Who is this Mark Brown anyway?
Even though I do share a huge amount about myself as part of my Bible reflections it is probably about time I gave a general introduction about myself. Well the first place to start is my wonderful family, I have lots of kids, no seriously I do! Four beautiful kids: a girl who is 8, and three boys aged 6, nearly 3 and the baby boy turns 1 in a few weeks (see photo below). This guarantees a loud house, lots of ball games and years of nappies/diapers (the end is in sight!). And I have been married to my beautiful wife, Louise for 16 years (see photo below). She is one amazing women, not just because she puts up with me (give the women a medal), but she home schools our two oldest kids while caring for the other two and keeping the house. Round of applause please.
When I am not changing nappies/diapers or dancing and singing to Hannah Montana, I am working as Chief Executive of Bible Society New Zealand. Bible Society’s mission is to get the Bible into people’s hands and hearts around the world – nice. And on the 5th of March I finish as Chief Executive after three years. Been an amazing time and I will massively miss the wonderful staff and volunteers of Bible Society.
And not only will I leave Bible Society New Zealand, but we will be returning home to Western Australia. We have been in New Zealand for 6 years and we feel it is time to head back and reconnect with family and friends for a bit. But Australia hasn’t always been my home – oh no! I have two passports…
I was actually born on an English airforce base in Germany, then as a baby returned to England where I spent the next 8 years discovering a love of soccer, rugby and Blue Peter. Then seeking a better life and not because I stole a loaf of bread, my family moved to Australia. Immediately I was struck by the heat and the Kangaroos that bounced joyfully around the bush.
And I set about abandoning my English accent in favour of the amazing aussie accent. The key with an aussie accent is that your shorten most words which is a necessity when its so hot; no one wants to stand around in the blazing sun engaging in long winded conversations, so chats are short and words even shorter. Plus if you stand still too long flies go up your nose.
Eg in aussie one would say:
‘How is it hangin, fancy a dip?’
Which in English translates to:
‘Hello! How wonderful to see you, how are you, are things going ok for you and your family? Work ok? Say, once we have finished chatting, would you like to come swimming with me? It will be fun!!’
We don’t waste time – not a bad thing. Aussie dialogue is kind of like spoken Twitter.
So come March we all head back to Australia, the sunburnt country a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges, of droughts and flooding rains. And for most of next year I plan to spend a couple of days a week doing some consulting with some Christian organisations, give more time to my facebook ministry, do some writing, work on my tan, change more nappies/diapers, try and stop flies going up my nose and most importantly – work out what God wants me to do next.
In terms of church stuff I mostly work across churches, but I am happily an Anglican Priest. Which is just another way of saying I am a Pastor, which is another way of saying that the church recognises me as a leader.
And finally I love to work out – weights and cardio, I am easily impressed by God’s creation and I do this blog and the facebook stuff as I am passionate about you and I taking our faith walk seriously and really growing in our relationship with God. I want lots and lots of people to have a God perspective, on the world, themselves and those closest to them.
Its all about getting that God perspective.
So thats a bit about me. Check out a couple of photos below, on the right is my wife Louise and the kids and me at the rugby on the left.
So what about you? Tell me a bit about yourself in the comments.
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