Bryan Jerry

Light in the Desert, Arizona
RePlant Church Planter
Mesa Arizona
Light in the Desert
February 28

About My Family

I married my beautiful wife, Lauren, in 2006, and we now have two children. Averie is our daughter (2010), and Everett is our son (2012). God has truly blessed us with a wonderful family that He uses to show us His immeasurable grace and to often teach us of our unending dependence on Him.

About My Church Plant

While finishing seminary, Lauren and I had a burden to revitalize/replant a dying church. This led us to Light in the Desert (LITD) in Mesa, Ariz. I began pastoring LITD in April 2017 with the desire to see God resurrect it to new life. I discovered quickly that because of God's good pleasure, He had sustained LITD over the years during some tough and tumultuous times. That said, considering the years of decline, the church was struggling financially and in need of assistance. So, through many conversations and diligent prayer, I asked the membership to consider partnering with the North American Mission Board. I am happy to say that with joy the membership agreed! This decision was driven by a sense of God’s movement here and throughout the entire U.S. to revive dying churches—to resurrect churches to a new life of gospel growth.

NAMB Church Planting

Demonstrated Christian character is essential for missionaries and chaplains to gain credibility and build community. A missionary is a person who, in response to God's call and gifting, leaves his or her comfort zone and crosses cultural, geographic or other barriers to proclaim the gospel and live out a Christian witness in obedience to the Great Commission. The North American Mission Board supports missionaries serving across the United States, Canada and their territories. Churches are the missionary incubators and sending centers for missionaries through the Southern Baptist Convention. Missionaries serve in a variety of settings and face tremendous challenges. But the rewards are tremendous and life-changing. Missionaries have the privilege to represent their church and their Father in sharing the gospel as the primary focus of their activity. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as a potential missionary or chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at


For churches as they prepare to send out missionaries and chaplains to push back lostness in North America. For receptive hearts among the people in communities where these missionaries and chaplains will serve. For churches and individuals to partner with missionaries and chaplains and to give of their time and talents. For the Father to send more workers into His harvest to join these missionaries.


Connect as a Sending Church or a Supporting Church with a missionary’s work. Commit to long-term missions support with your missionary partner. Be involved in supporting missionaries and their families. Pray for missionaries.
Many missionaries build a team to join their ministry in prayer, participation, and provision. These friends, family and churches support missionaries beyond the tithes and offerings given within the church plant. Visit for NAMB's policy on providing for church plants.
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