Brian Christopher Coulter

Be Holy - Find Identity, Find Belonging, Find Purpose

Brian Christopher Coulter shows us what it means to be holy in today’s world and how living into this calling helps us discover and develop our sense of identity, belonging, and purpose. Prepare to be changed and begin living the life God meant for you.

 

Be holy.  Listen to the yearning deep inside of you.  Become who God is making you.  Reflect God’s holiness.

– Brian Christopher Coulter - Be Holy

About

Brian Christopher Coulter

Brian Christopher Coulter
Our choice seems to be less about becoming holy and more about embracing holiness.

Brian Christopher Coulter has an honors degree in sociology from Oklahoma State University, a master of divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, and is working on his doctorate in ministry with the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. He has served as a chaplain at a facility for adults with mental disabilities, an associate minister of an urban church, and as a teaching pastor in Kenya.

Professional Experience

Senior Pastor - First Presbyterian Church, Aikin, SC
Associate Pastor - Trinity Presbyterian Church, Fairhope, AL
Chaplain - Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Ga
Interim Youth Director - McDonough Presbyterian Church, McDonough, Ga
Contextual Ministry Intern - Oglethorp Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Ga
International Student Pastor - Presbyterian Church, East Africa

 

Journey of Faith

I am actually the fifth-generation of pastors that have come from within my family. My father, my great-uncle, my paternal great-grandfather and his uncle-in-law were all ordained ministers. Needless to say, I have spent my life in church. I was born, baptized, raised, confirmed and ordained within the PC(USA). I have been nurtured and blessed through these congregations my whole life. I have felt welcomed and loved through this denomination my entire journey. From children’s choir to Sunday School, youth groups to college fellowships, my seminary experience to my first call – my faith has been developed by God primarily through the institutions of the PC(USA). And now I believe that God has called me to serve others in this way – through study, worship and life of this church.

For this reason I embrace tradition, because I am a product of it. But it saddens me to see tradition turned into traditionalism. If tradition is the living faith of the dead, then traditionalism is the dead faith of living. Traditionalism is when we allow our past experiences to speak louder than our present God. Traditionalism is when we assume others wrestle with the issues of faith and life for us, rather than with us. Tradition is when we no longer know why we do what we do.

So I do embrace tradition – not simply tho keep the tradition, but to further the tradition – and tis is where I have discovered my calling.

 

Prepare to be changed and begin living the life
God meant for you.

Books

Be Holy

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Join me. Find identity, find belonging, find purpose. Be holy.

What does it really mean to “be holy”? These two little words seem to echo throughout scripture. 1st Peter quotes Leviticus when we read God’s command: “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” Again in Ephesians when we read that God “chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy”. And in the last chapter of the last book of the Bible we read that we are to “still be holy”.

Our calling to be holy is a challenging one, but living the “normal” alternative often leads to frustration, disappointment, and empty overindulgence. This invitation to be holy challenges us to live our lives set apart; not because God needs us to, but because it is a better way for us to experience and live life.

Brian Christopher Coulter shows us what it means to be holy in today’s world and how living into this calling helps us discover and develop our sense of identity, belonging, and purpose. Prepare to be changed and begin living the life God meant for you.

Be Holy - Find Identity, Find Belonging, Find Purpose

Brian Christopher Coulter shows us what it means to be holy in today’s world and how living into this calling helps us discover and develop our sense of identity, belonging, and purpose. Pre-order now and pay nothing until it ships.

  • Carol Howard Merritt

    author, speaker, PCUSA pastor
    “Books crowd self-help shelves. Authors clamor to tell us to how to succeed, how to feel better, or how to be happier. Be Holy is palpably different. Within these pages, Brian Coulter artfully moves to the core of our longings and awakens our hunger to be more human.”
  • Walter Bruegemann

    Columbia Theological Seminary
    There is an old hymn, “Take Time to be Holy.” Brian Coulter has written an expansive riff on that hymn. “Being Holy” takes time; it also takes energy courage, attentiveness, and intentionality. Coulter brings to his exploration an attentive appeal Scripture and an equal attentiveness concerning contemporary culture in its pop forms. In a society of thin technological living, the summons to “holiness” is of immense importance.  Coulter provides a helpful perspective on the possibility of responding to that elemental summons.
  • David Bartlett

    Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School
    Ostensibly this book is written as an invitation to faith for young adults.  Actually it is an invitation to faith for all of us.  Brian Coulter helps us discover in ourselves a desire to be holy and then rightly turns our attention to something far more basic–the holiness of God.  A wise and winsome book.
  • Debbie Topliff

    Don’t let the title put you off: “Be Holy” is not a command to a strict, joyless existence, but an invitation through a gate swinging open to an expansive life of deep fulfillment and promise. With clear, approachable prose Brian Coulter takes profound concepts and makes them simple, introducing readers to fascinating authors and activists who exemplify the life of holiness. Join the conversation and find yourself moving from normal to extraordinary as you discover that being holy is its own reward.
  • William H. Lamar IV

    Pastor, Turner Memorial AME Church, Hyattsville, Maryland
    Brian Coulter understands young adults in part because he is a young adult.  What he writes in this book about holiness arises from deep biblical and theological wrestling and his lived experience.  Young people want to know what the church stands for, not just what the church stands against.  We stand for holiness – living different, abundant, joyful, just, and beautiful lives  that flow from the self-giving, other-affirming life of the Triune God.
  • Rodger Nishioka, Ph.D.

    Benton Family Professor of Christian Education
    Writing with candor and humility, Brian invites the reader to examine what it means to be holy through the lenses of identity, belonging, and purpose.  What is so refreshing and inviting is how he explores each of these themes drawing upon our deep scriptural and theological heritage while relating them to the very real contemporary experiences of young adults today.  In doing so, he invites us all into a generative conversation about what truly matters:  who we are, how we live in relationship with others, and what it is we are being called to do as together, we seek, by the grace of God, to “be holy.”  Welcome to the conversation!

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224 Barnwell Ave. NW

Aiken, SC 29801

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803-648-2662