Brain was educated at North Sydney Technical High School.
Brain studied at Moore Theological College and was formerly rector of the Wanneroo parish in Western Australia. There he gained a reputation for encouraging his fellow clergy. He was also parish priest of St Luke's Maddington in Western Australia for many years.
The Armidale diocese has the reputation of having the highest proportion of Evangelical clergy of any Anglican diocese in the world (even higher, proportionally, than the Sydney diocese, which may be the largest Evangelical diocese in terms of total population).
Brain obtained a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. His doctoral work led him to write Going the Distance: How to Stay Fit for A Lifetime of Ministry, which achieved a "highly commended" in the 2004 Australian Christian Book of the Year awards.
Brain is married to Christine Brain with four children.
- Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
- 2004 Christian Book of the Year
- Anglican Communion Directory, March 2000
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