Brent Isbell was born and raised in Texas. He spent 33 years preaching for churches in Texas—the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, Houston, and most recently Abilene.
Brent sensed a call from God early in life to serve local churches. He earned degrees from Abilene Christian University (BA in Finance, Master of Religious Education, Master of Divinity) and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry).
He is married to Melinda. They live in Abilene, Texas, where Melinda is a faculty research librarian at Abilene Christian University. They have two daughters, Jordan and Sarah, both adopted as infants from China. Brent has spent the last fifteen years teaching college students as an adjunct instructor of religion and Bible at both the University of Houston and now at ACU.
Brent and Melinda love to travel and have led large tour groups to Israel multiple times. Brent has a special passion for missions and missionaries, traveling to South Africa, Russia, and Mexico, equipping local ministers for success in their leadership roles.
“I have a heart for helping churches as they seek to be healthier and more effective. I believe Interim Ministry Partners is a unique and powerful resource for local congregations. The critical and uncertain transition between ministers is full of promise for churches that really want to discover God’s preferred future for their people. I am enthusiastic about spending the last part of my ministry in collaboration with IMP, serving the larger Kingdom of God.”
Brent loves doing anything with his family. He loves Texas Rangers baseball, even when they break his heart. And he enjoys the outdoors, particularly hunting and stomping around on his family’s 100-year-old rural west Texas property.