Rev. Corey Brown
Rev. Corey Brown’s innate ability to lead is evident in him being able to coordinate the efforts of others across racial, ethnic, generational, and religious lines to create the Beloved Community. Corey is the founder and director of BRIDGE Interfaith Alliance. The goal of the organization is to fill the gap between Christianity and other faiths, teaching Christians how to be comfortable in diverse spiritual and faith environments.
As the pastor of St. Luke Church in Gainesville, GA, he works tirelessly to focus the church’s efforts on building an inclusive and affirming community in a post-Christendom environment.
As a 24-year U.S. Navy submarine veteran and an agent of change, Corey is adept in transformational leadership and leadership development through change. His time in the military not only groomed him for positions of leadership, but has equipped him to understand that one of the most dangerous positions for an organization to be in is one of complacency, resting on its laurels. Corey understands and lives by the philosophy that the only constant in life is change.
As a self-proclaimed “Christian humanist” and as a reflection of his passion for community, the faculty of McAfee School of Theology nominated Corey for the Griffin B. Bell Award for Community Service for Mercer University.
Interfaith Cooperation and Activism -- The divided political environment has led to the rise of Islamophobia, xenophobia, or disdain for anything non-Evangelical. In his interfaith work, Corey has observed that Western Christians tend to be highly suspicious of other faiths. It is his goal to not only allay the reservations and fears of American Christians but to dissuade those who seek to discriminate against or even do harm to those not of the same faith persuasion. This goal involves helping people to understand that the foundations of our faiths are more alike than they are different, creating fertile ground for healthy interfaith cooperation.
The Injustice of Racial Reconciliation Without Redemption -- Many non-profit organizations, churches, and ministries have incorporated racial reconciliation into their curriculum, but not into their practices, as evidence by the homogenous environments. Corey believes that the margins is where true faith exists and is not actually the margins but the place that has learned to fully embrace the essence of the Gospel message. Talking about racial reconciliation without redemption is not just unproductive, it is counterproductive. People of Color do not just want to be invited to “sit at the table,” but to invite others to sit at their table as allies.
Transformational Leadership/Leadership Through Change -- It is important to understand that in this post-Christendom environment, the Western church is going to have to make a decision as to whether or not it is willing to revisit its idea of faith and its practices. Many leaders in churches talk of wanting change, but are paralyzed by the fear of the implementation of that change. In many cases, the “old guard” leadership needs to welcome the new generation of leaders and learn to accept their ideas as distinct possibilities of not only leading the church, but in understanding the faith.
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