2017 National Funeral Directors Association Convention in Boston MA – “Service of Remembrance (Excerpt)” – In 2013, people of all faiths came together to help their city heal following the Boston Marathon bombing. In this same spirit of unity, this year’s NFDA Service of Remembrance will highlight our country’s rich Judeo-Christian heritage. The service will both explain and demonstrate the meaning behind various religious rituals and traditions through which generations have found comfort and strength to cope in times of loss. Through this educational and meaningful Service of Remembrance, attendees will come to better understand the role faith and religion play in funeral service and be better prepared to help those they serve in their own communities.
FEATURED SPEAKER PASTOR BRAD RILEY
Brad Riley is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. With a Catholic background from his youth, his heritage gives him an appreciation for the historic Christian faith. As a minister, he loves all branches of Christianity. A good friend has coined a new name for him… “Orthocathorene”; part Orthodox, part Catholic, and part Nazarene. He takes that as a high compliment.
Brad’s work in the community often opens up opportunities to minister in ecumenical settings where he meets with families from various to no theological backgrounds. What really matters to those families is not his denomination or creed, but that he shares the love of Jesus with them in some of their most difficult times.
Brad and his wife Rhonda have served churches in San Antonio, Texas and Wichita, Kansas. They have been married for 31 years and have two children. They reside in Wichita, Kansas, where he currently serves as Associate and Teaching Pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene. He is also the founder of The Merciful Servants of Christ, a discipleship order for spiritual formation, and The Ecumenical Christian Prayer Group. Brad also travels to speak in churches and organizations inspiring them to grow deeper as intentional disciples of Jesus Christ.