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Richard Paul Brown was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, in an area that was historically called Centreville. He was baptized at the Church of the Holy Savior Anglican Church in Waterloo, and joined the Lutheran Church as a member of St. John’s Waterloo in 1984. His formal education included: Conestoga College (Diploma, Recreation Leadership, 1985); University of Waterloo (Bachelor of Arts, Honours Recreation and Leisure Studies, 1992); Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Master of Divinity, 2002); Martin Lutheran University College (Master of Arts, Theology, 2019).
He had served as Pastor to the congregation of Zion Philipsburg (2002-2007), and currently serves Trinity Tavistock (2007-present).
He has served the Eastern Synod in a variety of capacities including Dean of London Conference, Dean of Nith Valley Ministry Area, Candidacy Committee, and Eastern Synod Council. He also served as an Intern Student Supervisor and Contextual Student Supervisor (WLS). He has served the wider community of Tavistock as a member of the Tavistock Assistance Program Board, Chair of the Tavistock and Area Ministerial, and Chaplain of Tavistock Legion Branch 518.
He believes that congregations are called to be caring communities living active faith in active partnerships in the church, and in local, national, and global contexts.
The words “With God all things are possible” which are based on Mark 10:27, have been foundational over his faith journey reminding him of the ongoing presence of God in all that we do and God’s presence makes all things possible.
Pastor Rick is married to Pastor Bonnie Schelter-Brown.