Pastor Edward Bryant was born in California grew up in the northern Washington State. His parents were adult converts to Christianity, and he was baptized as a young boy, together with the rest of his family. Consequently, he has lived at the interface of the Christian faith and the unbelieving world. He attended the University of Washington, Skagit Valley College, and received a degree in history (Phil Alpha Theta Honorary Society in History) from Western Washington University in Bellingham in 1971. He received his B.Th. from Martin Luther Institute of Sacred Studies at St. Matthew,

in Detroit, Michigan. He did post-degree work at Wayne State University in Detroit and received his M.S. in Education Administration (supporting academic area: basic sciences) from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.


Pastor Bryant was ordained in 1973 and served as teacher and assistant to the headmaster at St. Matthew Lutheran Church and School, Detroit. From 1975 until 1986 he served as principal, teacher, and assistant to the pastor at Lakewood Lutheran Church and School in Tacoma, Washington. he was pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Port Orchard, Washington from 1986 until 1999, when he moved to Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN to be Director of Development. In 2002 he was called to St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois, where he served until his call to Medford/Grants Pass, Oregon.

Pastor Bryant was married to Deborah nee Hecksel in 1972. Deborah has been a professional calligrapher since 1978 and operates Wordcrafters (, a business providing custom calligraphy and calligraphy instruction.

The couple have four married children, living with their families in Boston, MA, La Crosse, WI, Mankato, MN, and Washougal, WA.