Brendan will work hard
Currently a resident of Clinton, Brendan was raised and attended school (K-12) in Westbrook.
Following graduation Brendan began his studies at UCONN’s Avery Point Campus and Central Connecticut State University. Heeding the call to ministry led him to Clark Summit University in Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. Brendan then earned his Master of Arts degree from Capital Seminary in Lanham, Maryland.
Following the completion of his studies, Brendan served as a Baptist Minister, starting as the Youth & Young Adult Pastor at a Maryland church. Fulfilling a promise he had made to himself years earlier, Brendan returned to Connecticut to serve as the Founding Pastor of Lighthouse Community Church in Westbrook. He remained in this position until 2017, stepping down to focus on the creation of the Fusion Podcast, an online forum which provides lighthearted conversations of life and faith to young adults. Additionally, Brendan maintains an active schedule as a motivational speaker at conferences and events.
All aboard with Brendan!
Brendan resides in Clinton with his wife Mary (Costello) Saunders, a Deep River native. Mary is employed as an RN at Middlesex Health; together they are the proud parents of one daughter, Jorden. Both Brendan and Mary enjoy living close to their extended families.
In addition to his ministerial duties, Brendan has also honed a career in tourism and hospitality. He serves on the Hospitality Advisory Board of Manchester Community College and is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Courtyard Marriott in Cromwell.
Brendan has been active in politics for over twenty years. He had barely graduated high school when he volunteered on the committee to elect Westbrook’s Town Clerk, Tanya Lane and distributed lawn signs for Ed Munster’s Congressional Campaign. More recently, he has assisted the campaigns of former State Senator Art Linares and Current State Representative Jesse MacLachlan. A self-described Reagan Republican, Brendan believes that “the greatness of a community lies within its people”. He vows to be a tireless advocate for freedom, fairness and opportunity for all residents and businesses in the 33rddistrict.