Dr. René F. Brown, is a native of Newellton, Louisiana. He was licensed to preach on April 9, 1990 by the Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church of Newellton, Louisiana under the leadership of the late Dr. C. R. Redden. He was ordained by the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas on August 18, 1995, under the leadership of Dr. W. L. Templeton. Pastor Brown was 30 years old when he became the thirty-
Pastor Brown received his Bachelor of Science degree in Plant and Soil Science in 1987 from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and completed his graduate work in Crop Physiology in 1989 at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He accepted a position with the E.I. DuPont Company in 1989 as a marketing representative, until he resigned in 2001 to be full time pastor at Ninth Street. While working for DuPont, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology on May 20, 1991, from Western Baptist Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri. He also completed his Master’s of Divinity degree in Biblical Interpretation from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, May 18, 1996. Pastor Brown also received his Doctor of Ministry degree in Church Administration May 11, 2002 from Virginia Union University, in Richmond, Virginia.
While in Kansas, Pastor Brown was very active in the Lawrence community. He was a member of the Lawrence NAACP, Chaplain for the Douglas County Jail Juvenile Detention Center, and the Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He has served with the Citizen’s Review Board and the Judicial Review Board. He has served as instructor, board member, and officer of the Kaw Valley District Association, and Missionary Baptist State Convention of Kansas. Pastor Brown has also served as the treasurer for the Missionary Baptist State Congress of Christian Education. He served as Dean of the Western Baptist Bible College in Topeka, Kansas and chaplain of the Ecumenical Fellowship. Pastor Brown served as first Vice President of the Missionary Baptist State Convention of Kansas. He was also an adjunct professor of Religious Studies for the African and African-
In April of 2007, Pastor Brown became the eighth pastor of the then 149 year old Mount Zion First Baptist Church. Lead by the Holy Spirit, Pastor Brown began to redirect the church’s focus towards family, introducing Men’s, Women’s, Senior’s, Single’s, Couple’s, and College Ministries. He also brought with him the Church’s current theme, “Opening their Understanding, Boasting in the Cross”.
Pastor Brown currently serves as the President and Moderator of the Fourth District Missionary Baptist Association of Louisiana, Inc. Prior to being elected president of the Fourth District, Pastor Brown served as director of the Pastors’ Division for five years, he serves as secretary of the T.J. Jemison Baptist Student Union Board, a member of the Board of Leland College, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, and the Workforce Investment Act Youth Services.
Pastor Brown is married to the former Diana Lyn Nelson. They have two sons, Antonio Terrell and Torrey René. His favorite past-