|If it is your
first visit to Chris Brown’s office, it is guaranteed the conversation
will end with him handing you a Sharpie and saying, “Sign my
wall before you leave.”
of students have signed his office walls. The signatures, doodles,
Bible verses, and greetings are reminders of the reason Brown is at Azusa
Pacific University: to be a resource to students on their spiritual
journey toward Christ.
Brown's first year as
campus pastor to undergraduate students was a tough one. In addition to the
pitfalls of beginning a new job, Brown led memorial services for two female
students killed in a car accident, and comforted the student body after the
terrorist attacks on the East Coast. Through these tragedies and his diligence
in connecting with students, however, Brown solidified his role as shepherd
to the students.
"APU takes seriously
its responsibility to challenge students to push their academic
and spiritual lives to a new level," said Brown, who believes his
new role will allow the Student
Life division to better reach undergraduates. "This position
is one that exists solely for the students, and it is meant to meet
their specific needs. Whether it be spiritual, emotional, psychological,
or financial, I am a doorkeeper to resources for them."
A year into his tenure,
the original paint on Brown's office walls is barely visible, which is a good
thing in his book.