Brian Harper

State Missionary Brian Harper came to the State Board of Missions in April 2020 and serves as the lead church planting strategist. Brian and his wife, Laura, are members of The Church at Brook Hills. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. 


  • BA Human Relations – Samford University – 1988
  • MDIV Beeson Divinity – Samford University – 1994
  • DMIN Gateway Seminary- 2018


  • Missions Pastor – Celebration Baptist Church, Tallahassee, FL
  • Directional Pastor – Christ Our Hope – Hispanic Church, Bessemer
  • Missions Consultant – Partners in Missions, Birmingham
  • Church Planting Catalyst – North American Mission Board, Queens, NY
  • Urban Church Planting Catalyst – North American Mission Board, Seattle, WA
  • Local PEACE Pastor – Saddleback Valley Community Church, Lake Forest, CA
  • Director of Missionary Orientation – International Mission Board, Rockville, VA
  • Missionary – International Mission Board
  • Hispanic Church Planter – Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham