Memorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 31:1 (Mar 1988)
Article: Memorials
Author: Anonymous


Gordon Wilfred Brown

Major Gordon Wilfred Brown was born on July 22, 1930, in Toronto, Ontario. He was a member of a large and well-respected Salvation Army family. He died on Thursday, August 29, 1985, in Grace Hospital, Ottawa.

Major Brown was a dedicated Salvation Army officer. As a young man he surrendered his life to the Lord at the Earlscourt Corps, Toronto. One of his great loves was Bible study, and in 1959 he pursued theological studies at the Ontario Bible College, receiving scholarships for work in Hebrew and all-around academic achievement, graduating in 1962 with a bachelor of theology degree. Brown was committed to Biblical preaching. This was a consistent principle in his pastoral ministry throughout a distinguished career in Canada and the United States.

Brown attended Earlscourt Public School and graduated in 1949 from Western Technical School. He entered The Salvation Army College for Officer Training in Toronto as a member of the Ambassadors Session and was commissioned as an officer on June 25, 1951. His first appointment was Bracebridge, Ontario. During his tenure at Haliburton, Lieutenant Brown married Lieutenant Joyce MacDonald.

Major Brown and his wife served Salvation Army congregations with much success in, among other centers, Sydney, Nova Scotia; Kitchener Citadel, Ontario; Winnipeg Citadel, Manitoba; and Hamilton Temple, Ontario. Members of congregations remember their spiritual ministry with deep appreciation.

In 1971 Brown was appointed to the College for Officer Training as secretary for education, being responsible for the overall curriculum as well as teaching NT and systematic theology. As secretary for candidates from 1972 to 1976 he traveled extensively in Canada, conducting vocational seminars with young people and serving as a Bible teacher at retreats and conferences.

From 1978 to 1983 Brown accepted responsibility as secretary for evangelism and then as general secretary in the United States Eastern Territory. In both capacities he traveled widely, giving lectures, conducting Bible studies, preaching sermons, and conducting church growth seminars. In June 1983 he returned to Canada where, as territorial youth secretary, he had jurisdiction over all youth programs. To this large task he brought a love for young people and excellent organizational skills until his “promotion to glory.”

Brown’s wife and his daughters Carole (Mrs. David Stevens), Catherine, Heather (Mrs. Timothy Beadle) and Sharon recall a devoted husband and father. Catherine and Heather, with her husband Tim, are following in their father’s footsteps: preparing to become Salvation Army officers and preachers of the Bible he loved so much.

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