Brad Teel

  Middle School Director

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Bio: My day job is working for the PUD in the Engineering Department as a Project Coordinator. I started at the PUD when I was 19 years old, and most likely will retire between 2 and 12 more birthdays. I was also 19 years old when I met my wife Mary. If you look up awesomeness in the dictionary, you would see a picture of Mary ... I am really amazed at how she can put up with me. We have two kids that we are super proud of. Our son is happily married and has a son. Our daughter graduated from SPU and works at Amazon.

I got started with youth in 1990 as a baseball coach. I coached both our kid's teams from T-ball till high school. I felt God tugging me over to youth ministries around 2002. I still umpire games for the 12 and 16 U Fast-pitch league. 

Favorite Verses: Revelation 21:1-5

Why did you first come to IBC?

I'm pretty sure that my wife's family plotted against me and tricked me into going to a Christmas cantata at IBC. But as it turned out, it was God calling me by name ... I was no match for God's irresistible grace.

How would you describe yourself?

I am very comfortable being a dork.

What do you bring to your role that people would not expect?

People don't expect a dork to start sharing Jesus with them. I love to watch the expression on their face.

Best advice you ever received?

If you wear out the pages of Scriptures, you won't be worn out.

What has God be doing lately that has surprised you?

Godcidences ... no, not coincidences - Godcicendes.

What is one book that has most impacted you?

"Living by the Book" by Howard Hendricks. It is not fair to say that this is a "how to study the Bible for dummies" but it really is an easy read and had a huuuuuge impact on me.

What is your greatest challenge?

Remembering names. I can pretty much remember your name after meeting you at least 49.2 times.

What inspires you?

Seeing God move in hearts.

What is something most people don't know about you?

I represented my 6th grade class at the track meet ... in the high jump! Yes, at 4'7" I could jump 5'2". I was really bummed to see that I had to face a guy that was over 6 feet tall. He won the event by jumping 5'5". :)

What is your life verse?

Matthew 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit."