can see how the rest of the story goes. At Boise Bible College I met my beautiful wife of 21 years and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts-Ministerial and Minors in Greek and Youth Ministry.  My wife and I spent 21 years pastoring in various churches in Southern Oregon, during which 4 fantastic and enthusiastic daughters, and 1 ambitious son who enjoys testing the character of his sisters, came into our lives! God has truly blessed us every step of the way especially as He guided us to this amazing church family here in Centralia, Washington.  Aside from spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, riding my motorcycle, hunting, fishing, golfing, and playing my guitar. I have also spent time as a volunteer firefighter and EMT.  However, what I truly enjoy most is seeing people come into contact with Jesus Christ, where experiencing a real relationship with Him, results in a real-life transformation that was never thought possible. 

Nate Larsson

Associate Pastor of Families and Youth

I was born and raised on a ranch in rural Montana. The closest town had a population of 1,000 people. From there I decided to attend college in the bustling metropolis of...Boise, ID. I graduated from Boise Bible College with a Bachelor's of Arts in Youth Ministry. While attending Boise Bible College, I met my amazing wife Annie, who is originally from Eugene, OR. We are beyond excited to be serving in Centralia, and are in awe of how God's blessings and guidance led us there. I enjoy spending time with my family, fishing, hiking, hunting, reading, and baseball. I am also excited to share these passions with our son Cayson. More than catching a fish or climbing a mountain, however, I love to see people draw closer to God and the joy that they find in pursuing the perfect Creator of the universe who still chooses to love each and every one of us.

Crystal Brenner

Interim Administrative Assistant

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Chris Gillaspie

Worship Director/Elder

I was born and raised here in Centralia, Wa.  I have been involved with Centralia Christian Church for about 37 years. I am married to my wonderful  wife Jodi for 27 years. We have blessed with 2 wonderful children who are raised and now married. 


Brian Carter


 Brian is 54 years old and has been attending church his whole life.  Brian accepted Jesus and was baptized at the age of 10. Brian has been involved in various kinds of ministry throughout his life; custodial, camp ministry, teaching Sunday School for all ages, Youth Group, Mission Trips, leading worship, preaching and administration.  Brian has a deep love for The Gospel and The Church and has a desire to see The Church growing and thriving.

Brian Currently works as a Spiritual Counselor for Assured Hospice of Centralia, is the Executive Director for The Lewis County Chaplaincy Services and Chaplain for the Chehalis Fire Dept. Brian is also involved with the Lewis County C.I.S.M. team and helps with a couple of first responder advocacy groups.

Brian received his Ordination into ministry from Eagle Christian Church in Eagle, ID. In 2000, is a 2000 Graduate of Boise Bible College with a B.A. in Christian Education,  A 2010 Graduate of the Police and Fire Chaplains Academy in Burien, WA and a member of the Federation of Fire Chaplains.

Brian’s wife, Julie, works from home as a billing specialist for Binnacle Psychiatry of Kirkland, WA.  Brian and Julie have been married for nearly 32 years and have three children; Traci Perry (Grant) of Ormond Beach, FL.  Pamela Larcom (Kevin) of Kingsland, GA. and Robert of Chehalis. They also have two grandchildren.

Matt Patten


Matt has lived in the Lewis County area since 2002. He married his wife, Paige a life-long Lewis County resident in 2007. He has been serving at Centralia Christian Christian in various roles for the past 13 years, teaching Sunday school and providing other leadership.  He is a graduate of Puget Sound Christian College, and Western Oregon University. His primary focus at church is bringing the bible to life in a real and practical way.  Helping others understand the bible more clearly, and learning to love it as much as he does.