Brian Nixon

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Brian Charles Nixon (born 13 July 1969) is a television and radio host, author, minister, journalist, and former rock musician of the rock band, The Electra. He is married to his wife Melanie Nixon and has two sons, Cailan Nixon and Isaiah Nixon and one daughter, Sutherland Jaramillo. They live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1]

Musical work[edit]

During his high school years in San Jose, California, Brian met Jeff Carlson and Chris Manak (aka, Peanut Butter Wolf) and formed the underground rock group, The Electra. Signed to Epithet/Americanon Records,[2] The Electra recorded only one album, USAmerica, but went on to influence other musicians through the continued musical work of Chris Manak and Jeff Carlson’s Stones Throw Records.[3]

After leaving The Electra, Brian attended college and formed two other local bands, Canterbury (1992–1995)[4][5][6][7][8] and Widow’s Mite (1995–2000).[1] Widow’s Mite was signed to the music label Hope Records, owned and operated by Rick Wakeman of the influential rock group, Yes.[1]


Brian Nixon graduated from California State University, Stanislaus, with a B.A in Liberal Studies, Trinity Seminary with an M.A in Religious Education, St. Alcuin House with a D. Phil. in Christian Education,[9] and is a Fellow at Oxford Graduate School.[10]

Christian ministry[edit]

Prior to Brian's involvement with Calvary Chapel, Nixon was a licensed minister within the Church of the Brethren,[11] active in Christian peacemaking.[4]

Brian is the founder of Calvary Chapel Education Association (CCEA), established in 2004.[12]

Brian directed and produced a ten-part documentary interview with famed guitar makers, Pimentel and Sons, before the death of the founder, Lorenzo Pimentel.[13]

He is currently a teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico, US, at Calvary of Albuquerque, where he lectures on church history.


  • Inspired to Teach (Calvary Chapel Publishing, 2003; ISBN 1-931667-75-6)
  • The Master Teacher (Calvary Chapel Publishing, 2004; ISBN 1-931667-93-4)
  • Choosing the Right Bible for You, with Dave Rolph (Calvary Chapel Publishing, 2006; ISBN 1-59751-010-6)
  • Line Upon Line, with Chuck Smith (CCOF Publishing, 2007; ISBN 1-59751-026-2)
  • The Explorer's Study Bible, Contributor. (Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2009; ISBN 978-1-4003-1325-9)
  • Express: On Prayer with Skip Heitzig. (Connection Publications, 2010; ISBN 978-1-886324-72-5)


  • Annual Poetry Anthology, The Bookstore, Ltd.[14]
  • The Presence of Intent: Poetry and Paintings.[15]
  • The Penwood Review, Cameron, L.M, Editor. Spring 1999, Volume 3, Number 1. .[16]


  • The Electra, USAmerica, Americanon, 1989
  • Canterbury, Flowers and Leaves, 1991; A Modest Ascent of Berjm M. Babb (1993)
  • Widow’s Mite, Widow’s Mite (1996), A Garden Rises Up (Hope Records, 1997)

Brian Nixon wrote the modern hymn, Gloria Exaltus, with text co-written by Skip Heitzig.[17]


  1. ^ a b c Punk Rocker, Poet, and Christian Radio Host Makes a Move, Assist News Service (2008)
  2. ^ The Greatest Band You Never Heard: The Electra, International Press Association (2008)
  3. ^ The Electra: A Band Like No Other, Good News Daily (2008)
  4. ^ a b Griffith, Dorsey. "He Had Right T-Shirt-Wrong Rally". Modesto Bee. (April 3, 1991).
  5. ^ Atwood, Lewie. "Local Band Finds Itself". The Signal News. (March 17, 1993).
  6. ^ Staff writer. "Canterbury". American Music Press. (May 1993, Volume 1, Issue 8).
  7. ^ Garcia, Chris. "Battle Cry". The Press Democrat. (Sunday, August 8, 1993).
  8. ^ Cearley, Linda. "Local Band: Canterbury". Modesto Bee. (October 1993).
  9. ^ Shirvani, Hamid."California State University Stanislaus: Alumni Directory". Harris Connect Inc., 2007 PNLH-W27-8-26.8VA. Page 310.
  10. ^ "A School on a Hill", ANS News, Tuesday, April 28, 2009. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-09-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ Hurlbut, David L., "A History of the Empire Church of the Brethren," page 22, ECOB Publishers, 2006
  12. ^ Marsh, Chapin, Dr. "A Classic Excellence: A Framework of Education Based on Christ, Delivered from the Bible". Calvary Chapel Publishing, 2005. Page 6. ISBN 1-59751-018-1.
  13. ^ Retrieved February, 2011.
  14. ^ California Poets, April 1998. Tinwhistle Press. Page 13
  15. ^ Two Mites Press, Modesto, California, 1998.
  16. ^ The Penwood Review Press, Pages 22 and 23. ISSN 1092-5155
  17. ^ "The History of a Modern Hymn: Gloria Exaltus", Assist News, October 21, 2008. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2009-09-04.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)