Art Brown was the second born to William and Louise Brown. He grew up in Ontario, Oregon where he farmed until his marriage to Miriam Knowles on September 8, 1946. They became partners proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ after Art’s ordination to the Pastorate in March of 1957.
He served as Senior Pastor in the following Oregon churches: Scappoose Baptist Church, First Baptist Church in Hermiston and Grass Valley Baptist Church. He never retired from the ministry, but went on to pastor senior citizens at Oak Grove Baptist Church, then became a chaplain for Nursing Home Ministries to Health Center residents at Rose Villa. His last visit to the Health Center was Valentine’s Day, just short of one week prior to his death.
The life message that he lived every day was, “I’d rather have Jesus than anything.” He was predeceased by his eldest sister, Wilma Brown, and his daughter, Ruth Ann Whitaker. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Miriam; son, Bill Brown (Krystal); daughter, Patti Phillips (David); daughter, Wendy Bruno (Ray); sisters, Bethel Asmussen and Elna Peach; 8 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Sellwood Baptist Church, 1104 SE Spokane Street, Portland, OR 97202. Remembrances may be sent to Nursing Home Ministries, P.O. Box 22246, Portland, OR 97269-2246 or World Venture, 1501 W. Mineral Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120-5612.
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