Articles about Louisiana History by Kevin Brown
A native New Orleanian, Kevin Brown left New Orleans in 1979 to attend Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, graduating in 1982 with a degree in psychology. He also has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Upon graduation he worked for 2 years with abusive families under contract to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He worked closely with sexual predators and was part of the State Attorney’s Task Force on Mass Molestation.
Subsequently he worked for the Minirth Meier New Life Clinics specializing in counseling youth and families including professional athletes. He authored several books including:
The Quest: A Self-Discovery Workbook for Teens
Setting New Boundaries: Devotions for those in Recovery
You Take over God, I Can’t Handle It: Devotions for Teens in Recovery
For many years he hosted the show Talk It Out heard on WYLL in Chicago and was a weekly host for the nationally syndicated “The Minirth Meier Clinic.” He has frequently appeared as a guest on radio and television nationally and internationally speaking about the issues families face. He has also led seminars internationally on marriage and family topics.
Currently he is The Executive Director of Trinity Christian Community, a Christian community agency that serves New Orleans in numerous capacities. Some of his ventures have included teaching entrepreneurship to at-risk youth, running after-school activities, and organizing community-wide programs to target needy families and disadvantaged youth in New Orleans’ inner city. He is also Chaplain to the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets.
Along with most New Orleanians, Kevin and his family were victims of the flood. Their home had to be gutted and rebuilt due to the water from below, their roof had to be replaced and their ceilings redone due to the water from above. All of their ministry buildings and staff homes were lost. Despite this fact they are very active in the rebuilding efforts, housing staff in trailers, using a circus tent as a community center and hosting thousands of volunteers.
Since Katrina, Kevin helped secure millions of federal dollars to place AmeriCorps members strategically throughout the city to provided relief, aid in recovery work and rebuilding assistance to those most in need. Currently TCC is exceeding goals and has returned over $96 million to the economy. Kevin is also spearheading home building efforts in Hollygrove, helping to establish an urban farm and market, and is helping to establish the Carrollton Hollygrove Community Development Corporation to develop new homes for first-time homebuyers and improve the Hollygrove Neighborhood. He has been awarded the Presidential Lifetime Service Award, named United States Citizen of the Year by the US Marshals Service and the Meritorious Service Award by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
The son of a Presbyterian minister, his life has come full-circle, from the inner city, to a successful suburban professional and back again.