Joshua "Josh" Brown
1977 - 2019
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Joshua "Josh" Brown

Springdale - Joshua Paul Brown (Josh), age 41, was born in Springfield, Missouri on October 29, 1977, and passed away on September 30, 2019. Josh grew up in Republic, Missouri where he began his work in ministry as the youth pastor at First Baptist Church. From there, he and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Dallas, Texas, where he attended Dallas Theological Seminary earning his Master of Theology in 2010. He served as a pastor in Republic, Missouri; Abingdon, Virginia; Minden, Nevada; and most recently Springdale, Arkansas. His heart has always been dedicated to serving God and others through building meaningful relationships.

Josh loved God, theology, culture, his family and silly adventures with his wife. Josh and Jenn met in high school. They have been together more than 24 years, married 17 of those, and have spent time traveling, doing ministry, sharing their journey with others and spoiling their dogs, Arkie and Aspen. Josh enjoyed telling stories and inspiring others to live life to the fullest.

Josh was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Brown and mother-in-law, Carol Warden and brother-in-law, Chris Warden.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer Brown; mother, Kim and husband Alan Wolken; father-in-law, Tim and wife Morgan Warden; brother, Gabe and wife Julie Brown; sister, Erin and husband Zion Spurgeon; step-brothers, Adam and wife Sarah Wolken, Aaron and wife Nicole Wolken, Alex and wife Kari Wolken, Anthony and wife Laura Wolken; nephews, Chandler and Gavin Brown, niece, Ava Brown, five more nieces and nephews and many treasured friends.

A Celebration of Life and Memorial Service for Josh will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Republic, Missouri at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019. A continued celebration and luminary service will be held at the amphitheater near J.R. Martin Park in Republic at 6 p.m. Please join us in celebrating a man who has inspired us and reminded us that God is faithful.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to an organization that is making a difference around the world called When I Grow Up at

You can also plant a tree in the U.S. National Forest in honor of Josh through The Trees Remember at

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in News-Leader on Oct. 4, 2019.
Memorial service
11:00 AM
Calvary Baptist Church
Celebration of Life
06:00 PM
amphitheater near J.R. Martin Park
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October 7, 2019
Love this man, May his love for the Lord be a lasting legacy. Our story continues at
Jenn Brown
October 4, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. I always remember Josh being happy and always smiling. He will be missed by his family and feiends. Thoughts and prayers are with you!
Calin Jameson
October 4, 2019
I didn,t know Josh,but reading his obit makes me think of the two children of mine and their home going this year how God has comforted us and have given us peace,one day we will all be together again, both were the service of the Lord,, may you left behind look to THE Lord for peace,, you are in my thoughts and prayers,
Helen Wilson
October 4, 2019
I have found memories of Josh. I will always remember his infectious smile, soft demeanor and love for God and family. My thoughts and prayers are with Jen and Josh's family on earth. My joy is for Josh and his family in heaven!
Greg Shoemaker
October 4, 2019
Jack Statzer
October 4, 2019
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Jennifer, Kim, Gabe, and Erin and families for their loss. I remember Josh as a very caring and kind person to everyone. He loved the Lord and dedicated his life to sharing his salvation with others.
Nancy Hutcheson
October 3, 2019
I will miss everything about him. His smile, the times we just sat and talked about everything, his humor and his faithfulness. He was not a crowd follower. If he didn't agree with what was going on he didn't do it. i might be a little prejudice because he's my grandson, but he the most loving and honest person i know. He will always be in my heart. RIP, sweet man and i will see you again.
Donna Hopper
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