LWI (Geneva): Effective mid-April, Rev. Mark B. Brown is the new regional representative of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Department for World Service (DWS) program in Jerusalem, on the West Bank and surrounding region. Brown, 49, an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America(ELCA) succeeds Mr Craig Kippels, who moved to the LWF/DWS Uganda program in February this year.
Prior to joining the LWF, Brown worked since 1991 with the ELCA Division for Church in Society as Assistant Director for International Affairs and Human Rights of the Washington DC-based Lutheran Office for Governmental Affairs (LOGA). His tasks included among others, analyzing issues related to the Middle East, Africa and arms control, and providing leadership for Lutheran and ecumenical delegations to the Middle East. He served as president and chairperson of a variety of advocacy organizations including the US Campaign to Ban Landmines, Churches for Middle East Peace and the Washington Office on Africa.
Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts from St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, USA (1974-1978), and a Master of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary, St Paul, Minnesota (1978-1982). He studied Islam, Eastern Christianity, and modern Middle Eastern history in the United Kingdom and USA.
Ordained in 1982, Brown worked in the Middle East as a pastor, teacher, communicator and human rights advocate from 1984 to 1990. Brown and his wife Susanne have three children. (234 words)