Kurt Bringerud was born in Sweden on July 31, 1957 and spent the first 8 years of his life in Japan. The son of missionaries, Kurt has 3 siblings: Two older sisters and a younger brother. Kurt attended Indiana University and graduated with a degree in history. Kurt then entered North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago where he prepared for a career in missions. While in seminary, Kurt married his college sweetheart. Although they were later divorced, they have 1 adult daughter, Lydia. After 2 years of seminary, Kurt moved to Indianapolis to join a parish belonging to the Evangelical Orthodox Church movement. In 2002 this parish officially joined the Orthodox Church in America and took on the name: St. John the Forerunner. Kurt serves the St. John parish as a reader, youth director and church school teacher and is a member of the parish council. Kurt has taught Japanese for various public school corporations throughout central Indiana for 22 years. During the summer of 2010, following his involvement in a Project Mexico trip with a team from central Indiana, Kurt once again felt God's call to the international mission field, a calling he is resuming after a nearly 30 year hiatus.