Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries
Dr. Derek Brown: Derek grew up down a sandy dirt road in Lowcountry South Carolina, around the corner from an area his family had called home for nine generations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and youth ministry from Charleston Southern University, where he met his bride. He then earned Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy degree, all with a specialization in psychology and counseling. Derek joined the team at Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries in 2012 as Little Rock Area Director and later became Clinical Director. In December 2018, Derek became the Executive Director of the ministry. He works with staff members, churches, donors and community partners to impact the children and families of Arkansas. He is directly responsible to the Board of Trustees for agency operations. Derek is married to Ariel Brown, LPC, who is also on staff as a clinical counselor in the Little Rock Family Ministry Office. They are blessed with three children: Leila, Gavin and Jonas. Though Jonas is technically the only native Arkansan in the family, they all make the most of the Natural State, spending free time outdoors camping, swimming, fishing and playing sports.