Christa Brown

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This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang - In this groundbreaking memoir and exposé, Christa Brown tells the story of clergy sex abuse and cover-ups in the largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention. As she shares her journey from trusting church girl to tenacious advocate for children's safety, Brown shines a light on the patterns of preacher-predators and the collusion of evangelical leaders. This Little Light speaks of the unspeakable, and in doing so, testifies to the transformative power of truth-telling.

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Once upon a time, I was a successful appellate lawyer who worked mostly on underdog sorts of cases. Without hardly realizing it, but without regret, I let that life slip away. Now I spend most of my time on volunteer efforts to try to bring clergy accountability to Baptist-land and to support clergy abuse survivors.

When I see myself described as "the public face" of Baptist sex abuse survivors, I ponder how in the world that happened. I can look back and see the steps: ABC 20/20's "Preacher Predators" program spotlighting me, newspapers across the country quoting me, and radio call-in shows talking with me. But that doesn't really explain the "how" of it, because I'm basically a shy person. Maybe it's because I've always liked "Powdermilk Biscuits." You know the kind I'm talking about—the kind that "give shy people the strength to get up and do what needs to be done." (Hat tip to Garrison Keillor. I'm a Prairie Home Companion fan.)

I'm a runner. Though I'm slow, I've completed five half-marathons. Once, I even managed to place second in my age-category in a 5-K. It was a rainy, cold, miserable day, but I showed up and slogged through it. Now my goal is to win a first-place medal when I'm 85. I figure if I pick an awful enough day, and show up, I might just stand a chance.

Coffee is my biggest vice. Whether it's a cortado, latté, cappuccino, or café crème, I'm always happy with hot coffee in my hand. Grab a cup for yourself and let me know what your thoughts are. You can leave a comment on my StopBaptistPredators blog or my ThisLittleLight blog .

My husband and I are native Texans, and sometimes it shows. Our daughter just graduated from college, and she crossed the stage wearing cowgirl boots with her cap and gown. I guess we raised her right.

June 1, 2009


Photo of Christa after a run

Christa finishes up a good run.


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