Here’s What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
- The defining moment when Brian knew he had to go into urban ministry
- How Brian learned public speaking as an introvert
- Council for de-escalating a situation and for opening up dialogue to strangers on the street
- Why (and how) Brian prioritizes self-care above all else for his team and himself
- The unique way Brian hiked the Appalachian trail
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About Brian Combs
Rev. Brian Combs is a graduate of NC State and Emory University. While no degree was awarded, his most formative education came from attending integrated public schools, washing dishes at Camp Tekoa, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, and immersing himself on the streets of poverty. On the gritty corners downtown, he felt a calling to urban ministry after encountering God among the most cast aside and dismissed. In 2009, he helped found Haywood St., a United Methodist mission congregation located in the homeless corridor of Asheville.
Haywood Street Congregation
Haywood Street is a United Methodist mission congregation and faith-based nonprofit founded in 2009 by Rev. Brian Combs.
Their core programs include weekly worship, a clothing closet, community garden, a free community lunch known as the Downtown Welcome Table, and Haywood Street Respite, which offers a safe place for adults experiencing homelessness to stay on a short term basis after being discharged from a hospital.
Visit haywoodstreet.org to learn more.
- Camp Tekoa
- Appalachian Trail
- Pritchard Park
- Craggy Gardens
Books & Movies
- Ben Long
- Christopher Holt – Artist that painted the fresco in Haywood St. Congregation
- Howard Thurman