Robert L. Browning

Bob Browning attended Missouri Valley College in the Navy V12 program from 1943-1945, received a Bachelor of Arts degree.† He received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.† He has done additional graduate study at Columbia University and Oxford University.

Bob served three years in the Navy.† He was studying to be a Navy chaplain when World War II ended and he was discharged.

Bob served as a pastor and Minister of Education for churches in Mt. Vernon, NY, Meadville, PA, and Columbus, OH.† He was a member of the first faculty of the new Methodist Theological School in Ohio where he served as Professor of Christian Education for 30 years.† He taught as Emeritus Professor for another 10 years.† During those years he was asked to lead a new venture as Executive Director of The Interprofessional Commission of Ohio- on loan in 1974-76, The Commission brings together faculty and students from theology, medicine, law, social work, psychology, education, nursing, etc. to prepare future leaders to work collaboratively on ethical, values and clinical issues.† He continues to serve on the Board.

During his retirement he has been a Senior Counselor at The Council for Ethics in Economics in Columbus, Ohio.† The Council seeks to bring ethics alive in the business world.† A major interest for him has been the Councilís work in Character Education in Ohio schools and communities.† Also, since 1999 he has been a commissioner on the Ohio Ethics Commission.† The Commission supervises the implementation of the Ohio Ethics Law for all elected and appointed officials in the state of Ohio.

Over the years he has been an author or co-author of several books and curriculum resources.† His most recent book, with Roy A. Reed is Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Moral Courage:† Motives and Designs for Ministry in a Troubled World. (Eerdmans, 2004)

The greatest blessing in his life has been his wonderful family.† He and his first wife, Jean, had four children together.† Jean died from cancer in 1977.† He and his second wife, Jackie, have seven children, fourteen grandchildren, and five great grandchildren in their merged family.