The Short Version

Brandon J. O'Brien (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is author of four books, including a Bookwi.se Favorite Book of the Year and a Leadership Journal Book Award winner. He is Director of Content Development and Distribution for Redeemer City to City. He lives with his wife, Amy, and two children in Manhattan.


The Slightly Longer Version 

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
— J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Brandon grew up in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas and spent most summers on the eerily beautiful Lake Bistineau in Louisiana. He met his wife during college at Ouachita Baptist University. After college, Brandon and Amy moved to Chicagoland, where they both completed graduate degrees at Wheaton College Graduate School.  

Brandon worked as an editor at Leadership Journal and wrote for a number of Christian publications, including Christianity TodayRelevant, and Outreach Magazine, until beginning doctoral studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. For several years, Brandon worked in Christian publishing as a developmental editor who coached first-time writers. 

In 2014, Brandon and Amy returned to Arkansas to launch OBU at New Life Church, a college degree program made possible by a partnership between Ouachita Baptist University and New Life Church. The program combined Christian liberal arts education and hands-on training in local church ministry.

The O'Briens moved to the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in 2017.