BRIAN HERRIN, DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP
I grew up attending and singing at Grace United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Illinois where I was baptized and confirmed. Besides music, I participated in cross country, track, and wrestling and was active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Wrestling brought me to Iowa, where I was recruited by Simpson College. It was during that time at Simpson where my musical gifts began to really take shape. I received a scholarship to study music and was active in the choir, played drums for the jazz band, and performed leading roles in several operas while earning my degree in Music Education.
After Simpson, I went on to graduate school at The University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. There, I continued to study opera and worked on a graduate degree in Music Performance. From Memphis, I went on to sing major roles with companies such as Orlando Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Memphis, Knoxville Opera, Opera Iowa, Operafest of New Hampshire, The Memphis Symphony, and The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Having close to a decade of professional opera experience under my belt, I decided to switch gears. Along with another opera colleague of mine, we started a rock and roll band in Knoxville, Tennessee called “The Billings Band”. We released an album and played shows in several states around the country for almost four years.
In 2007, needing a break from the stage and the traveling, I moved back to Iowa and accepted a management position with a company called Guitar Center in Des Moines. It was during this time that I met Meagan Oppold. Meagan grew up in Iowa Falls and was raised attending Catholic church there. She had graduated from The University of Northern Iowa and was working and caring for her two daughters, Mia and Kyla, as a single mom. I believe that God put this wonderful woman and her daughters in my path to bring me closer to Him. Through their encouragement, I decided to get back on the stage and share my gifts with others again. It did not take long for me to surround myself with great musicians and form a very successful and nationally recognized band called “decoy”.
In 2009, Meagan and I married and the following year we were blessed with our son Andrew. Not long after, we decided to make the move to a smaller community to raise our children. The opportunity for me to work for Meagan’s father made this move possible, so we bought a house in Alden. We quickly found a home at the Methodist Church there and became members. Last fall, in my search for a good piano tuner, God brought Henry Lippert to my door…then, three months later, I accepted your call as the new Director of Worship here at Steamboat Rock Baptist Church.
Currently, I continue to write and perform in my spare time, in addition to teaching piano, voice and guitar lessons. Meagan works as a Purchasing Agent for Metal Tech Industries in Iowa Falls. This past December we welcomed our baby boy Ethan into the world and he is healthy, happy and loved by his brother and two sisters. Needless to say, it is a very exciting time for us as we join you all here as part of your community of worship.