Brad Illian

Associate pastor of Worship


Background & Family:

I was born and raised in upstate New York in a wonderful Christian home with my parents, two sisters, and one brother. In 1989 my family moved to Derry, NH, and my parents have been here ever since, making this “home” for me. After college I was wonderfully blessed to be able to marry Karen in March of 1997. After a couple years in Ohio and then about 5 years in Tennessee, I came back to Derry with Karen in 2004 to be a part of Calvary Bible Church. In the years since then we have been blessed with 2 amazing children, Sadie (Dec 2007) and Jadon (June 2010). It is a great privilege to serve on the pastoral staff at CBC and to be a part of this gracious, loving, and caring church family!


  • BA Church Music, Cedarville University, 1997

  • MA Biblical Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2009

  • MA in Human Services Counseling: Marriage & Family, Liberty University, December 2017

Ministry Experience:

  • Calvary Bible Church, Derry, NH; Associate Pastor/Worship Ministries; 2004–11; 2016–Present

  • Fellowship Bible Church, Murfreesboro, TN; Worship Pastor; 2001–2004

  • Grace Community Church, Dayton, OH; Worship Minister; 1998–2000

My Passion:

To honor and worship my Savior, Jesus Christ, in all I do, whether through leading worship, counseling hurting people, spending time loving and leading my amazing family, or simply enjoying this wonderful, abundant life God has given me to live!


Music – Steven Curtis Chapman, Colony House, any good worship music

Books – Whatever Happened To Worship (A.W. Tozer); Worship Matters (Bob Kauflin); Radical (David Platt); Crazy Love (Francis Chan); Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality (Mark McMinn)

Activities – playing guitar, skiing, biking, hiking

Sports Teams – New England Patriots