Born and educated in the Canadian Maritimes, Brian Arthur Brown was ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada in 1966. He received theological training in Quebec where he married Jenny Gosine, whose family roots are in India and who gave him a world perspective. He was associated with Rene Levesque who, as premier, persuaded Brown to write Separatism in 1976, articulating French Quebec’s aspirations to English Canada. Levesque contributed an impressive foreword, regarded by many as the definitive statement on “Sovereignty-Association” and Brown’s writing career began.
During a lengthy ministry in Western Canada, Brian wrote on Canadian issues from the perspective of northern natives, prairie populism and western alienation (The Burning Bush, The Canadian Challenge and The New Confederation, with a foreword by Premier Bennett of British Columbia, as a reply to Levesque). While in Dawson Creek, he headed a Royal Commission on Northern Education, founded a 4-campus community college, and developed a northern educational philosophy later adopted by the University of Northern British Columbia. In Moose Jaw, he broadcast 1000 national unity radio editorials across the country and Canada’s first televised church services from the cathedral setting of St. Andrew’s United Church.
His more recent Ontario ministry included an attempt to establish a Christian Ashram in Owen Sound, a book on Canada’s role in peacekeeping with a foreword by HRH Princess Anne, and another with economist John Kenneth Galbraith on Canada’s relations with the USA. A stint in multicultural ministry in Toronto led to more writing in Niagara Falls.
Interest in Jewish, Christian and Muslim relationships began earlier during Middle East media junkets and study programs. More frequently involved in the Middle East than in Europe, Brown’s American exposure has also been significant, including doctoral studies at the San Francisco Theological Seminary (Presbyterian), consulting on congregational visions for the Detroit Methodist Union, and both preaching and consulting for The Riverside Church in New York City (United Church of Christ / American Baptist).
Recent endeavors include the script for a United Church musical, Abba Daddy, a spiritual take-off on Mamma Mia, the architectural concept for the new sanctuary at St. John’s Stevensville United Church in Niagara Falls, and sacred sculptures for that facility: The Inukshuk Cross and The Table Rock.
A recent graduate of post-doctoral studies at Harvard University, as a theologian Dr. Brown is Faith and Order Convener for the Niagara Presbytery. Recently retired from regular ministry to focus on writing and book promotion, he is a frequent speaker on the topic of what he calls “The Dysfunctional Family of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar,” the subject his recent books, Noah’s Other Son: Bridging the Gap Between the Bible and the Qur’an and Forensic Scriptures: What the Quran Reveals About the Bible - two prequils to Dr. Brown's best known work, Three Testaments: Torah, Gospel and Quran.
Resumé of (Rev.) Dr. Brian Arthur Brown
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, married Jenny Gosine of San Fernando, Trinidad, two married adult children in Ontario, six grandchildren from kindergarten to university. Moved to Niagara Falls in 2003 to successfully lead three small congregation through an expected period of growth and redevelopment in which one doubled its membership another built a new church sanctuary, and the third continues through a period of renewal.
Seminars at National Office of United Church on new UC Statement of Faith
Analysis of Religion in recent Canadian Census, University of Lethbridge, Alberta
Study of Age in relation to Work - Matthew Fox Lectures, University of Toronto
Presenter/Lecturer at Harvard University Summer Leadership Institute, Boston
Norman Vincent Peale Centre, The Power of Positive Preaching, New York
Officer Chaplain Training in Conflict Management, C.F. B. Borden
Doctor of Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary (Presbyterian)
2009 - 13
Carleton United Church, St. Catharines
St. Andrew's Theological College, (Presbyterian) Trinidad
First United, Sherkston & St. John’s Stevensville- 2 independent congregations
Lansing United Church, Toronto, Ontario (English, Russian, Korean, Iranian)
Division St. United Church, Owen Sound, Ontario (National leader in M&S)
St. Andrew’s United Church, Moose Jaw, Sask. (The Cathedral of the Prairies)
South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek, B.C. (Adult Education emphasis)
Westminster United Church, Medicine Hat, Alberta (Youth emphasis)
St. Paul United Church, Northern Alberta (Multi-cultural emphasis)
Student mission fields and internships in Alberta and Quebec
Faith & Order Chair (Theology), Niagara Presbytery
Wrote Foreword for United Church Multicultural Manual for Toronto Conference
Church Growth Consultant, UC and Anglican, United Methodist Church, USA
Positive Preaching Missions: Western Canada, Yukon, USA & West Indies
1988 - 89
Chair of Grey Presbytery
1988 - 89
Toronto Conference Executive
1984 - 86
Board of Regents, St. Andrew’s Seminary, Saskatoon
Co-ordinator for “Afghan Aid” mega concert at Toronto Centre of the Arts
1985 - 95
Chaplain to Grey & Simcoe Forrester Regiment (with rank of Captain)
1969 - 03
Author of 14 books on Christian & Canadian themes and US-Canada relations
1977 - 85
Produced Canada’s first weekly worship telecasts
1977 - 85
Led five Middle East expeditions in Biblical archaeology
1977 - 85
1,000 daily national radio editorials on social, moral and political questions
1976 - 78
British Columbia Academic Council (Set University and College Budgets)
1975 - 78
Chair of Joint Boards of Governors - 4 Northern BC Community Colleges
1973 – 75
Chair BC Royal Commission, Northern Post Secondary Education Needs
Dr. Brian Arthur Brown is one of Canada’s more prolific authors. Writing is a hobby that has never overshadowed his professional ministry, but sometimes contributed to it. He has done contract publications for the United Church, the Public School Board and the Canadian Military, as well as successful trade publications, most famously, Separatism, with a 17 page foreword by Rene Levesque, a 1977 Canadian Bestseller. Most recently (1997) Your Neighbor As Yourself, (Race, Religion and Region in North America Into the Twenty First Century) was published by CrossRoads Books at Notre Dame University, with an impressive foreword by the late John Kenneth Galbraith. With a book about every five years, April, 2007, saw the worldwide release of his book, Noah’s Other Son: Bridging the Gap Between the Bible and the Qur'an, published by T&T Clark of London and the Continuum Group in New York. His next book, Forensic Scriptures: What the Quran Reveals About the Bible was published by Wipf & Stock in 2009 as a more academic prequel to Three Testaments: Torah, Gospel and Quran, from Rowman & Littlefield.