Senior Consultant, Emergency Management Solutions (Texas Division)
A native of Houston Texas, Reverend Brown was educated first in the Houston Public School system and later at Houston Baptist University where he earned a B.A. degree (History & Political Science, “pre-law”) in 1983. While at HBU, he attended night school and completed the requirements for certification as an Emergency Care Attendant (ECA) and later as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In 1983, he would qualify as a Paramedic, and much later he would be one of the first Licensed Paramedics in Texas. Brown volunteered as a medic with the Harris County Emergency Corps, West Harris County EMS, and later the Community VFD.
He went to work for Hermann Hospital (later: Memorial Hermann Hospital) in the fall of 1980 as an EMT Dispatcher for their Life Flight helicopter service. Later he would become a Flight Paramedic and Communications Manager. He also worked concurrently as a Paramedic for Ft. Bend County EMS for several years. Additionally, he instructed EMT students at the North Campus of San Jacinto College.
In August of 1998, he entered Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and the following July left Life Flight to begin a yearlong concurrent pastoral internship (a degree requirement at SMU) as Associate Pastor at St. Mark’s UMC in Houston. He would remain at St. Mark’s until June of 2002. While at SMU, Pastor Brown also studied at Dr. Gonzalo Báez Camargo Seminary in Mexico City and the Houston Graduate School of Theology. He graduated from SMU with a Master of Divinity degree (magna cum laude) in May 2002, he was ordained an “Elder in Full Connection” in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in June of 2005.
While pastoring Zion UMC in rural Iola, Texas (2002-2006), Brown also served as a volunteer Licensed Paramedic with the Grimes County EMS First Responders. He was often the only qualified medic for the entire north end of Grimes County. To help remedy the shortage of medics, in 2006, he successfully obtained a State grant for a no-cost First Responder Course that trained 25 volunteer medics for the County. Concurrently, he served as Chaplain and Safety Officer for the Iola VFD.
In addition to his church responsibilities and other community service activities, Pastor Brown spent 23 years as a volunteer officer with the Civil Air Patrol (the USAF Auxiliary). His final duty assignment was as the National Deputy Director of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. In that volunteer position, he was responsible for crisis interventional support for CAP personnel throughout the US. He was actively involved with CAP CISM efforts following hurricanes Charlie, Katrina, and Rita. Pastor Brown retired from the CAP in January of 2008 at the grade of Lieutenant Colonel.
He is currently active with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. Rev. Brown became one of the first Auxiliary Clergy Support (ACS) Chaplains in 2017. Endorsed by the UMC, he is the ACS Chaplain for Sector Houston-Galveston, serves as ACS Advisor to the Commodore and Staff of the Auxiliary’s District 8 Coastal Region, and on the National Staff of the USCG Auxiliary as a Branch Assistant for Auxiliary Clergy Support for the Atlantic-West area. He received the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Achievement Medal for his Chaplain service.