- Serving in HIV/AIDS ministry in El Salvador conducting AIDS prevention/awareness and wellness workshops in prisons
- Pastoral support for AIDS patients and family members
- Regional coordinator for LWF International Youth Program from 2001 to 2003
- Theology teacher at Lutheran University of El Salvador
- Birthday: August 24
- Address: A.P. 05-66, Metro Centro, San Salvador, El Salvador
Brian was commissioned as a missionary of the ELCIC on October 9, 1988, to serve the Fe y Esperanza orphanage of the Lutheran Church in El Salvador and as a liaison between Canadians and Salvadorians.
In 1994, Brian shifted his focus to HIV/AIDS ministry and assisted the Roman Catholic Archdiocesan AIDS team, including their youth drama troupe Luz de Luna, in conducting AIDS prevention/awareness workshops in parishes throughout the country. More recently, with funding from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Canadian Lutheran World Relief and the ELCIC, he has helped to develop Quetzalcoatl, a foundation that promotes human well-being, self-esteem and AIDS prevention among prison inmates in EL Salvador. In this work he also provides pastoral support for AIDS patients and family members.
From 2001 to 2003, Brian served as Regional Coordinator (Americas and Caribbean) for the LWF International Youth Program, focusing on globalization and leadership. He is also teaching classes in the theology department of the Lutheran University of El Salvador.
The Salvadoran Lutheran Synod has over 7,000 members in 28 congregations and 18 preaching points. The church is a member of the LWF and is led by Bishop Medardo Gomez. Commenting on Brian's work, Bishop Gomez wrote, "It is a magnificent work he is developing … It is an honour to have him representing the Lutheran Church."
Born in Grande Prairie, AB in 1956, Brian is the son of Rev Milton and Mrs Gladys Rude. A graduate of the Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute in Outlook, SK, he studied at Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute and Augustana University College in Camrose, AB, receiving his BA degree from the University of Alberta. In May of 1983, he graduated with a MDiv degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon. Following ordination he served St. John Lutheran Parish in Wapella, SK, and Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Calgary.
Referring to AIDS ministry and marginalized people, Brian writes, "So many have so long since given up on the church, and any good news it might claim to offer, hearing mostly self-righteousness and judgment, and experiencing mostly rejection and condemnation. Hopefully the entire church will open its heart to the broad range of God's creation, so that we can love and be loved, teach and learn, be channels of and receive God's grace, together."
Brian received the Katharine Hockin Award in 2004 from the Canadian Churches Forum for Global Ministries in recognition of his contribution to global mission and ministry for the past 15 years in El Salvador.