Pastor Brent Higdem came to NLR First United Methodist Church in 1993 after moving from Pine Bluff, AR. He came to Arkansas in 1988 to Jefferson Regional Medical Center to help the hospital start their Open Heart Surgery Program and provide the training fo the critical care nurses to support that program
He grew up in Bagley, MN, and graduated from Bagley High School in 1965. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal and Instrumental Music from Valley City State College of Valley City, ND, in 1975, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mary College of Bismarck, ND, in 1985 with an area emphasis in emergency and critical care, and a Masters in Management from University of Mary of Bismarck, ND, in 1994. Brent spent 38 plus years in the military with deployments to Vietnam for three tours and to Germany for one tour. He retired in 2006.
He received his license to preach in July of 2011, was appointed as associate pastor at NLR FUMC in September of 2011 and is currently working on his course of study from Redbird Mission of Beverly, KY, to become a local pastor. Brent serves as the pastoral care minister, making visits to hospitals, nursing homes and with shut-ins.
Brent and his wife Pam have four children and three grandchildren.