The Courage Conference exists to be a refuge for survivors, to educate and empower advocates, and create the conditions where this movement for change can become a Justice Generation that recognizes and resists abuse everywhere.

Now in its third year, this annual gathering of abuse survivors, advocates, and those who love them is an event uniquely poised for this moment in history.


This is a story of a sexual abuse cover up by church leaders, whistle blower bashing, deceit, obfuscation and deflection. What started as an internal church matter ballooned into a local news story complete with a pastor’s forced sabbatical, lawsuits, protection orders, police investigations and the downhill slide of a Christian church in North St. Louis County.



The story begins …

“He was a Bible College graduate, a skilled musician, a talented worship leader, a gifted creative arts director, a youth sponsor, a church intern, a church member — and a pedophile.”

“On January 26, 2015, in a courtroom in St. Louis County, Brandon Milburn pleaded guilty to seven counts of sodomy with two minors under the age of 12.”

“On March 30, 2015, Brandon Milburn was sentenced to three concurrent 25 year terms in prison.”


First Christian Church of Florissant

The beginning of the story goes back to a time when Brandon first arrived in St. Louis. He enrolled at Saint Louis Christian College in August of 2005 and began attending and volunteering with the children’s ministry at FCCF. The church hired Brandon part-time as a children’s intern with two other interns the next year (2006), working with 5th graders. He would continue as a paid intern through December of 2007.

During the 2006-2007 school year, a former staff member reported that

“I had conversations with Brandon about being alone with both (Family Name) boys and the youngest (Family Name) as all 3 boys stated how uncomfortable they had gotten. Notto my surprise, he pushed what I was saying away. I told the (Family Name) about my conversation and how uncomfortable their son was and they asked Brandon to move back to SLCC. From there, I honestly avoided him…because he honestly, avoided me.”

We have released several documents
for public viewing. Please take a
moment to read some.


Media attention has been plentiful.
We’ve compiled all known articles here.