A successful businessman before answering God’s call to ministry, Bryant is a respected Bible teacher, pastor, husband, father and community leader. He is a straightforward communicator who uniquely connects God's unchanging truth with a diverse culture through compelling and creative teaching.
In all services, the message from the pulpit is presented in a teaching style. Always centered on a key passage of Scripture, his sermons are practical and seek to explain how Scripture can be applied to everyday life. Bryant doesn’t shy away from controversial issues. If the Bible deals with them, he will seek to deal with them, too.
He was first called in 1981 to be the senior pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church when it was a mission church meeting in an empty doctor’s office. The church campus is now located on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta, Georgia.
Bryant is the founder and chairman of Right From The Heart Ministries. Using secular radio, television, print media and the internet, Bryant provides challenging, inspirational and insightful messages to encourage people in this hard-charging world in which we live.
He has authored five books, One Minute of Your Time
, Another Minute of Your Time
, One Minute of Your Day, Seeds of Turmoil
and Right from the Heart
. You can find out more about Bryant's resources, listen or view his messages online and download podcasts at Right from The Heart Ministries
Bryant graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1974 and received a Master of Divinity in 1980 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2007 he was granted an Honorary Doctorate from SEFOVAN seminary in Madrid, Spain, and in 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of South Carolina.
Bryant served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from June 2010 - June 2012.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Bryant and his wife, Anne, reside in Marietta, Georgia. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.