Edward K. Brown, Jr.
Rev. Ed Brown was born June 11, 1949 to Mr. and Mrs. Edward K. Brown, in Madison, Florida, the first of four sons in the family. The family lived in the Auburndale area most of his growing years. At age twelve, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour while visiting grandparents in Lake City, FL at a revival meeting hosted by Calvary Baptist Church.
Brown graduated from Auburndale High School in 1967 and soon entered the US Army serving as an Infantryman in the Republic of Korea for 14 months. He surrendered to the call of the ministry on May 14, 1971 and was licensed to preach the Gospel by the First Missionary Baptist Church of Auburndale. The subject of Brown’s first sermon was “What Will You Do With Jesus Which Is Called Christ?” He was later ordained by that same church, April 20, 1973.
Rev. Brown married the former Miss Patricia Ann Bragg of Auburndale, June 24, 1972, and to their union were born three girls: Amy Renee, Lisa Ann, and Rebecca Lynn. In 1976, he graduated from Florida Baptist College in Lakeland with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Since graduating, he has served as Interim President (1997-1998), Trustee (1984-1987, 1993-1998), and Instructor (1997-2005) at the College. He received a Master of Arts in Theology in 2001, followed by his Doctor of Ministries in Theology, in 20202, both from Landmark Baptist Theological Seminary. He was Vice President of Emmaus Baptist College in Brandon, FL from 2003 to 2009.
Brown served as Assistant Pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church of Auburndale, Ardella Baptist Church of Lakeland, and Lock Haven Baptist Church of Kissimmee. He has also served as Executive Director of Macedonian Missionary Service, then as Director of Printing, Instructor in Field Education and Foreign Projects with Macedonian from 1999 to 2007. Further, he has served as Interim Pastor of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Wauchula (today Riverside Heights Missionary Baptist Church), First Missionary Baptist Church a Bad Vilbel, West Germany, and Sherwood Hills Baptist Church of Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia. He has been pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church of Bell, the Ardella Baptist Church of Lakeland (1984-1987), and Bay Lake Baptist Church in Groveland (1998-1999). He served as Interim Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Lithia, 2003 to 2004, and Pastor of Tuscanooga Baptist Church in Groveland 2008 to 2011.
He was Director of the Lock Haven Scripture Press for the Lock Haven Baptist Church near Kissimmee, where he served in coordinating the production and distribution of Scripture, Scripture portions, tracts, and literature in a variety of languages for use around the world, from 1979 to 1984 and again 1987 to 1998. He oversaw the printing of over one million New Testaments in 12 languages, more than 8.5 million gospel tracts and 50 thousand song books in four languages. Involved in this ministry with a mission emphasis, Brown has visited, preached, and assisted in projects in more than forty countries on six continents.
More recently, from 2014 to 2018, Dr. Brown served as the Itinerate Missionary Education Director for Sherwood Hills Baptist Church I Campbelltown, NSW, Australia. He assisted in establishing and teaching at the Solomon Islands Seminary School in Honiara, Guadalcanal. The seminary is now in its fifth year of operation and is running smoothly. The plan is to turn the seminary leadership over to the Solomon Islands nationals in 2021.
Dr. Brown admits to being a sinner saved by grace. He has done all that he has done solely by the grace of God, the help of his wife Tricia, and his family (the three daughters, three sons-in-law, and 7 grandchildren) and friends, and countless others over nearly 50 years of ministry. His greatest fan, accepting and working through all his faults and failures, is his favorite hero, his wife. She has been with him all the way, and her name belongs on each and every diploma, certificate, or other object of recognition. He prays for your continued friendship, fellowship, and prayers. (II Timothy 1:12)