It’s 11:30 a.m. on a Friday and 23-year-old Tyler Brasher shows up to work, citing a uncooperative trash bag as the reason for his lateness. His brown hair, expertly styled to the perfect amount of mess, his scruffy brown facial hair, black framed glasses and tall lean, frame make him look more like a Portland coffee shop hipster than a leader at an Assemblies of God church located right in the middle of the Bible Belt.
Tyler Brasher may be only 23 but he has already accomplished an impressive amount in his professional life. Brasher is the Worship and Creative Director at Thousand Hills Church in Corinth, Texas, making him one of the youngest to hold this position in the church’s history.
He was chosen at the age of 14 by the leaders of his childhood church to be mentored and tailored for exactly this role. They helped him hone his musical gifts and promoted him to leadership roles within the church’s youth groups from a young age in an attempt at preparing him to one day work for the church.
Brasher believes he was called upon by God to serve and inspire through music and worship and has devoted his life to following the path that he feels was set out for him by God himself.
“The lord spoke to me,” Brasher said. “ I saw visions of leading worship to thousands someday. I still think that there will be more than this, that this is a stepping stone.”
Stepping stone or not, Brasher has spent most of his young adult life working with and being in charge of people much older than him. He was thrown into this role sooner than planned but his talent, motivation and optimism have garnered him the respect of coworkers many years his senior.
Brasher tells how it was hard at first for people to see him as a leader and not as the little kid they watched grow up within the church but now he has earned the respect of his peers.
“I had to let go of the idea that I was too young to lead and accept that I don’t have to have strengths in everything in order to gain respect,” Brasher said. “I’ve had to work for it in order to gain credibility.”
He now is in charge of the entire church band as well as planning all of the churches productions and worship events; a job that consumes almost every minute of his day.
Brasher’s day is a whirlwind of jumping from task to task. One minute he’s writing e-mails and formatting sheet music, the next he’s pitching Rihanna parody ideas to his pastor, and then he’s off to the sanctuary to help a youth group member prepare her solo for Sunday’s service.
“Tyler is busy 24/7,” his girlfriend, 19-year-old Nicole Messner said. “He spends hours every night working on songs and coming up with production ideas, it’s pretty impressive.”
Although Brasher is well-respected and very successful, he gives all the credit to the people that surround him. Rarely does he take the glory for himself but instead says how God, his parents and his mentors at the church have guided him to where he is today.
He surrounds himself with people that share his strong faith and claims that without the opportunities he has been given through church and growing up in a religious household, he would not be the man he is today.
“Tyler makes us all better,” Brasher’s coworker Tiffany Brewer said. “He is so humble and makes you work harder to live your life for others. He’s also super goofy and knows how to have a good time which can sometimes be a hard thing to balance.”
When asked what his “end game” is for his life, he didn’t give the expected answer. He didn’t mention love or money or success but rather a much deeper take on what he wants out of his life.
“I want to know that I did everything that God wanted me to do,” Brasher said. “I know that if I do that, I’ve done everything right.”