Charles Reynolds Brown (1862–1950) was an American Congregational clergyman and educator. He wrote a column for the Congregationalist Church’s bulletin for seven years and published thirty-nine books. His most famous works include Two Parables (1898,) The Main Points (1899,) The Modern Man’s Religion (1911,) and The Quest of Life and Other Addresses (1913.)
Born in Bethany, West Virginia, Brown graduated at the University of Iowa in 1883 and studied theology in Boston University. After working as a lecturer at Stanford, Yale, Cornell, and Columbia universities, he served as the pastor of the First Congregational Church at Oakland, California, from 1896 to 1911. He then served as the Dean of the Yale Divinity School for seventeen years.
We have too many people who live without working, and we have altogether too many who work without living.
—Charles Reynolds Brown