Preacher with a Skate Shoe Named After Him

Bethany Jenkins | July 8, 2015

Brian Sumner is a professional skateboarder and evangelist pastor originally from Liverpool, England. In 2013, he produced a short film, Foolishness, which John Piper called “the fullest 60-minute gospel word I’ve heard.” Sumner currently serves as city pastor of Rock Harbor Church in Huntington Beach, California, where he lives with his wife and their three children.

How do you describe your work?

I’m a skater, husband, father, and pastor. I skate a few times a week, with my kids or other skaters. I also do lots of preaching and teaching at my home church, and travel as doors open up. When I’m at home, though, I’m focused on being a husband and a dad. Plus, since my wife and I have a unique redemptive story about our marriage, we also spend time focused on helping marriages.

How did you get into skating?

When I was 13 years old, I saw Police Academy 4, was introduced to skateboarding, and thought it was all stunts. I was immediately hooked and got a skateboard for my birthday.

Growing up in Liverpool was tough. I got in lots of fights. But skating became my release. I’d skate for hours, fascinated by being able to jump…

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