Dr. Will Browne
Interim Pastor

Dr. Will Browne, our Interim Pastor, comes from multiple generations of Presbyterian clergy and an extended mission family.  He grew up as a child of PCUSA missionaries in India and received degrees from the College of Wooster (B.A.), Vanderbilt Divinity School (M.Div.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He has served: three pastorates in Pennsylvania; as Associate Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Scioto Valley (Ohio); as Associate Director for Ecumenical Partnership in the Worldwide Ministries Division of the PCUSA; as Executive Director of the Medical Benevolence Foundation based in Houston, TX; and Interim Pastorates in Erie PA, Frankfort KY, Arcadia FL. and Naples FL. His travels for the church have taken him to meet with partners in mission in 51 countries.  Will is married to the Rev. Dr. Lal Hmingliani Browne who serves as Pastor for Congregational Care at the Church of the Palms in Sarasota, FL.  They have a son, Francis, and daughter-in-law, Anne-Catherine, and fantastic granddaughters, Lilly and Emily. 


Will loves the study, teaching and preaching of the Gospel.  As one called to preach, Will has preached in many countries. including once where his words were translated from English to French to Tschiluba to Lingala.  Will has a deep interest in missiology and ecclesiology, loves classical music and Bobbie McFerrin’s jazz, reads fiction and loves movies with happy endings.


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