About

A fifth-generation native of Edmond, OK, Brett is the oldest of three sons born to a Navy family. Moving around the state and across the country, his family returned to home base in Edmond where Brett graduated from the acclaimed Deer Creek High School.

Brett received two Congressional nominations to the U.S. Naval Academy, but (much to the chagrin of his father) chose instead to accept a Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Oklahoma (wife, Jessica, insists she was the reason he chose to stay close to home).

Brett engaged in all things civic soon after entering OU. As a founding member, Brett joined a handful of other young men in starting and operating the first conservative newspaper in the university’s history. While managing their start-up corporate services company with his wife, Brett was selected by Americans for Fair Taxation as Chairman for Oklahoma AFT.

Disabused by divine circumstance of his dream to become a Navy fighter pilot (oddly the Defense Department prefers pilots with good eyesight) — he graduated from OU with a BBA in Marketing and moved immediately to Virginia Beach (home, ironically, to a bunch of Navy fighter pilots) after accepting a scholarship to Regent University’s joint Law-Government graduate program. Brett was soon after elected President of the student body’s Council of Graduate Students (COGS).

At Regent Brett initiated his political activity after being tapped to run the Virginia and West Virginia campaigns for Alan Keyes for President. He and Jessica moved to D.C. following graduation with an MA in Government to pursue his Ph.D. at Catholic University. But when paying the bills began to take precedence, he put the doctoral program on hold and dived head-first into political consulting, training under Carlyle Gregory.

After three long years in D.C. (and one baby on the way), Brett and Jessica made the decision to trek back home. In 2004, they ventured 1,339 grueling miles in three days with two-month-old Rebekah screaming the entire distance.

Brett immediately re-inserted himself into all things political.  He ran his father’s campaign for Oklahoma House of Representatives. Following the historic Republican takeover of the State House, Brett accepted a political appointment to the House staff in early 2005. He went on to consult in the charter of multiple conservative political action committees. And in 2007, Brett served as National Grassroots Director for Duncan Hunter for President. Since that time he has consulted with multiple non-profits, charities, and public interest organizations.

In 2008, Brett consulted with the U.S. State Department, in coordination with his father, then U.S. Diplomat to Iraq, in bringing a delegation of Iraqi leaders to the U.S. for a tour of several states and capitals. He maintains extensive ties with DOS officials around the world.

Brett now serves on the boards of numerous committees, organizations, non-profits, as the Chief Evangelist for Veritas Strategies, a digital media consulting firm, and is the Executive Director for the Catholic Conference of Oklahoma. He is the author of the short novel entitled The Dream and is currently authoring a memorial biography after the tragic death of his father during the ‘Surge’ campaign for Iraqi freedom in 2008. He and his family converted to the Roman Catholic Church in 2011, are members of St. Monica Catholic Church, and are active in the Edmond and greater-OKC community.

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§ 3 Responses to About

  • Nathan Kerr says:

    Brett,

    My name is Nathan and I too have a degree in theology and was raised Protestant by a pastor who went to Rhema and so on. I just read your testimony on “whyimcatholic.com” and your journey is what I am on now!

    My journey started not too long ago at a huge Assemblies of God church near Minneapolis when a renown preacher John Bevere spoke about “honoring authority” and Hebrews 13 was brought up. At that very instant, I thought of my former hero Martin Luther and about Calvin and Knox and wondered, what right they had to break the church up? I understand that the church had abuses, but never were we called upon to split God’s church rather we are to pray for the leaders God raises up etc.

    I will admit though that my biggest hurdles are praying to the saints as this was initiated in the Catholic church because in Martin Luther’s day (in order to sell indulgences), the church controlled the people by presenting an almost evil version of Jesus who was out to get people and you would call on the saints to petition Christ for favor. This is why Luther presented a merciful Christ using actual scripture.

    But then I get back to my original thought, that yes Luther was correct and we are saved by a merciful Christ but what right (theologically using Luther’s own “Sola Scriptura”) did he have to split the church? Also since this one split, we now have over 8,000 denominations!

    Please assist me on my journey! I am a confused almost convert! lol. By the way, I am in the Army and my next assignment beginning next month is to lead three priests in a station that hires Catholic Priests to serve in the Army. So I wonder if this climax of my journey is coincidental with my next assignment.

    Nathan

    • Brett Farley says:

      Praise be to God, Nathan! I’m humbled and honored that you contacted me, and I’ll definitely assist you in every way possible. We have a number of points in common, so it should be easy to talk on ‘the same page’. I grew up a Navy brat (my father first enlisted in the Army then was commissioned in the Navy). And I learned in my own walk very quickly that the coincidental run-ins with Catholicism were, in fact, not coincidental. But this is how God works: if at first we don’t take subtle hints, he’ll smack us over the head with a two-by-four.

      I definitely understand your quandary concerning praying to Saints, along with other doctrinal issues. These were the greatest impediments to my embracing the Church wholesale…until I read By What Authority by Mark Shea. If you read anything at all, read that book first. It’s the book that pushed me over the edge.

      You see, when one realizes that the question of (legitimate) authority is at the center of it all, then any and all questions of this doctrine or that dogma quickly fall away. The question can be summed thusly: Is the Holy Catholic Church the single source of authority on Earth instituted by Christ through Peter, spread by the Apostles and cradled by the power of the Holy Spirit or isn’t it? If it is, then any suggestions toward breaking from it are not only wrong but also sinful. If it is not, then the only other alternative is that each of us is the final authority in our own determination of Christian doctrine. There’s a word that: auto-papism. And, as you rightly pointed out, this is the fundamental problem with Protestantism. And in point of fact, Luther’s break with the Church has resulted in over 30,000 denominations worldwide.

      The grand irony in all of this is that, despite Luther’s attempt to rewrite the New Testament by inserting the word ‘alone’ in Romans 3:28 (Sola Fide) and that he advocated extrication of James from the New Testament canon, his own doctrinal affirmations were much more aligned with the Church than not (see transubstantiation, infant baptism, Marian devotion, etc). So the vast majority of Protestant denominations reject the very doctrine that the chief initiator of the Protestant movement believed.

      Let’s definitely dig further into doctrinal idiosyncrasies, but let’s have you first really get a good handle on how profound and critical the question of authority is.

      I’m thankful for your journey, and I pray the Holy Spirit guide, bless and protect you as you press forward. This journey will quickly take you from the shallow waters of protest to the unfathomable depths, richness and blessings of a two-millennium-old tradition that started at the very beginning with Christ himself.

      AMDG,
      Brett

      P.S. Please feel free to contact me directly via email: brett @ farleyenterprises dot com

  • Gwen McBride says:

    I am thankful to see that there are still people in Oklahoma who will stand up for Christian principles. This man should be praised from every rooftop in our country for what he did in spite of the consequences he and his family would suffer. ThankGod for him, his family that raised him and the family that he heads at this time. From my heart, Gwen McBride, Tulsa

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