Born in Newark, New Jersey and educated in the Essex County public School system, Dr. Brown graduated Orange High School in 1978. He then went on to college at Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., and completed his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University of New Jersey. Dr. Brown received his Masters of Divinity degree from Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Ga., in May of 1991. In the spring of 1998, Rev. Brown completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton Ohio.
Under the leadership of the late Bishop Oree Broomfield, Dr. Brown was ordained Deacon in 1984 and Elder in 1986. He has since pastored churches in; Springfield, MA., Chesnee, SC., Anderson, SC., and Washington, DC. From 1988 to 1991 Rev. Brown served as teaching assistant for Dr. L. H. Whelchel, then chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Clark, Atlanta, University. He has also served as a continuing Education instructor for Howard School of Divinity from 2000 to 2006. In July 1998, Dr. Brown was appointed pastor of Miles Memorial CME Church in Washington, DC and served as the Dean of Leadership Training School on the district and regional level of the New York-Washington Annual Conference for more than 14 years. While serving as Pastor of Miles Memorial, Dr. Brown was also the Administrative Assistant to the Late, Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr., then Bishop Marshall Gilmore, Retired, and then Bishop James B. Walker.
On July 4, 2014 Dr. Brown was named interim Dean of Phillips School of Theology at The Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and on January 12, 2015 by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees for Phillips, Dr. Brown was officially named President/Dean.
Dr. Brown is has also written articles for various Lenten publications; Vacation Bible School literature and most recently, he is the author of his self published, “Stress and the Pulpit.”
Since May of 2012 Dean Brown has served as a consultant for the African American Affairs Program for People for the American Way based in Washington, DC.
Dr. Brown is also an accomplished meeting planner with several classes towards his CMP designation, (Certified Meeting Planner) having planned meetings in excess of 1,000 persons for the past 20 years throughout the east coast.
Rev. Brown is married to the former Delores Y. Newton formerly of Jersey City, NJ, and they have two adult children; Paul Lawrence, Jr., a program trainer for the University of the District of Columbia; and Jessica Lynn Lewis, (Kevin) a professional Pastry Chef.