Pastor Ralph Brown
Ralph W. Brown Jr. was born into a Christian home in Tampa FL. He was reared in the loving family of a faithful Baptist Minister, and was brought up primarily in Florida, & Tennessee, being saved at the age of eight years old. After graduating high school, he served four years in the United States Marine Corps. It was during his military service in Jacksonville NC that he met Stacy Lea Thomas, as they both served the Lord at Grace Baptist Church. At the time of his honorable discharge, the Lord lead him to Bible college, and on into the ministry. Ralph began serving as a youth pastor and music director during his college years. He and Stacy were married in 1991.
Three weeks after their marriage, Ralph and Stacy took in two teen boys (Doyle & Daniel) that become a devoted part of their family. The couple went on to have seven more children (Christyne, Josh, Tim, Levi, Daniel, David, and Jonathan). They now have three grandchildren through their son ‘Big Daniel’ and his wife Christeen (Katie, Abby, and Ryan). Ralph and Stacy’s family (pictured to the right) serves here at East Side Baptist Church.
After 11 years as an Associate Pastor, Pastor Brown was used of God to found a church in Michigan, and pastored there as Senior Pastor for 5 years. in 2004 he and his family were called here to Milwaukee to serve as East Side Baptist Church’s fourth Senior Pastor. The church was founded in 1964.
Since coming to East Side, the church has caught a deeper vision for Who Christ is, and how each Child of God can intimately walk with Him each day! Not only winning souls, but effectively discipling and equipping them to follow Christ is the church’s burden. The Glory of God and Evangelism are her priorities! Under Pastor Brown’s leadership, the church has begun and headed up Preaching in the Park, a combined outreach effort to the downtown city area, involving 10 strong local Baptist churches. The church also now provides Christ-centered, expository college and Seminary level Bible classes.