REV. RICHARD B. (RICK) BROWN RETIRED FROM FULL TIME MINISTRY IN 2010, AFTER SERVING 10-1/2 YEARS AS A LICENSED LOCAL PASTOR WITHIN THE DETROIT ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. IN 2015 RICK ACCEPTED THE ROLE OF PASTOR OF VISITATION FOR LAKE STREET CHURCH.
RICK WAS RAISED IN MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, EARNING HIS DEGREE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. IN THE SPRING OF 1971 HE MARRIED RANDI TOMMERAAS, AND A FEW WEEKS LATER HE WAS COMMISSIONED A SECOND LIEUTENANT IN THE USAF. AT SUMMER’S END HE WAS CALLED TO ACTIVE DUTY, EARNING HIS WINGS AS A USAF PILOT. DURING A 20 YEAR MILITARY CAREER HE SAW DUTY AS A PILOT, ENGINEER, EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AND COMMANDER, QUALIFIED IN SIX DIFFERENT AIRCRAFT TYPES, COMPLETED AN ADVANCED DEGREE IN ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING, BEING STATIONED WITHIN THE US, ASIA, AND EUROPE.
My parents moved to Eau Claire in 1956 and brought my sister and I along. They joined Lake Street, a church I grew up in. As a kid I went to Sunday school, was in the youth choir and active in MYF. I married Marleine in 1971 and we moved to California where we enjoyed a couple of years while I was serving in the Navy. We moved back to Eau Claire in 1973 and started a family (we have 2 children and 2 grand children). I worked at that time at Community State Bank where I stayed 26 years. In 1999, I went back to school and received a master's degree in guidance and counseling. In 2002, I became the school counselor for Plum City School District. I retired in 2010. I enjoy fishing, gardening, our place on the Chippewa Flowage, photography, family and friends.
Aaron joined the Lake Street team in April of 2016 as Communication Facilitator. In this role, he manages and coordinates the ways in which Lake Street communicates with its members and with the outside world. He manages all websites, social media, radio broadcasts, and worship presentations. Outside of Lake Street, he is a Media Specialist for the Eau Claire Area School District. A native of Fort Atkinson, Wi, Aaron Moved to the Chippewa Valley in 2012.