May 31, 2019
Asbury University’s newest first family, the Browns, are no strangers to campus. In fact, the family of five has been investing in the mission of the institution since 2013, when Dr. Kevin Brown was first hired as a business professor. Prior to his presidential appointment, Kevin also served as an associate dean in the Dayton School of Business. His wife Maria currently works as Asbury’s Intercultural Affairs coordinator. The couple has three children and lives in Wilmore, Ky.
Maria, being from Northern Indiana, and Kevin, being from Louisville, “met halfway” during their undergraduate years at the University of Indianapolis, Kevin often likes to say.
Maria holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and spent 12 years as a stay at home mom. In addition to her work at Asbury, she is on the board of Giving Back to Africa, a nonprofit serving children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country in which the family adopted son Oliver in 2012. Maria also volunteers regularly with Friendship International and Kentucky Refugee Ministries.
For Maria, this new season represents an opportunity to develop an even deeper trust in the Lord.
“Of course, I have confidence in Kevin,” Maria said. “But if this is not of the Lord then what is there to be confident in? I will be looking forward to seeing what God does as he follows His direction.”
Their three children Cambel (14), Ada (11) and Oliver (7) are especially excited to celebrate and support their dad in his new position as Asbury’s president. Ada is also eager to see what the Lord does with her dad’s new position.
“I feel like the Lord will continue it and I really hope that He will,” Ada said. “I feel like He’ll do what He wants with it.”
Prior to moving to Wilmore, the Browns lived in central Indiana where Kevin taught business at Anderson University.
As a family, the Browns enjoy camping, frequenting Asbury events and hanging out with their adorable Cockapoo Mickey. Kevin is especially thankful to his family for all the support they’ve lent him during this transition.
“We’re a tight-knit, close family,” Kevin said. “We deliberately make time with each other. We frequent all types of Asbury events together and campus feels like a second home to our children. It’s a familiar place that they love, and they usually end up leaving with Ale-8 somehow.”
Please join us in praying for the Browns during this joyful, new season for both the family and the University.