Q and A with Pastor Brian Tebben (the taller one in pic to left)
Q. Brian, how long have you been at Life in Christ Church and why did you want to be the pastor here?
A. My family and I moved here in June of 2010. There were a number of reasons for coming to Life in Christ. We were amazed at how friendly the church is. The church really is like a family It is quite diverse with people from all over the world. We have people from China, Japan, Cambodia and The Netherlands. We also have a few members who are Navajo. We have people from all over North America. We liked it that the church has a real sense of calling to be people of Jesus in this neighborhood and the valley. And of course the great neighborhood that the church is in and the gorgeous mountains were a real draw as well.
Q. Describe the neighborhood that the church is in and the kind of people who are part of the church or who visit.
A. I tell people that our church is located on the best corner in Utah. We are located in between the University and the downtown area in a great neighborhood called the 9th and 9th. The 9th and 9th neighborhood is full of coffee shops, bakeries, stores, a movie theater and a great pub. The neighborhood is vibrant, funky, ecletic, diverse and that is increasingly mirrored in the make up of our church.
We have students and recent college grads to profesors who teach at the university. We have nurses and waitresses and people who work in the financial sector downtown. We have people who are retired as well as a large group of kids and teenagers. We are a church where Jesus is at the center of what we believe and who we are. But all kinds of people come to our church, Mormons, former Mormons, Atheists, spiritual seekers as well as Christians from a variety of backgrounds. Some people walk to our church and some drive in from different parts of the valley. We try to do a good job of both welcoming a diverse range of people into our church and at the same time growing in what it means to be a Christian community by worshiping and following Jesus. I never know who is going to walk into our church on Sunday morning..and I love that!
Q. What do you do with your free time?
A. I enjoy spending time with my family at Liberty Park. I like to run and work out at the gym. I also love the outdoors and go camping and hiking in the mountains by myself or with my family whenever I get the chance. I love good coffee and beer. So I am often in a nearby coffee shop or sometimes at the pub across the street from church. I love hanging out and talking to people about Jesus, faith and just about anything else. I also am a pretty voracious reader.
Q. Who are some of your favorite authors?
A. Wow, I hardly know where to begin. David Mitchel, Maryline Robinson, Neil Gaiman, Eric Larson, Ian W. Toll. As far as faith and theology, Endo Shusaku, Herman Bavinck, Tim Keller, Michael Horton, Eugene Peterson. I also like to mix things up by reading something from Nadia Bolz-Weber or Pope Francis.
Q. Anything else we should know about you.
A. My wife, my four kids and I live in the 9th and 9th neighborhood. I love the NFL. I binge watch shows like The Sopranos, House of Cards, Breaking Bad and American Pickers. My wife is Japanese so we take off shoes when we enter our house and we eat a lot of rice and drink a lot of green tea. I love Jesus and I love people. I also enjoy introducing people to what it means to be Reformed. If you are looking for a church or simply have questions about life and faith. I would love to talk to you!