Memorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Volume: JETS 51:1 (Mar 2008)
Article: Memorials
Author: Anonymous


Harold Ogden Joseph Brown

Harold Ogden Joseph Brown was born on July 6, 1933 in Tampa, FL, and passed into the presence of Christ at his home in Charlotte, NC on July 8, 2007, at the age of 74 years and two days. His father Harold O. Brown was a medical doctor. His mother was Mary Bakas. As a child Harold attended Catholic school and Jesuit High School in Tampa before going on to Harvard College. While in Germany as a Fulbright Scholar exchange student he met a Lutheran woman on the train, who witnessed to him about Christ which led to his salvation. Harold received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1953; an S.T.B. and an S.T.M. from Harvard Divinity School in 1957 and 1959 respectively; and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1967.

Harold met Grace Hancox at an InterVarsity camp at Cedar Campus in Michigan in 1961, and they were married on June 16, 1962 in Charlotte, NC. Harold pastored churches in Centerville, Barstable, and Beverly, MA, and also at Park Street Church in Boston, MA from 1961–65. Harold administered the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Falls Church, VA from 1966–71 and was associate editor of Christianity Today in Washington, DC from 1971–74. He edited Human Life Review for two years (1974–76). He edited The Religion and Society Report and was a contributing editor for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. Harold served as professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL from 1976–98, taking out four years to pastor the Swiss Reformed Church in Klosters, Switzerland (1983–87). In 1975, Harold and Dr. C. Everett Koop founded the Christian Action Council, an evangelical pro-life action group, which became Care Net, a network of nearly 1100 pregnancy centers. Harold was a member of numerous other organizations and lectured in German and French as well as English. Hundreds of his articles have appeared in National Review, Eternity, Themelios, Human Life Review, Christianity Today, and JETS. Harold was an outstanding athlete and enjoyed crew, skiing, and mountain climbing.

Moving to Charlotte, NC, Harold was John R. Richardson Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary from 1998–2006 and was semi-retired. Dr. Brown’s books include The Protest of a Troubled Protestant (Zondervan, 1969), Christianity and the Class Struggle (Arlington House, 1970), Before the Crash: A Biblical Basis for Economics (1978), War: Four Christian Views (BMH, 1981), Death before Birth (Thomas Nelson, 1977), The Reconstruction of the Republic (Arlington House, 1977), Heresies: The Image of Christ in the Mirror of Heresy and Orthodoxy from the Apostles to the Present,...

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