Perhaps it is the natural result of being southern-born, or perhaps it is something more intentionally acquired—either way, the Cormiers have mastered the art of loving people with a level of authenticity and intentionality that is almost palpable. To know Brandon, Octavia, Riyan, and Norah is to experience family. Creating a sense of family has been the Cormiers’ passion for over 12 thriving years of youth & young adult ministry in Louisiana, Colorado, and Arizona.
Brandon & Octavia’s ministerial journey together began in the context of being discipled by missionaries while students at Youth With A Mission. Serving together on the streets of Chicago and in the charities of Calcutta, India, marked their hearts to forever see the “one” amongst many and always believe in the supernatural ability of God for miracles and provision.
Pastoring ministries of hundreds and overseeing conferences and outreach events of thousands in addition to leading in both multicultural and multigenerational settings have helped to prepare Brandon & Octavia for senior leadership. Additionally drawing from years of discipleship of young women and now serving as a registered psychotherapist, Octavia combines psychological applications with spiritual truth to help people experience authentic freedom. She holds a BS in Psychology from McNeese State University. Brandon’s background in leading prayer movements, preaching both domestic & international ministry, and developing youth pastors, have equipped him to lead with an infectious level of passion for Jesus that results in transformed lives. He holds a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University.
Since their beginning years of ministry, Brandon and Octavia have known that they would be involved somewhere in church ministry their entire lives; however, when God began to plant the seed of launching a church, both were shocked! In the spring of 2018, they began to experience a “supernatural love” for Colorado Springs— the city in which both of their children were born–and where they served for five years in youth ministry (2011-2016). It was in that season that God made it abundantly clear that He was laying a burden for the city on their hearts.
After much counsel from spiritual fathers, pastors, and mentors, Brandon and Octavia have made the exciting decision to obey the call of God by launching a Spirit-empowered, life-giving church in order to reach those who are far from God. Riyan and Norah regularly ask them, “When are you going to finally be our pastors?” Suffice to say, there is a great deal of excitement and passion in the Cormier household and among the emerging team to impact people of every age and stage of life in their own city! Please continue reading for more concerning Brandon and Octavia’s hearts’ yearning to advance the kingdom of God by launching Zeal Church!