Brian Canaday has been the lead pastor since 2004, following in the footsteps of his grandparents Rev. Luther and Evelyn Barnes. Brian entered the music ministry in 1973 at age 16, becoming the pianist for Southern Gospel quartet Gospel Messengers. In the early to mid 80's he traveled the United States with the Southern Gospel group Jubilation, and in 1993 he was awarded by the Central Illinois Gospel Music Association as Instrumentalist of the Year.
Having already helped his grandparents with the ministry from a young age, Pastor Brian's official ministry at Harristown Foursquare began around 1979 when he became the youth minister. He has touched many young lives, and many people all across the nation who once attended Harristown Foursquare look to him as a powerful influence during their formative years.
Pastor Brian's example is one of humility, kindness, and joy. His approachable demeanor, thoughtfulness, and humor make people feel welcome and important. It is evident through his ministry style that the affirmation and appreciation of others' gifts are very important to him. Above all, what matters most is the leading of the Holy Spirit in every occasion, and Pastor Brian's dedication to this principle is manifest even in our services where the program is subject to change by the Spirit's prompting.