“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry…” I Timothy 1:12 (NKJV)
An ordained elder, experienced trainer, and innovative leader, Rev. Kathryn Gertrude Brown serves as the General Secretary of the Christian Education Department of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Succeeding a line of dynamic leaders, Rev. Brown was elected in July, 2012 at the 48th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church. She is honored to be the first female to hold this position.
Born and raised in Harlem, NY, Rev. Brown was educated in the New York City Public School System. She rejoices in every opportunity to dispel negative myths about life in Harlem. Rev. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Relations from Salem College in Salem, West, Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and Community Planning in Baltimore, MD. She is currently a Satterwhite Scholar at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
God has been equipping Rev. Brown for a higher level of service in Christian Education for many, many years. While growing up in Mother A.M.E. Zion Church in New York, Rev. Brown began developing a zeal for Christian Education. Her local Youth Director and Conference Director of Christian Education exposed her to Christian Education at many levels in the church.
As a young adult, Rev. Brown was appointed Youth Director at Contee A.M.E. Zion Church in Washington, DC. Her experiences in ministry to youth led her to fully commit her life to Christ and increased her passion for Christian Education. Following several productive years in youth work, Rev. Brown began serving in various capacities in Christian Education, including local Director of Christian Education, District Director of Young Adults, Conference Director of Christian Education for the Philadelphia-Baltimore Conference, and Episcopal Director of Christian Education for the Mid-Atlantic II Episcopal District. Through these experiences, her God-given gift for organizing innovative, transformational ministries was recognized.
Rev. Brown’s work at the Connectional level began when she was asked to serve as the Program Coordinator for the newly formed ministry for young adults (Young Adults in Christian Ministries). After serving in this capacity for several years, Rev. Dr. Raymon Hunt, (Rev. Brown’s predecessor) invited her to join the staff of the Christian Education Department as the Program Coordinator. Serving under Rev. Dr. Hunt for over 16 years uniquely positions Rev. Brown to lead the Department during this season. Rev. Brown also served as assistant advisor to the Young Adults In Christian Ministries.
In addition to her work in Christian Education, from 1994-2003, Rev. Brown served as pastor of Stephen Gill Spottswood A.M.E. Zion Church (Landover, MD).
Her professional career outside of the church includes pioneering initiatives for the Prince George’s County (Maryland) Department of Social Services and for Howard University. The first Program Assistant for the Annenberg Honors Program at Howard, Rev. Brown established the Program’s infrastructure for student recruitment and leadership development. Having spent 18 years in learning and development for the Professional Development and Leadership Academy at Howard, Rev. Brown has extensive experience in curriculum design, performance improvement, training development and implementation.
Additional experiences in higher education include serving as an instructor at Bowie State University, in Bowie, MD, and membership on the Council on Social Work Education. In 1997, Rev. Brown established Let There Be Light (LTBL) Enterprises through which she develops and conducts a variety of personal, spiritual and professional growth opportunities for secular and religious institutions.
A woman who considers herself richly blessed by God, Rev. Brown is especially grateful for the love of her parents, and the mentoring of exceptionally gifted men and women of God. Blessed with the gift of singleness, she is privileged to be an aunt, godmother and nurturer of numerous gifted and delightful young people.