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Edward Brown

1930 - 2014

Edward Brown

Author of theological publications
Professor of Ecclesiology at Stellenbosch University, 1975 - 1995

Edward Brown was born in Kroonstad (OFS) on 6 August 1930 and grew up in the Free State and Transvaal. He studied Theology at Pretoria University (BA Hons Philosophy, BD in 1954). At Union Theological Seminary, New York, USA, he obtained STM (1955) and DTh at Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ (1959).
During his stay in the USA he served as Assistant Minister in Classon Avenue Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, NY and as Co-Pastor in the Hungarian Reformed Church of America in Trenton, NJ. During 1960-1964 he was minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, Sea View, Durban, Natal. As professor in Church History he taught at The University of Zululand (1964-1974) and at Stellenbosch University (1975-1995). He was guest lecturer at the University of Tübingen and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
He was a member of the Institut für Missionswissenschaft und Ökumenische Theologie, Tübingen, Co-worker in the Institute for non-western Christianity, Edinburgh, founding member of theKerkhistoriese Werkgemeenskap van SA.
Eddie Brown was married to Magdalena (Botha). They had four children, Willie, Frans, Betsie and Eddie.
His interest lay in church history as science, general church history, South African church history and contemporary church history.
He has published numerous research works in journals, dictionaries and encyclopaedias, as well as a ground breaking research volume on the scientific research and outcome of the history of congregations.


Gemeentegeskiedskrywing, 1973
History of the Early Church, Nineteenth Century and Twentieth Century, South African and General (on CD Rom)
The Reformed Spirituality of the Korean Christians, Stellenbosch University, 1997

Text by Magdalena Brown, October 2004

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