The Rev. Kristen L. Brown is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as education and advocacy coordinator at Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theological Center in Jerusalem.
A long-time mission partner of Global Ministries, Sabeel Center works with international delegations to understand the context and plight of Palestinian Christians, whose communities continue to decline, and also works locally with the Christian communities in Palestine and Israel. Part of this work is the preparation of theological resources. The name "Sabeel" in Arabic means "the way" and "spring of life-giving water," and the center aims at developing a spiritually based sense of justice, peace, liberation, and reconciliation among persons of different national and faith groups.
Born in New York City, Kristen grew up in many places, including Zambia and Libya, and graduated from high school in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School. Kristen was ordained as a United Methodist deacon in 1997 and as an elder in 2000.
Her first pastorate was at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her second appointment was to Mounds United Methodist Church in Mounds, Oklahoma. She then spent eight years as campus minister through the Wesley Foundation at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Oklahoma. From June 2009 to January 2011, she was senior pastor at the First United Methodist Church of Blackwell, Oklahoma.
"From a young age, I have known that I have been called to mission," Kristen says. "My first recollections of church are of a home-church we had in Benghazi, Libya. Later, I would learn about Methodism. Our home was one where there was always room for one more and the door was never shut on anyone in need." She felt a specific call to ministry and mission as an undergraduate student spending two months in Burkina Faso.
Kristen went as a missionary in Palestine with considerable experience in that area. She took part in six short-time mission teams to Israel/Palestine in recent years.
"God's call upon my life has taken me many places," says Kristen. "God's faithfulness in my life has enabled me to go where God leads."
Kristen has an internet blog at http://www.womanatthewell2008.blogspot.com/.
Kristen Brown is available for Covenant Relationship support in Oklahoma Annual Conference .
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