Arthur Brown is Assistant Director of the Institute of Middle East Studies and a member of faculty on IMES’ MRel in Middle East and North African Studies. He also teaches in the areas of Youth Ministry, Community Development and Practical Theology on the BTh and MDiv. programs at ABTS.
Arthur’s primary responsibility with IMES is providing leadership for the annual Middle East Conference, held in June each year in Lebanon. The MEC attracts world reputed evangelical specialist speakers as well as delegates from around the world. Whilst the general focus of the MEC each year is dialogical within Christian Muslim and East West relations, specific conferences focus on particular themes. For example, the conference in 2013 will explore International Human Rights Conventions, within the contexts of both Islam and Christianity. In 2012 we explored the call to love our neighbour, in line with God’s command for justice and compassion, whilst focusing specifically on the Palestinian crisis within Lebanon and beyond.
Prior to moving to Lebanon in 2005 Arthur was Course Leader and Senior Tutor on the Oasis/Spurgeon’s College BA(Hons) degree in Youth Work and Ministry. He taught in the areas of informal education; principles and practices of youth & community ministry; mentoring; Adolescent risk-taking behaviour; community action and development and non-managerial supervision. He has also worked as Project Manager for a UK central government funded program supporting young people ‘at risk’ of educational and social exclusion due to behavioural challenges. He has been involved in a number of community development projects in East London, where he lived before moving to Lebanon. Arthur has a passion to see communities of faith engage positively with their local community in ways that bring about practical positive change and the development of peaceable relationships.
Arthur holds a BA (Hons) in Youth & Community Studies from DeMontford University, Leicester (1995) and a MA in Youth Ministry and Theological Education from Kings College London (University of London, 2004). His MA thesis was titled ‘Building Community Through Dialogue’. He also obtained a Certificate of Higher Education in Christian Life and Ministry from the London School of Theology (formerly London Bible College – 1996). He is currently pursuing doctoral studies with the University of Chester and Spurgeon’s College in the area of ethical and contextual approaches youth ministry within multi-faith contexts.
Arthur’s publications include Developing Ministry Among Young People: A Guide for Youth Leaders in the Middle East (ABTS/World Vision, 2010 – available in Arabic & English); Taking Risks: Young People and Risk Taking Behaviour (Grove, 2009) and numerous articles in Youthwork Magazine in the UK.
Arthur first visited Lebanon in 1991/92, soon after the end of Lebanon’s protracted civil war, spending a year involved in voluntary work. After numerous visits he moved back to Lebanon, this time with his family, in 2005, seconded by BMS World Mission to serve at ABTS. He is married to Louise and they have three children, Jessica, Naomi and Jack.