Youth Pastor & Director of Christian Education
Brian Gawlak was born & raised in Connecticut. After growing up in a Christ-centered home, serving as a core member of his youth group, and graduating with high honors from Christian Heritage School, 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. Before coming to East Baptist Church, Brian served as the Interim Youth Pastor for Grace Fellowship Church in Danvers, MA. 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 is an avid basketball fan & loves anything to do with the sport – he coaches middle school basketball at North Shore Christian School in Lynn. His other hobbies include playing drums & guitar, going to concerts, traveling, taking walks with his wife, & hanging out with his brother & sister-in-law.
On, July 17th, 2011, Brian married his wife, Rachel (pictured with him) – an English Literature & Theater Arts graduate of Gordon College. Rachel works with Camp Fire, an after-school program for elementary-age youth in Lynn. 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. 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.
Brian became the Youth Pastor & Director of Christian Education at East Baptist Church in November 2010.