The church members of The Village Church in Gresham, Ore., gave a surprise birthday party for Bill Brown on April 18, 2018, commemorating his 90th birthday. Although the refreshments were delicious, the best part for Bill was the camaraderie of friends in Christ.
Bill was born on April 18, 1928. His early years were in Pendleton, Ore. During his teen years, he attended Pendleton High School, then Walla Walla College for two years. He built homes in Pendleton for about eight years and then spent two years at Union College in Lincoln, Neb.
He met his lovely wife, Reba, in Pendleton in 1946, and they were married March 20, 1947. They recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. The two of them walk daily, with Bill walking a mile or so while Reba walks 2 miles. Golfing has been one of Bill's hobbies.
Bill is an ordained minister although he never worked as a pastor, working most of his life in administration for various conferences. He retired as the Alaska Conference treasurer. His ministry included that of business manager for four different academies.
They have a son in San Diego and a daughter in Placerville, Calif., with a total of three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.