Brian was born in New Zealand in 1959, moved to Australia when he was five, and has lived in Queensland ever since. He was raised in a family in which politics was a major focus and the writings of Karl Marx were part of conversations. As a young man, Brian was an atheist, committed to the politics of the Left, and preparing to join the political fray after university.
During high school however, Brian opened a Bible for the first time in his life and encountered the Person of Jesus Christ. He soon began to study for pastoral ministry. He married Caroline in 1981, and has for almost four decades been involved in pastoral work and church planting in Baptist Churches in Queensland.
Brian has a passion for Christian schooling and was instrumental in the establishment of a Christian College in the community in which he lives. He is also President of the Bundaberg Branch of Cherish Life Queensland.