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Ronald P. Brown was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1933. He attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and majored in science. He graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. and majors in chemistry, mathematics and physics in 1955 and was offered teaching assistantships at twelve universities. At the University of Wisconsin, he worked toward a doctorate and taught in the science department on a teaching fellowship. At the end of his first year of graduate school, Brown felt called to enter the ministry and moved to Holland, Michigan, where he attended Western Theological Seminary. He was ordained by the Reformed Church in America in 1959 and accepted a call to the Trinity Reformed Church in Grand Haven, Michigan. From 1962-1966, he was the pastor of the Beverly Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During the years 1966-1971, Brown served as pastor for Calvary Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois. In 1971, he was the founder and governor of the Calvary Free Academy, a K-12 Christian school of 200 students and was the pastor/founder of the King’s Community of Chicagoland, a 300-member, multi-racial independent congregation. Emphasis was on training lay leadership for home meetings and on corporate worship. He also founded a drug abuse ministry for girls in 1972. From 1967 until his death in 1981, Brown conducted a daily, listener-supported, hour-long question and answer call-in radio broadcast called Question Line, which was named the most influential Christian radio broadcast in Chicagoland. The collection is made up of Question Line digest booklets, 1969-1973, and audiotape cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes of Brown’s sermons, 1968-1982. These sermons are also stored as digital files on a computer hard drive.


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