Huntington, WV Black History

Pastor Gary P. Brydie

Pastor

Pastor Gary P. Brydie

was born on May 19, 1960, in Jamaica, New York. His formative years were spent in Brooklyn and Jamaica. In 1980, he relocated to Huntington, WV, to begin a new life, and to subsequently marry.

Brydie served as a City of Huntington Police officer from 1982 to 1985. He also worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Ashland, Kentucky, for 27 years before retirement. He worked in Federal Prison Industries (UNICOR) as the Quality Assurance Specialist, supervising the quality assurance, inspection and ISO programs. He also served in various collateral duties as EEO counselor, Affirmative Action recruiter, Black Affairs Program Manager and Hostage Negotiation Team Leader. After retirement in 2012, Pastor Brydie began driving school buses for Cabell County Schools. On April 27, 2023, he was selected for the Service Personnel Worker of the Year Award for Cabell County Schools.

Pastor Brydie was ordained as an Elder with the Glorious Church of God in Christ, Inc., in August 1989. In 1996, he was appointed to serve as a member of the General Board and State Diocese Overseer. In 2008, he was appointed to serve as Interim Pastor of The Glorious Church OGIC in Charleston.

During the General Assembly in 2009, Pastor Brydie was elevated and consecrated to the office Bishop and appointed to serve as the General Treasurer for the Glorious Churches. In February 2011, he was installed to serve as pastor of The Glorious Church in Huntington and continues to do so today. In 2014, he was appointed to serve as West Virginia State Diocese Overseer. During the General Assembly in 2018, he was elevated to serve as 2nd Vice Bishop of the Glorious Churches OGIC.

Pastor Brydie also serves on various local community boards such as the Positive People Association; Salt of the World Ministry; and the Neighboring Initiative Charitable Trust Board. The NICT Board has sponsored the annual Day of Hope for the past 18 years to commemorate the lives of the four area teenagers tragically killed on Charleston Avenue in 2005.

Pastor Brydie has served as a volunteer chaplain at the Emogene Dolin Hospice House and also as a Big Buddy for the Hospice Sponsored Camp Nabe (Good Greif) for young people dealing with grief after the loss of a loved one. He is currently on a rotating schedule for offering the opening invocation at Huntington City Council meetings.

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