Chris Brown came in town.
and I don’t mean this Chris Brown…
(although he was in town but I’m still not talking about that guy.)
This Chris Brown-True Stewardship-Chris Brown….
So I like to podcast. And I’ve been listening to Chris Brown’s show, True Stewardship for awhile. Turns out, we had a volunteer appreciation event at the end of January at church and I decided since I just had a baby a few minutes ago, I’d forgo the event and catch the details later… Only to get a text from my husband who was at the event that the Chris Brown had made an appearance to the volunteers and would be hosting a Leadership training for some staff later that week.
My husband says to me: Out of the thousand volunteers that attended, you were probably the only one that would know who that guy is and you’re not here!
Major bummer, but I was almost 4 weeks into my “Phase 1” plan which I may explain in another post. Back to Chris Breezy…
Jonathan just so happened to run into him later that week and quickly texted me: Shoot me your questions!
I just so happened to not receive his text for 45 minutes. The window of opportunity has closed.
When I grabbed my phone, this is what I saw:
HAhhahahaha, my husband is the best. He knows me well and he went out of his way to snag that for me. What a guy!
I was able to catch up with Brown-town’s team later via email to get a few questions out of him. His team got back to me and within 2 weeks, we have ourself a fresh pressed post for your reading pleasure. Win!
About Chris Brown
Chris Brown is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, pastor and dynamic speaker carrying the message of stewardship and intentional living nationwide as a Ramsey Personality. Available on radio stations nationwide, Chris Brown’s True Stewardship provides biblical solutions and sound advice for questions on life and money. Chris and his wife, Holly, live in Franklin, Tennessee, with their three children. You can follow Chris online at Stewardship.com, on Twitter and Instagram at @ChrisBrownOnAir, or at facebook.com/ChrisBrownOnAir.
Tell me about your background. I heard briefly on the show of your rough past? Then you became a pastor? I need details.
- I grew up with a single mom who worked several jobs just to make ends meet. Our home was filled with constant violence, poverty and uncertainty. I was left alone a lot as a young kid, often feeling scared and confused. Many times, it was just my Sony Walkman keeping me company (If you can remember those, ha!) I didn’t own any tapes, so I could only use the radio feature. That’s where I discovered Christian radio, and the sermons I heard through the airwaves changed my life. They came at the perfect time in my life, and shaped me into the man I am today. In fact, I’d have to say that the radio raised me! For that, I’m eternally grateful. By God’s grace I made it through middle and high school. I coped by drowning myself in year-round sports and work … anything was better than being home. Through all the hard work in sports, I got a college scholarship to play baseball, and I accepted Jesus as my Savior in my first month in college. I met my wife in college, as well, and soon after we got married. Since accepting Christ, I have only been interested in ministry, and I was ordained as a Pastor in 2007 while serving at Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
What got you connected to Dave Ramsey and his crew?
- I resigned from pastoring in South Florida in May 2013, and began helping churches all over the country. The Ramsey team heard I was not anchored to any one church so they reached out with interest. They were looking for someone who could raise the banner of stewardship all over the country, specifically for the church and faith-based community. And I have always loved people, stewardship and the local church. I believe it is the bride of Christ, the hope of the world, God’s Plan A. So obviously I am very blessed to be at the perfect intersection of my passions!
What is the best thing that comes from your show True Stewardship?
- It’s so awesome that the things we talk about every day on the show are having a real, concrete impact on the lives of people out there! Because listeners have been faithful with money, they’ve been able to share the love of Christ with others. And it’s amazing that people are living their lives as stewards of God’s blessings. It’s been such a blessing hearing from listeners how God has transformed their lives because they’ve put into practice everything our show is about: true biblical stewardship. We realize that we will never be perfect but we strive for progress, which makes our Creator smile. My biggest fulfillment is getting incredibly positive updates from callers after they have applied our advice and now find themselves not only in a better spot relationally or financially but also spiritually – living with more peace and joy.
What do you want to be known for? (From the world at large and from your family?)
- I have always been a guy with three major priorities and they are in this order: God, Family, Ministry. First and foremost, I want to be known as a guy who truly loves God with all my being. I want my words, actions and lifestyle to point towards that #1 priority. It is also very important to me to be a Godly husband and father. I don’t have to be the coolest or the wealthiest, but I do want to be known as a Godly father and husband. And thirdly is a calling to minister. I want my waking hours to be loving God, loving my family and then relentlessly pursuing that love by acting on it through ministering to my family and others. I don’t really care if it is through media, blogs, stages, books, podcasts, radio, or by praying with my neighbor. But God gave me the breath in my lungs for a reason, and I want to steward that breath His way and for His glory.
I enjoy his podcast because he’s a great listener. It’s as if you’re speaking to a good friend or mentor. Nothing preachy, just good encouragement for whatever stage of life you’re in. If you’d like to podcast him or find out what else he’s up to, check out his show Chris Brown’s True Stewardship here or on iTunes.