Meet Our Staff
Aaron Brown - Lead Pastor
Aaron Brown was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Following high school, he attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Performance. He took a position at Hollywood High School as a music teacher. He then went on to further his education at Liberty University studying for his Bachelors in Psychology. He has been faithfully serving in and outside of the church for 10 years in various ministries. In June 2014, Aaron began working as the Worship Director at Portland Open Bible Church. He loves ministering to people of all ages. In May 2022, Aaron was appointed to the role of Lead Pastor at Portland Open Bible Church, as Pastor Jim moved in semi-retirement.
Aaron and his wife Felicia were married in October of 2019. Felicia serves on the Women's Ministry planning team at the church. They welcomed their son Ezra James on July 31, 2021.
Fun Facts: In his free time, Aaron enjoys doing just about anything with his wife, spending quality time with his son, playing music with friends and spending time researching historical and social topics.
Jim Brown - Worship and Children's Pastor
Jim has been in various forms of ministry prior to his return to Portland in November of 2012. He spent his first eighteen years ministering primarily to children and conducting children’s seminars & workshops throughout the United States as well as abroad. He was a lead pastor for sixteen years in California and Ohio. He has a strong calling to lead the church in rescuing young people from the world and creating a church culture where people can use their unique gifting to creatively disciple all ages. Jim received his education from Faith Bible College and Liberty University. In May of 2022, Jim retired from his role as Lead Pastor and took over as the Worship and Children's Pastor as he believes one can never fully retire from the work of the ministry! His son Aaron Brown stepped into the role of Lead Pastor.
Jim met his wife Betty Brown on May 3, 1978, and the the two were married on October 11, 1980. They have three children, Timothy (born 1983), April (born 1985) and Aaron (born 1988). They have 4 grandchildren, Mercy, Grace, Ezra and Honor.
Fun Facts: In his free time, Jim loves to ride motorcycles and play drums. He is a fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Lakers.
Jean Freeman - Administrator
Jean has 30 years of ministry experience, and 15 years in accounting. In the non-profit world, she founded and operated a private school while her children were students. Jean has the heart of a teacher who loves people as much as numbers. She works with the youth at church and teaches math in addition to her bookkeeping. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Warner Pacific University.
Jean and her husband Sean have been part of the Portland Open Bible Church family since January 1994, when they were invited by a friend. Jean and Sean were married on October 15, 1994, and raised three children in the church. Sean serves in the Sound and Lighting Department at POBC.
Fun Facts: In her free time, Jean loves to read and spend time with her family outdoors, and dreams of traveling when she can get away.
Emily Kotwicki - Pantry Manager
Mary Tucker - Bookkeeper