Timothy L. Brown

 Timothy L. Brown

Address101 East 13th Street
Holland, MI 49423

President and Henry Bast Professor of Preaching, Western Theological Seminary

A.B., Hope College,
M.Div., Western Theological Seminary,
D.Min., Western Theological Seminary,

As a young man and a new convert in the late 1960s, I can still see the aging and ill Henry Bast ascending the pulpit to preach. I thrilled then, as I do now, to the gospel he preached. He spoke winsomely of the risen Christ, with the full authority of the Word of God. I’ve pledged myself to the task of raising up a new generation of preachers in the Reformed Church in America to do the same!

Tim Brown brings to the task of teaching homiletics twenty years of preaching and pastoral experience, most recently in a joint position held with Hope College as the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel. While at Hope College Tim participated in a highly charged student spiritual renewal movement that gained national acclaim. Prior to coming to Western Theological Seminary Tim was the senior pastor of Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Michigan, from 1983-1995. During that time the church became one of the fastest growing congregations in the United States, as well as one of the largest in the Reformed Church in America.

Dr. Brown is a frequent speaker at pastors conferences, college campuses, and church renewal events. He has served on the Reformed Church in America’s Board of Theological Education; the Hope College Board of Trustees; and the executive committee of Words of Hope, a worldwide radio ministry; and is currently a General Synod Professor. He writes often for the Church Herald, the Reformed Review, and Perspectives and is a frequent contributor to Preaching Today, a preaching resource of Christianity Today. He is also the author of Witness Among Friends and Let’s Preach Together, as well as a contributing author to The Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible and an Alban Institute volume on inter-generational ministry titled The Church for All Ages.

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