Ministry Facilitator Reverend Chris Browne
Voice of Care Ministry Facilitator, Rev. Chris Browne is the pastor at a small northwest Chicago parish, Our Saviour Lutheran Church. Pastor Chris understands both the unique aspects of ministering to people with special needs and the challenges that congregations can face in connecting with the community. Pastor Chris notes that his Voice of Care role includes that of tender shepherd. “I am able come alongside those who live with limited eyesight and mobility, as well as tend to those who suffer chronic pain and its effects on
human spirits, as a fellow caregiver and empathetic observer.” He also serves as an encourager, praying for his fellow pastors who must fill many roles. “I can reassure them that Voice of Care exists not only to equip their members for enhance their ministry, but also provides ongoing support and networking.” Pastor Chris is a bit of a Renaissance man. In addition to being a “man of the cloth,” he has served as a university and high school math instructor, elementary teacher, and Minister of Music. He met his wife, Belle, during his first call - to St. Mark Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, New York. Belle’s low vision and
limited mobility have granted Pastor Chris first hand experience as a caregiver. The couple are true partners in ministry. “As her health and strength allow,” shares Pastor Chris, “Belle will be with me to console the hurting, encourage the caregivers, and share her artistic gifts with everyone.” The couple, married for over 30 years, are parents to two adult
children, Joshua and Rebecca. Pastor Chris has also been a Pastor of the Week at Walcamp
Outdoor Ministries, and the pastoral advisor to both the Northern Illinois District LWML (Lutheran Women in Mission) and Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ. His synodical education includes an MDiv from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Music Education from Concordia College, Bronxville, New York. Pastor Browne also earned his Masters of Science in Mathematics from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Pastor Chris continues to serve as the sole pastor at Our Saviour.