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Brett Bymaster

Brett Bymaster

Youth Director

Brett has been at The River since 2006.  Brett, and his wife Angela, led the youth program as volunteers for two years before Brett joined the staff as Youth Director in August 2014.  Brett's fifteen year career as a silicon valley Electrical Engineer came to a screeching halt when God told him to dump the electrons and work with teens instead.  

Brett and Angela have four kids: one college student, two high school teens, and one insane preschooler who's pretty sure he's a teen as well. They live in the downtown San Jose Washington neighborhood, and love to eat pozole and tamales at their neighbors' houses. Brett, aka Flaco, has an uncanny knack of showing up at Latinos' houses when there's food.  Angela is a family practice physician, who works with homeless patients in Santa Clara County.  Dr. Angie writes about homeless in San Jose on SanJoseHomeless.org.

Brett is passionate about sharing the Good News of Jesus with all kinds of teenagers.  Brett and Angie met doing Mission Year in Oakland, CA, and have lived and volunteered in socioeconomically disadvantaged minority communities for fifteen years.  They share a passion for introducing affluent folks to the great wealth of community that exists in the low income neighborhood they call home.  

Brett loves telling stories from the Bible, crazy stories from his sordid past, and the occasional tall tale (of course never blurring the lines). When not hanging out with teens at church, Brett can be found in the Washington neighborhood eating pozole, or at home jumping on the trampoline with his preschooler, or watching his teens play soccer.  Brett and Angie love to volunteer at Washington Elementary, where they get to see miracles of God all the time, and find themselves occasionally (often) caught up in neighborhood politics.