Alum joins staff as Baptist Student Ministries director

Wayland Baptist University alumnus Donnie Brown has joined the staff as the new director of Baptist Student Ministries.

Brown, a 1993 graduate of Wayland, comes to the university from a career in church ministry, most recently as pastor of the First Baptist Church in China Spring near Waco.

Previously, Brown had served as youth minister at the First Baptist Church in Briar, outside Azle, while attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received a Master of Religious Education degree there in 1996. He also served as youth minister at FBC Olton while a student at Wayland and the year after he graduated.

Brown said the decision to return to his alma mater was an easy one, especially when it meant working with students through BSM.

"BSM has really been influential in my life and my ministry," he said. "I was BSM president in college and through that experience, I came to surrender to the ministry."

Thinking he'd forever be a youth minister, Brown said he'd given thought to serving as a BSM director before, but at the time he didn't meet all the criteria, which included a Master of Divinity degree.

According to the new director, students are a natural fit for he and his wife, who started a college ministry in the China Spring church while serving the pastorate. He's also worked for a number of years with students through the Super Summer program.

"I have a heart for college students. My spiritual gifts are pastor/teacher and my heart is discipleship," he said. "We have to prepare these students to be leaders and servants in their churches after they graduate."

Brown said his main two focuses in this new role are for discipleship and prayer.

"Ephesians 4 says, 'Equip the saints to do the work of ministry' and in Zachariah 4:6, it says, 'Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit says the Lord,'" he said. "As I look at the ministry task set before us - to disciple students, to see students come to know Christ and minister to the community - I know it's only going to be done through the Lord's spirit, not by an organization or by me."

Brown and his wife Lori, a speech/language pathologist, have two children, Joshua, 3 and Hannah, 1.