Brian Cress serves as IJM’s Director of Youth Mobilization. Brian educates students about the reality of violence against the poor and provides opportunities to engage with IJM’s work by partnering with leaders of middle school and high school church youth groups, Christian and public schools, and universities. Brian is also the author of the book, 10 Minute Moments: Seeking Justice and the creator of IJM’s 24-Hour Justice Experience.
Brian joined IJM in 2007 as the West Coast Director of Development, and transitioned to the Director of Youth Mobilization in 2012. Brian has spoken at churches, youth events, conferences, workshops, school assemblies, camps, and retreats throughout the United States and in the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, Peru and Africa. He has also led IJM trips to India, Philippines, Cambodia, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. In addition to his leadership role with IJM, Brian also serves as a member of the National Network of Youth Ministry and its Youth Ministry Executive Council.
Previously, Brian served on the pastoral team of Westminster Chapel in Bellevue, Washington. After serving as Pastor of Student Ministries for 25 years, he became the Executive Pastor, leading a 35 member staff team and preaching regularly.
Brian received a B.S. in Christian Education from Biola University in Southern California. Brian and his wife Lori, who serves as an IJM volunteer, live in Bellevue, Washington, and have three grown children, Brittany, Graydon, and Marshall.