Reverend David Brown, Jr.
I first learned of this living saint on a Sunday
morning show, titled "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly", on PBS. I love the fact
that this 1/2 hour show covers all religions and have some wonderful stories to
tell. This is from one of those stories by contributing correspondent Lucky
The Reverend David Brown, Jr. is pastor of seven
churches in Louisiana and Mississippi. Most ministers have a problem pastoring
one church, let alone seven in two different states! Brown literally gives a
marathon for Jesus every Sunday, preaching at least one or two Sundays every
month at each church, traveling at least 200 miles or more each Sunday. Brown is
a dying breed in this country a traveling preacher.
Each Sunday is a full workday, usually ending at
8 pm or so, for Brown, who is 61, weighs 320 pounds, and has high blood pressure
and diabetes. During the week, he shuttles between the seven churches, leading
Bible studies, visiting the sick, and performing funerals. With no salary and no
healthcare or benefits package, he and his wife, Gwendolyn, live on what he
receives from the collection plates each Sunday. With each church ranging from
250 to just 30 members, that isn't always enough to pay their light bill. Yet,
he delivers a fiery sermon to each and every church, regardless of how many
members are there. Like our Lord before him, Brown brings the Gospel to these
people, making the Bible come alive for them. He counts on his faith in Jesus
for he and his wife to survive, saying, "It's a faith walk...I was chosen by the
Lord to do this."
Reverend Brown is truly a man called by God!
To see the two video segments PBS did on Brown,
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