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King University News :: Western Theological Seminary’s President Timothy L. Brown to Speak at King University October 14

Dr. Timothy L. Brown, president and Henry Bast professor of Preaching at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich., will speak at King University’s Memorial Chapel on October 14 at 9:15 a.m. as part of the Buechner (Beek-ner) Institute’s 2013-14 Lecture Series.  The series is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

“I have been a great fan of Frederick Buechner for many, many years and am delighted to be invited to speak at the Institute named for him,” said Brown.  “I'm especially excited to be able to talk about the vocation of preaching and an approach to preaching through memorization that lets the text work on the preacher in equal measure to how the preacher works on the text.” 

Brown accepted the call to serve as president of Western Theological Seminar in July of 2008.  He first arrived at WTS in 1995, bringing with him twenty years of preaching and pastoral experience to the task of teaching homiletics. 

Prior to his time at WTS, Brown was the senior pastor of Christ Memorial Church in Holland, Mich., 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.  

In recent years, Brown held a joint position with Hope College as the Hinga-Boersma dean of the Chapel.  While at Hope College, Brown participated in a highly charged student spiritual renewal movement that gained national acclaim.

Widely known for his ability to reanimate biblical texts, Brown is an ordained pastor in the Reformed Church of America.  He received his Bachelor of Arts from Hope College and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Western Theological Seminary.  He is a frequent speaker at pastors’ conferences, college campuses, and church renewal events.  Brown 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.

Dr. Timothy L. Brown will present “Preaching Gone Viral (Spirit, Word, Story)” at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel on Monday, Oct. 14.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dale Brown at 423.652.4156 or visit


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