Robin and Dennis met at Dekalb Community College in 1975. They both were in the 2-year Chemical Technology Program. They married in September 1977 after graduation. They lived in Decatur for the majority of the early years of marriage. Dennis graduated from Gwinnett-Hall Bible College in 1982 with a degree in Bible and served as a part-time youth director at our church in Decatur for approximately three years. In the 1990’s he began working on a Christian Counselor’s degree from Trinity Christian College but decided about two-thirds of the way through that was not a direction he wanted to continue.
Robin retired in 2013. Most of her career was in physical quality control. She worked for Ciba-Geigy and finished her career with C. R. Bard’s Urological Division. Dennis retired in 2023 from a 46 year career in the environment field (water & wastewater management and consulting). His last role was as a wastewater specialist with the Georgia Rural Water Association.
The Browns have always dreamed of moving to the mountains. Dennis’ grandparents lived in Gainesville and spent many weekends at Unicoi and the Dahlonega area. When Robin and Dennis married, Unicoi State Park was one of their favorite places to bring their family. When Robin retired the Browns were able to find a place in Helen in 2015, right around the corner from Unicoi State Park.
The Browns have three children: Dennis, Jr, his wife Ginny and their daughter Madeleine; David, his wife Janis and their two children Atlas and Essa; and the youngest, Nathan, and his wife Lauren and two children, Holden and Cormac.
Dennis likes to golf, hike, read anthropology, history, theology, play golf and pickleball and watch movies. Since retirement he is getting more active in civic duties in Helen. Robin likes to read fiction (she belongs to two book clubs), hike, watch movies and hang out with friends and family.
Dennis and Robin had always been active in the churches where they lived. The majority of their pilgrimage had been with the Southern Baptist denomination. They briefly experimented with the United Methodist Church for a few years in the mid 2000’s before becoming disenchanted with the direction the evangelical movement was heading. They left the legacy church life in 2013 for a period of experimentation with home churches. The Browns were involved with a wonderful ministry called Luke 10 (LK10) which emphasized a “Church of Two” model (CO2) Jesus pioneered in Luke 10, until they moved to Helen in 2015. Instead of getting into either a legacy or home church they decided to focus our attention on the people in the community.
Robin and Dennis have always wanted to find a worship community that mirrored their values but did not think they would find it here in North Georgia. The Browns have LGBTQ family members and friends, believe that women should be allowed full participation in church ministry, have a desire to orient their lives on nonviolent principles consistent with the Gospel of our Lord, and believe every person should be able to vote their conscience. After over eight years without a community of practice Dennis began looking online for a church that had similar values. He finally came across the NPC website and was impressed by what he read on the website. So Dennis and Robin decided to visit and here they are.