Pastor Brian Wise (he,him) currently serves as Senior Pastor at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Naperville IL. Before serving in Naperville, he was Associate Pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Aurora, IL and he also served in the Coordinator Position in the Office of the Presiding Bishop for the ELCA Churchwide Offices. He graduated from Valparaiso University with a B.A. in Theology and a Minor in Music. He received his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is currently enrolled at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA working on his Doctorate in Ministry focusing on Pluralism and New Religious Movements.
His proposed dissertation is a documentary film which will focus on the Rastafari movement titled, "Roots, Rock, Reggae, Zion". In a time when our world, country, and communities feel divided, he has proposed to address this division by seeking to know his neighbor, love his neighbor, and creating a space where Rastafari teachings and beliefs can be told through film. He sees this film as an opportunity to share a historical and current context of Rastafari, told through Rastas, Scholars, and Musicians around the world!
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