our leaders


  • Lead Pastor/Elder - Dustin Coleman

    Dustin has served as pastor at Brainard since December 2011.  He is married to his lovely wife Beth and they have four beautiful daughters, Madelyn Grace, Elisabeth Elliot, Molly Catherine, and Charlotte Jane.  Dustin has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and both an Mdiv and Doctorate of Ministry in biblical theology from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.  He is currently a Ph.D student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and blogs at www.theologyalongtheway.org. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, chess, running, and borders on the verge of idolatry in cheering on the Atlanta Braves and University of Kentucky basketball.

  • Elder- Israel Ledee

    Israel first came to Brainard in the fall of 2015 and came on as a pastoral intern in January of 2017.  He is currently serving as an elder.  He is married to Mariana and holds an undergraduate degree in pastoral ministry from Moody Bible Institute. He enjoys occasional travel with his wife, playing basketball, and a warm cup of coffee. Israel was born in the island of Puerto Rico, but was raised in northeast Ohio. He is also a fan of all the Cleveland professional sports teams (please pray for him).

  • Worship Leader - Clayton Sanderson

    Clayton has served as worship leader at Brainard since November of 2015. He and his wife Amy have one daughter, Gwendolyn Hope. Clayton holds a Bachelor of Music in church music from Union University in Tennessee. Prior to coming on staff with Brainard, Clayton served as a minister of music in Tennessee; he also worked with a church plant in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. While in Pilsen, Clayton completed Gospel for Chicago, an apprenticeship designed to equip pastors, planters, and elders through theology and preaching courses and ministry experience. He enjoys playing with his daughter, cooking with his wife, classical music, cycling, woodworking, and reading history and theology.