Our church has been very blessed. We appeared to be in a good position financially and had no debt. The Board of Deacons was concerned that we were in a vulnerable position for an unjust claim and was considering ways to minimize our exposure. One of our board members was able to attend a class put on by Gallagher & Kennedy attorneys about a corporate structure that focused on stewardship, while at the same time offering protection of our assets and protection from an unjust claim. As the board continued to learn more about the new corporate structure, we ultimately brought [the structure] to our congregation [which] voted unanimously to move forward. With electronic communication, the distance between Minnesota and Arizona was not a barrier at all. Mr. Brown helped us every step of the way and was always timely in responding to any question we had.


Gary Greer
Board of Deacons
Willmar Assembly of God
Willmar, MN

Phoenix First Assembly of God church (being led by Senior Pastor Tommy Barnett and Lead Pastor Luke Barnett) is the third largest A.G. Church in the nation with 300 ministries, thousands of volunteers, a hundred employees and a world famous annual Pastor School.
We are very pleased to be able to announce that Bob and his staff at Gallagher & Kennedy are our “go to” law firm in every situation. Under their guidance we have developed:

  • A campus preservation plan(c) of multiple corporations
  • Purchased and built buildings
  • Negotiated a favorable long term loan
  • Developed complex lease agreements for our Dream Center and at the main campus
  • Helped develop our HR protocols for employees and volunteers
  • Assisted us in developing press release statements for potential sensitive situations should anything arise unexpectedly.

There are a myriad of other important issues they have handled for us. They are accessible, quick to respond and knowledgeable.

Gary Allison,
Business Manager
Phoenix First Assembly
Phoenix, Arizona

I’m pleased to recommend the legal services of Robert Erven Brown and his team. Bob helped me set up my nonprofit, Nothing But Grace, a single member LLC, LifePoint Church in San Tan being the single member. For me, this was a simple and creative solution to what are often complex elements of non-profit organizational structure. I couldn’t be more pleased with Bob’s professionalism and his personal passion for helping people in ministry.

Dr. Gary Kinnaman,
Nothing But Grace, LLC
San Tan, Arizona

It is always a pleasure to recommend those who are truly professionals – Bob’s integrity along with his knowledge enabled us to purchase our current property with good CCR’s that are still working for our benefit today. And our relationship continues as we work on the reorganization of our ministry to enable better stewardship. Bob’s help is much appreciated!

Walter L. Baines,
Business Manager
Tri-City Baptist Church
Tempe Arizona

It has been my pleasure to work with Robert Brown over the years of our relationship. The ministry of which I am the leader has been the recipient of Bob’s wisdom in legal matters for our organization and his kindness toward us in his generous help. Bob is a professional at his job as an attorney but has been able to present himself in a manner that we feel he is a backer and friend of our organization. We are glad to have Bob as a partner and friend of our ministry.

Pastor Steve Harris,
Arizona District Council of the Assemblies of God

We had to satisfy some legal requirement, but we also wanted to honor God and be biblical. So, it was very important to us to find legal counsel that would help us do both. We found that with Bob Brown, the practice group head of Religious Institutions & Nonprofits at Gallagher & Kennedy. We were greatly benefited by his services, and it was comforting to know we had counsel that shared our values.

Christian Sanich,
Stone Creek Church
Phoenix, Arizona

I believe wisdom is found in sound counsel. Our staff and members found such in Bob Brown. He helped us develop an asset preservation plan based on sound stewardship, financial common sense and operational simplicity which has made us a healthier and more efficient church. In a world full of options and experts, Bob’s passion for the church, his ability to listen and to communicate in plain language, combined with the depth of his legal insights make him rise above the crowd and results in a higher standard of excellence for the Kingdom and your church. Bob’s counsel helps the church “keep the wolves away from the front door”.

Ken Jaspersen,
Director of Operational Ministries
King of Kings Lutheran Church
Omaha, Nebraska

I can’t remember when we first used your services. I am thinking it was in 1993 when we changed denominations and had to surrender the little second mortgage we had with the old denomination and rolled both of our mortgages into the OPC Loan Fund. But we have used you for at least one new loan and three renewals of those loans, I think. Oh, one was for buying the modular building, I think.
Anyway, we have been very satisfied with your services. We tell you what is needed and you gather the necessary information, work with the loaning agency, and provide clear mortgage documents for our signature. You also obtained titles from a title company, and where resolutions, bylaws, or congregational votes were needed, you walked us through the process ensuring that the language was correct and legal. Even though our loans have been from the Loan Fund of our church denomination, there would have been no way we could have comprehended the language and compiled the documents needed to secure the loans. Now in 2012 we are beginning a building program, changing our 2.4 acre site by adding more parking and a new worship center building, also being financed by the denomination loan find, but requiring many loan and title documents. Bob Brown’s team is the expert we rely on anytime we need to obtain or renegotiate our mortgages.

Thomas Sharp,
Ruling Elder
Calvin Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Phoenix, Arizona

Over the last six years Bob Brown has assisted Teen Challenge of Arizona with excellent and professional legal counsel. Attorney Brown has always cared about our issues and has been a trusted friend to our faith-based organization.

Rev. Snow Peabody,
Executive State Director
Teen Challenge of Arizona, Inc.
Tucson, Arizona

Bob Brown is one of God’s chosen and gifted “Kingdom Builders”. Bob has helped Community of Joy’s church, school, Land Holdings Company, Foundation and Memorial Gardens and Funeral Center develop a healthy, growing, sustainable 21st century ministry model that has tremendously helped Joy to wisely structure and steward God’s resources for maximum impact. I enthusiastically and wholeheartedly recommend my friend, Bob Brown, to you!

Walt Kallestad,
Senior Pastor
Community Church of Joy
Glendale, Arizona

Having been in ministry over 45 years, I have found myself lost and confused at times when it comes to the complexities of our relationship with the government. The Apostle Paul makes it clear in Romans 13 we are to be in submission to the “governing authorities” over us, but how do we do this when there can be such ambiguities? This is where the work of Bob Brown has brought wisdom to our table and permitted us to do the right thing in honoring our Heavenly Father.

Darryl L. DelHousaye,
D.Min, President
Phoenix Seminary
Phoenix, Arizona

Bob Brown has served as the attorney for Along Side Ministries for at least the last 6 years, if not more. He has been a tremendous asset to our organization, especially in helping us create and maintain the corporate shield we need for our kind of work. We have called upon Bob regularly for advice of many kinds, and he has always been very objective and helpful to assist us and lead us down the right path.

Collis P. Huntington III,
Founder & Executive Director
Along Side Ministries
Phoenix, Arizona

Bob Brown’s legal counsel and expertise have not only provided our organization with quality legal documentation, he has also saved our faith communities from countless heartaches and troubles by reducing legal challenges up front and helping us navigate such challenges when they come. I am so grateful that such a brilliant attorney has invested so much time to understand the non-profit and church world. And I am even more grateful for his passion and personal investment in the success of our mission.

Dr. Paul D. Sorensen
Pastor, Hope Church