Brian Sumner is an Evangelist/Pastor/Speaker who came to faith in 2004 at the height of his professional skateboard career.
Born in Liverpool England, at age 15 Brian transplanted to America to become part of Tony Hawk’s Birdhouse Skateboards, building a successful decade long career riding for some of the biggest skate companies in the world.
In 1999 Brian was married and soon he and his wife Tracy were expecting their first child. Within just a few years of marriage, without either of them having faith, they were soon fighting, struggling, and divorced. This left Brian feeling angry, depressed and even suicidal.
This year of separation led Brian in search for truth, ultimately to prove there was no God, with the aim of proving life had no purpose.
As Brian challenged the different faiths, asking the tough questions and digging into Gods Word, he had a life changing experience leading to his coming to faith in Jesus Christ.
“I was going to God to fix my life, while He was revealing the issue of sin, the cursed world we live in and the reason He sent His Son Jesus. This “Good News” was new to me! One night, at home in my office, while divorced from Tracy, crying out to God, He opened my eyes, awakened my heart, and I experienced His love and forgiveness exactly as His Word declares. I promised to get baptized, use skateboarding however God saw fit, and even, if He led re-marry my ex-wife.”
Tracy came to faith within three weeks having her own God encounter, and they were re-married going on to have two more children.
As God began to work in their lives, rebuilding their marriage, He also opened doors for Brian’s faith to be shared. I AM SECOND – BILLY GRAHAMS MY HOPE – CBN – along with other television channels, radios shows and other media began shared their conversion and reconciliation story internationally.
Speaking at Youth Events, Churches, Outreaches, Festival, Recovery Centers, Schools, Missions Trips, Mens Conferences and the like soon became the norm for Brian.
In 2013 Brian’s home church Branches affirmed his call and encouraged him to step out by faith to raise full time support so as to focus completely on ministry.
MISSIONS – MARRIAGES – MINISTRY
MISSIONS – Evangelizing people locally and internationally, training, leading missions trips, or speaking at outreaches and festivals, The Great Co-Mission has been a part of our every day lives, as it should be.
MARRIAGES – God powerfully restored our marriage and family, leading to our encouraging people, counseling people, witting a book, and beginning to travel to speak. Marriage Ministry is a normal part of our life.
MINISTRY – Being ready in and out of season means just that. No day is the same, be it speaking at Branches as part of the teaching team, a local, rehab, our bi-weekly SKATE NITE, weekly WE GATHER Street Ministry, a conference in Australia, or a Missions trip to Costa Rica, ministry encompasses whatever the Lord may bring.
Brian also sits on the board or partners with certain ministries like D2L or helping to produce film projects like the “Hardflip” movie, or the SkateBible movie “Foolishness” which Brian co-produced, wrote, and directed that went on to win “best Evangelistic film of 2013″.
In 2015 Brian published his first book, “Never Fails” . 30 chapters focused on sharing Gods truth, revealing their struggles and victories as a tool to use as they continue sharing the work God can do in marriages.
For more visit the “Testimony” page.