WHO are you?
My name is Bryan Sloan. I’ve been married to Joy, my high school sweet heart and much better half, for over 12 years. We have 4 young kids. Tucker is 9 and loves Jesus and anything competitive. Jaxson is 7 and carries his passion into every area of life, including his faith. Avery is 5 and has the most amazing facial features and voice inflection. Mason is 3 and has wanted to be independent since birth! We are also in the process of adopting a child from Burundi which should fill out the suburban nicely. If I’m not spending time with my family I love spending time with other guys talking Jesus, life, and sports and enjoying all of those together.
WHAT do you do?
I am an elder and the lead pastor at The Fields Church. We planted The Fields 5 years ago along with a small group of believers who wanted to step out in faith and live out the Gospel in more tangible ways. My main focus is to shepherd our church through the ministry of the word and prayer in hopes of accomplishing our mission as a church. I do this through weekly teaching at our Sunday morning worship gathering as well as leading our team of elders, deacons, and other leaders to fulfill our mission in their specific areas.
WHERE did you come from?
I grew up in Arlington, TX my whole life. Most of my memories happened right here in this city. My first time to live outside of Arlington was while I was at school at Texas A&M University (Whoop ’03). I studied Zoology for several years, but in September 2001 it was clear that God was calling me to serve His church. I graduated in May of 2003, started working at Lamar Baptist in Arlington in June, married Joy in July, and started seminary at Southwestern in August. I was privileged to be the Student Pastor at Lamar for 8 years. That is where I learned so much about God, marriage, ministry, parenting, and myself. In 2010 God began stirring my heart to step out in faith and plant a church that was focused on making disciples and taking the church to the world. Lamar Baptist sent us out to plant The Fields Church in 2010 and we are so grateful to be with the people God has placed us with!
WHEN were you saved?
Both of my parents were Christians by time I was a young kid so I grew up hearing the Gospel. At an early age God opened my eyes to see that I had sinned against Him and needed His forgiveness. One day while I was riding in the car with my dad, I asked him if I could be saved. He immediately pulled the car over and helped me outwardly confess my inward faith in Jesus through a prayer. I knew then that I was forgiven by the grace of God. However, like many others, I doubted my salvation at times, lived a double life, strayed from what I knew was the truth, and ultimately lived for myself instead of God. Thankfully, Joel Skinner came into my life in high school and began discipling me and several other guys. I realized then that Gospel centered discipleship was the key to my own spiritual growth as well as my ability to impact others with the Gospel.
HOW has the Gospel impacted you recently?
This past year the Gospel has really impacted me in a life changing way. As the Lord has continued to teach me more about himself as our Heavenly Father and about His love for us as sons and daughters, it has caused me to consider those who who have no earthly father. Knowing that God sent his own Son, Jesus, to redeem us and adopt us into his family has truly overwhelmed Joy and I to the point that we have decide to show that same redeeming love to at least one of the millions of fatherless children around the world and adopt them into our family in hopes of them knowing the redeeming and adopting love of our Heavenly Father.
WHY are you at The Fields?
The Fields Church was born out of a conviction of mine to take the Gospel and the church to the world, not expecting the world to come to the church. This was partially because it was lacking in my own life as well as believing that the New Testament church was built on this strategy to go and make disciples. There have been ups and downs and lefts and rights the past few years, but I can truly say that it has been the best journey my family could have ever asked for. We are stronger in our faith than ever before and we truly love the family that God has built around us at The Fields. My prayer for The Fields is that we would become a family of believers who are truly committed to God and one another as well as seeing the Gospel transform our own lives and the lives of those around us.