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The Rev. Randy Brown will be the featured speaker during the Men’s Day Celebration at St. Paul AME Church on Sunday, June 9, at the 11 a.m. worship service.
The church, pastored by the Rev. Chris Grizzard, is located at 521 College Street West, Fayetteville.
The Rev. Brown is a fifth generation African Methodist, whose family ties are rooted in Kelso, Lincoln County and Lucy Memorial A.M.E. Church. Randy was baptized by the Rev. Jenkins during his tenure. Other St. Paul ministers who made an impact on his spiritual life were Isaiah Ewing, who also took him to Huntsville Municipal Golf Course for a first time experience on a golf course – a cow pasture was the only available option in Fayetteville at that time.
Wesley I. Reid had an impact on him during his teenage and young adult life. In the spring of 1975, the Rev. Reid was the pastor of Asbury Chapel A.M.E. Church in Louisville, Ky., and extended an invitation to witness the second official sermon preached by then Bro. Randy, after acknowledging his call.
Market Street Elementary and West End High Schools provided the educational structures.
He transferred to Central High after integration and graduated in the class of 1970. Upon graduating from high school, employment was secured at Twintech, an electronics parts supplier for NASA and the Redstone Arsenal. Employment at Twintech led to a meeting with Wernher Von Braun, the German scientist responsible for spearheading our country’s space program. Inspired by the workings of electronics led to a move to Schively, Ky., a suburb of Louisville, where an Electronic Technology Degree was conferred by United Electronics Institute. The call to preach was felt as a teenager, but was not acknowledged until moving to Kentucky.
The path to ministry started in 1973 when he joined Hughlett Temple A.M.E. Zion Church under the Rev. Harvest T. Wilkins. On April 15, 1975, the Rev. Brown was licensed to preach at Brown Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in the District Conference at the hand of the Rev. Edgar Mayheim, the Presiding Elder of the Louisville District. He became an ordained deacon in 1978 at the hands of Bishop James Clinton Hoggard in Louisville, Ky. In 1980, he became an ordained elder at the hands of Bishop James Clinton Hoggard in Louisville.
The pastoral ministry has afforded the Rev. Brown opportunities to pastor 14 churches in the states of Kentucky, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Colgate Rochester Divinity School and Sandhills Community College have assisted in various ways to further the Rev. Brown’s search for knowledge in the liberal arts and enhance his call to deeper study and understanding God’s call on his life.
“My wife, Virgenia, of 33 years, and daughter, Ashlee, of 27 years, have been my major supporters during the many travels throughout the 38 years of formal ministry in African Methodistism,” the Rev. Brown said. “We have witnessed souls being saved, lives changed and improvements to the physical structures where we have been privileged to serve. Land acquisitions and administrative enhancements have all been guided by the Spirit.”
The Brown family united with St. John A.M.E. Church in 1987 and made Nashville their home.
“The St. John Church family and the 13th Episcopal District have embraced and nurtured our efforts in being a part of this great work.,” he said.
The Rev. Brown has served the General Conferences of 1996 Louisville, Ky., 2000 Cincinnati, Ohio, 2004 Indianapolis, Ind., 2008 St. Louis, Mo., and 2012 Nashville.
“I count it all joy to be in the struggle. I take serious the mandate to, ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’, Matthew 28:19-20.”