My name is Brandon Trentham and I grew up in Tulsa, OK. I can remember as a boy, my dad introducing me to duck hunting and I have been hooked ever since. I didn’t even pull the trigger on that first outing to a farm pond, nor did I have camouflage or waders on, but I remember my first time to hold a mallard drake in my hands. The pillow-soft feathers running through my fingers sparked a love for creation that I had never experienced before that moment. I have been in a blind or deer stand ever since!
Growing up, my family always went to church and trust me, I knew EVERY answer. I had countless Bible verses memorized, could navigate a felt board in a Sunday school class, and could smell out the free donuts from halfway across the church. However, I did not realize that “For God so loved the world,” included me and that, “he gave his one and only Son,” to atone for my sins even though I wasn’t even born and, “whoever believes in HIM” was not me before this point (John 3:16). At a youth camp in Oklahoma, sitting on the second row, I realized that I was a sinner for the first time and needed Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
What is interesting about my story, is that life didn’t get easier in that moment, but worse. My mother had been struggling with addiction and had become abusive in a number of ways. Within a few years, my parents were filing for divorced and countless situations occurred that no kid should have to navigate on their own. I can remember beginning to wonder if I had “messed up” when I prayed to submit my life to Christ. Maybe I didn’t pray loud enough? Maybe I got distracted and God stopped listening? I just couldn’t figure out why things were going south so fast after that preacher had told me how much Jesus would help me. It was in this moment that it clicked, (not that all of my problems disappeared, God doesn’t promise to make your problems disappear anywhere in Scripture)… I realized that God was with me and in control of all things. God knew my future, he knew my needs, and I had to trust HIS plan rather than my own.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.Philippians 4:12-13 ESV
As I got older, I didn’t want anything to do with “church.” I had too many memories of whiplash between getting up early to be the fakest and best dressed family in attendance to getting home and being mocked for wanting to be baptized because “God didn’t even love me.” When you grow up hearing contradictory statements and seeing what addiction can do to a family, church doesn’t feel like the best “solution.” After struggling to find my way and trying my best to ignore that moment that Jesus changed my life at camp, I found myself missing out on something. I did what everyone does when they decide to turn their life around and googled, “churches near me.” It is silly to look back on my method but I am sure glad I went that Sunday. Being the first in my family after the divorce to get “plugged” back into the local body of believers is truly a gift from God and at that moment, little did I know, God was shaping the rest of my life.
I had been volunteering in the youth department for a few months when I was asked, “What do you think about going into ministry?” A question I quickly declined but could not stop from running through my mind on repeat. Finally, I believe that God used that question to draw me into full time vocational ministry. I started out as a student pastor and over the years have served as both a student and kids pastor. It was also at church that I met and fell in love with the girl singing on the platform who would later become my wife. Eden and I have two kids, Aspen (3 years old) and Brooks (1 year old). We are involved in multiple ministry opportunities as a family, Eden leads worship at our church, she has a worship album on Spotify (new music to come soon), she leads worship for events across the region, I serve as the Student Pastor, I preach camps over the summer, and probably my favorite endeavor (if you can have a favorite) is what I get to do with More Than A Calling. All of these opportunities are a blessing because someone with my story should not love the church this much…. BUT GOD changed my life and I can’t do anything besides serve him.
My time is now spent chasing our babies, pursuing my wife, and chasing fowl. Because of who God is, I use every avenue of my life to share with others how Christ changed my life and the gift of grace that is available to all who seek him. Hopefully you will reach out and say hey and if we are lucky, I would love to share the blind with you sometime!