Dr. David Brown has become the new senior pastor at Huntersville Presbyterian Church. He preached his first sermon there Dec. 1. Brown comes to Huntersville Presbyterian from Kirkmont Presbyterian Church in Beavercreek, Ohio, by way of Scotland.

Brown grew up in Scotland and earned his Bachelor of Divinity from the University of Edinburgh. He also earned his Master of Theology at Princeton and his Doctor of Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

When he preaches, you will hear a slight Scottish brogue, and when he wears a stole, it is a plaid one.

Brown’s wife, Loginie, grew up in South Africa and is Indian by heritage. The two have a son who is 9 years old and a daughter who is 7. They still have close family in Britain and South Africa.

In fact, the Browns were in South Africa visiting family this summer, when they heard God’s call to come to Huntersville. They were speaking on the phone with the Huntersville Presbyterian search committee.

“I identified early on with Huntersville (Presbyterian’s) devotion to disciple-making, worship and mission,” Brown said.

HPC began the search process in April 2013. The church’s former senior pastor of nine years, the Rev. Vern Dodd, retired in April 2012. The Rev. Bill Katibah had been serving as interim pastor for more than a year.

Of his call to Huntersville Presbyterian, Brown said, “We sense that God has opened this door for us to come and preach the Gospel.”