Elijah Brown has been serving as the Baptist World Alliance General Secretary since January 2018. His past service includes roles as BWA Regional Secretary for North America and General Secretary for the North American Baptist Fellowship.
He was previously Executive Vice President of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, a Christian human rights organization based in Virginia, USA, and associate professor of Religion at East Texas Baptist University where he was founding director of the Freedom Center.
The son of a pastor, Brown was ordained to Christian ministry in July 2002 while serving as associate pastor at Taylor’s Valley Baptist Church in Temple, Texas.
Brown earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, USA, with a double major in religion and history, and a Ph.D. in Divinity with a focus on World Christianity from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
He is married to Amy and is father to Hudson, Sahara and Keziah.