Brad was born and raised in northwest rural Illinois. He completed an undergraduate degree at Ashland University in Ohio. Brad then completed a Master's Degree in music theory from The University of Akron and moved back to the western suburbs of Chicago working in retail management while picking up freelance music work. Brad began teaching music, first as director of bands in the public schools, and eventually taking on a role at the collegiate level. It was during this time he began exploring his call to vocational ministry - a call which would eventually lead him to the Virginia Theological Seminary. Brad and his wife, Christina, reside in Clarendon Hills.