Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Wayne moved to Blacksburg with his parents, the late J.M. and Minnie Williams Brown, when he was three-months-old. He “grew up” in Blacksburg, which he still proudly calls his “hometown,” where he attended public schools from Kindergarten through graduation from Blacksburg High School in 1963. He has great love and appreciation for his “home church,” First Baptist Church of Blacksburg, where he made his profession of faith, was baptized, was married, and in 1970, was ordained into the ministry.
While a student at Limestone College in Gaffney, Wayne served as Minister of Music at Providence Baptist Church in Gaffney (1965-1967). He was licensed into the ministry by Providence in 1965, after he returned home that summer from serving in Shiprock and Santa Fe, New Mexico and Cove, Arizona as a Student Missionary sponsored by the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board) of the Southern Baptist Convention. Brown says that summer experience with the Navajo Indians and the Spanish confirmed God’s call to him into the ministry. He graduated from Limestone with a BA in Sociology/Psychology in 1967, and later graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina with the Master of Divinity, 1970, and the Doctor of Ministry, 1973. His project in ministry was the writing and production of an original musical-drama for youth, “OTHERS!” He studied at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital’s School of Pastoral Care, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (summer, 1969).
While a student at Southeastern, Dr. Brown served as Student Chaplain and Minister of Music, Murdoch School, Butner, NC (1967-1968); Minister of Youth, Rock Creek Baptist Church, Bunn, NC (spring, 1969); Minister of Youth, Converse Baptist Church, Converse, SC (summer, 1969); Minister of Music, Education, Youth and Associate Pastor, Millbrook Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC, (1969-1975); Minister of Youth and College Students and Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (1975-1977).
His first pastorate was at the West End Baptist Church in Gaffney (1977-1984). From Gaffney, the Browns moved to pastor West Monmouth Baptist Church, Freehold, New Jersey (1984-1988); First Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach, SC (1988-2003); and First Baptist Church, Boone, NC (2003-2008). The Browns have served in interim pastorates at Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church, Loris, SC (2013-2014), and Olyphic Baptist Church, Tabor City, NC, (2014-2015). They will begin as Interim Pastor at the First Baptist Church of North Myrtle Beach, SC, in February, 2015.
Wayne is married to the former Joy Clary of Gaffney, and they are the thankful parents of Meri Beth, married to Thomas Howard, and Molly, married to Christman Howard. The Browns also are very grateful for their grandchildren Ty (6), Mazi Grace (6), and Bronson (5).
Presently the Browns serve full-time (since 2008) with DIVERSIFIED MINISTRIES, a missions organization they founded for local, national, and global outreach in sharing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ—through diverse methods to reach diverse people who have diverse needs—anywhere, anyway and at anytime! The primary emphases of DIVERSIFIED MINISTRIES include: Missions Awareness; General Evangelism; Encouragement for Ministers, Missionaries, and their spouses; and Production of Christian literature and music. The Browns are based in Myrtle Beach, but their ministries are open “to the ends of the earth.” If they can ever be of help to you, it would be their honor and blessing to do so. Dr. Brown enthusiastically agrees with John Wesley who expressed his views profoundly when he said, “The world is my parish!”