Rev. Debra Brady
Brady earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UCLA in psychobiology and spent 11 years in the corporate world in various capacities with Pacific Bell before responding to a call to pastoral ministry. She is a 1994 graduate of the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) and completed field education with the Walnut Creek UMC. After graduation from PSR, she served as an Associate Pastor for the San Ramon Valley UMC in Alamo for eight years before becoming the Senior Pastor of Modesto First UMC for 11 years.
In her local church ministry, her passions are worship, small group ministry, and urban ministry with those who struggle with mental illness, addictions, and poverty. Brady has served the Annual Conference on the Evangelism Committee, Worship Task Force, Conference Council on Finance and Administration, and as the Convener of the Core Team. She has also served as a Mentor for Residents in Ministry in the Central Valley and as a Spiritual Director for The Walk to Emmaus and Chrysalis.
Brady is married to Steve Veglia and has two adult step-children.