Youth Pastor & Director of Christian Education
Brian attended Gordon College in Wenham, MA where he graduated with a degree in Christian Ministries (Youth Ministry Concentration) and Biblical & Theological Studies. He recently returned to Gordon to continue his education, pursuing a Master of Arts in Leadership. Brian has a passion for youth ministry and a heartfelt desire for the youth of today to know & feel the genuine love of God.
Brian’s hobbies include exercising and being active, playing basketball, playing music, going to concerts, traveling, taking walks with his wife and daughter, & hanging out with his brother & sister-in-law among other things.
On, July 17th, 2011, Brian married his wife, Rachel (pictured with him) – an English Literature & Theater Arts graduate of Gordon College. Rachel works as a development associate for Hands Offering Hope. She also co-founded a theatre company known as The 5th Wall, putting up original, immersive shows a few times a year on the North Shore of Boston.
Beginning in the summer of 2014, Brian & Rachel helped found the Global Youth Leadership Institute, run by Hands Offering Hope. With its inaugural run in Chiquila, Mexico in the summer of 2015, the 6-week leadership bootcamp for potential-packed teens from impoverished areas sets the stage for each student to pursue their passion & develop their potential for a better future.
Brian & Rachel welcomed their first child, a daughter, in February of 2018. Her name, Selah Wren Gawlak, is a reminder of the provision, providence, and care of God our Father.
Before coming to East Baptist Church, Brian served as the Interim Youth Pastor for Grace Fellowship Church in Danvers, MA.
Brian became the Youth Pastor & Director of Christian Education at East Baptist Church in November 2010.