Dr. Browning became the pastor of First Baptist on October 2, 2011. Previously, he had been the pastor at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1998-2011. Before that, he was the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky from 1982-1998. While he was the pastor at Somerset, he served as President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention in 1994-95.
Dr. Browning lived in Frankfort from 1974-77, when he was the pastor at North Fork in the Switzer community during his days as a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.
Dr. Browning is a Kentucky native, having grown up in Greenville, Muhlenberg County. He was licensed and ordained to the Gospel Ministry by the First Baptist Church of Greenville.
He and Jackie have three children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Browning is proud of his Baptist heritage and works with other Baptists through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to spread the Gospel, build bridges of goodwill and understanding among all people, promote the cause of justice and meet the needs of those who are struggling.