Rev. Dr. George Brown, Jr., 20 April 2017

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, professor, colleague, mentor, and friend, completed his faith-filled journey on Earth at his home in Grand Rapids and began his life with the Savior on April 30, 2017. George was born on December 19, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to George and Miriam (McNeal) Brown and he grew up in Feasterville, Pennsylvania. On June 4, 1965 he married Willa Schaver in Erie, Illinois. They were blessed with four children, Sarah who died in infancy, Steven, Douglas, and Jeffrey. George was a graduate of Neshaminy High School (1961), Central College (1965, BA), Western Theological Seminary (1969, M.Div.), Princeton Theological Seminary (1972, Th.M.), and Michigan State University (1989, PhD). He was ordained by the Reformed Church in America (RCA) in 1969 as minister of Word and sacrament and served as pastor at Pottersville Reformed Church in Pottersville, New Jersey from 1969 to 1973 and as minister of Christian education at Central Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 1973 to 1988. In 1988 he became Dean of Faculty at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He was appointed Associate Dean at Western in 1996 and was elected to the office of General Synod Professor of Theology in 1997. From 1999 until his retirement in 2012 he served as the G.W. and Eddie Haworth Professor of Christian Education at Western. George was declared G.W. and Eddie Haworth Professor of Christian Education Emeritus in 2012 and General Synod Professor Emeritus in 2013. He was a member of Christian Educators Reformed Church in America (CERCA), the Association of Presbyterian Educators (APCE), the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education, the North American Professors of Christian Education, the Reformed Church in America‚Äôs Commission on Christian Education and Discipleship, the Faith Alive Board of the Christian Reformed Church, and the Central College (Pella, Iowa) Board of Trustees.

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