Bishop Henry Brown, Sr. is the pastor and visionary of Mt. Calvary Church in Greenville, NC. He is appointed and equipped with a cutting edge, 21st century anointing. Bishop Brown is a sought out evangelist and has traveled extensively across the country singing and preaching the gospel.
CHILDHOOD: Bishop Henry Brown, Sr. was born to the late Deaconess Hallie M. Brown and the late Deacon Ulysses M. Brown. He is the 4th of seven siblings. Bishop Brown was born in the city of Baltimore, Maryland where he lived until June 1977. He was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System and graduated from Forest Park High School in 1977. Bishop Brown grew up in Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. It was there that he was trained and began his spiritual development under the leadership of Reverend W.L. Greene and Reverend B. Jessie. As a part of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church he attended Sunday School and was a member of the following ministries: Jr. Male Chorus, Jr. Ushers, and the O.J.C’s Inspirational Choir where served as assistant director.
FAMILY: Bishop Brown is married to the former Carlethea Walker of Baltimore, Maryland. They were joined in matrimony on November 3, 1977. She is a committed and dedicated partner who faithfully supports his work in the ministry. She stands by his side and serves in the ministry as the help meet that God has ordained her to be. To this union, God blessed them with three children: Henry M. Brown Jr., Antonio L. Brown, and Nacelia R. Brown. They have three adorable grandsons: Khaziah, Kaylon, and Zyon.
MILITARY CAREER: He joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 19 and served his country for 23 1/2 years. He completed his basic training in Paris Island, South Carolina. After basic training he was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. His service to his country consisted of three tours at Camp Lejeune; one tour for training in San Diego, California, one tour with an extension in Cleveland, Ohio (for recruiting duty), one tour in Japan, one tour in Quantico, Virginia and his final tour at New River Air Station where he retired as a Provost Sergeant of the Military Police Department at the rank of Master Sergeant. During his Marine Corps career he received numerous awards for doing exemplary work.
EDUCATION: Bishop Brown graduated from Forest Park High School in Baltimore, Maryland and completed numerous counseling courses at North Carolina Coastal Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina. While enrolled in San Diego Community College, he took classes dealing with public speaking and sales. He also attended Community College in Texas where he was trained in crisis management. Additionally, he took some general studies courses at Pitt Community College and some satellite courses offered by Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans. Bishop Brown attained his Doctorate in Leadership and Counseling from Mt. Calvary Bible College in June 2012.
MINISTRY FELLOWSHIPS: His military travels afforded him the opportunity to fellowship with several ministries where he gleamed much knowledge and served in various ministerial capacities. The ministries include Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, Starlight Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, Gospel Hour in Japan, Gospel Outreach in Korea, First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, North Carolina, St. Paul Free Will Baptist Church in Richlands, North Carolina, Freewill Chapel Church in Pollocksville, North Carolina, and Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church in Greenville, North Carolina.
MINISTRY ASSIGNMENTS: Bishop Brown received his first Christian elevation and consecration when he was appointed a Junior Deacon in the early 1980’s at Starlight Baptist Church. He was ordained a Deacon at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1987. After receiving the call to the gospel ministry in 1983, he accepted his call to preach God’s word in 1988 and he was licensed by First Baptist Church. Free Will Chapel called him to the Pastorate in 1990. In addition to pastoring, Bishop Brown was appointed and served three years as District Elder of District Union #5 where the motto was “#5 is Alive”. His subsequent pastoral assignments were at Blooming Hill Free Will Baptist Church and now at Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church where he serves as Senior Pastor.
BISHOPRIC: On November 2, 2003, Bishop Brown was consecrated as Bishop and Chief overseer of Mt. Calvary Church. A new ministry was birthed out his loins entitled Mt. Sinai Christian Center. It is located in Richlands, NC, and its theme is “Serving God by Serving God’s People”. His bishopric also consisted of being one of the founding fathers of K.E.F. (Kingdom Empowerment Fellowship), where he served as its Vice Bishop. Also, he served as the Presiding Bishop of the Old Original Free Will Baptist Denomination, Inc. for a short period of time. Additionally, Bishop Brown served as the Southern Regional Bishop of the Believers in Christ Fellowship Inc. Bishop Henry Brown, Sr., is a member of the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors (KACP) where Bishop Walter Scott Thomas, Sr. is the Presiding Bishop and he is a member of the College of Bishops in Cleveland, Ohio.
COMMUNITY AWARD: On February 24, 2004, the Human Relations Council of the City of Greenville honored Bishop Brown as the recipient of the Best-Irons Humanitarian Award. This prestigious award, named after Dr. Andrew Best and Dr. Irons, is given annually to an organization or individual who is very active in the community in recognition of their “Untiring Commitment and Exemplary Dedication to the Advancement of Human Rights, Human Dignity and Equality for all Citizens.”
Bishop Brown’s desire is to “wear out, instead of rust out doing the will of God.” With all his accolades, he is most proud to say that he is a “Child of God” and admonishes others to follow him as he follows Christ!