Bishop Melvin G. Brown, Ph D. is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. Upon graduating from Booker T. Washington High School. Dr. Brown served four years in the United States Air Force. After being honorably discharged form the U.S.A. F., he studied for a brief period at Northwest Bible College at Minot, North Dakota. Following a couple of years traveling as an evangelist, he enrolled at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where he majored in Philosophy and minored in ComparativeReligion. He served as President of the Student Government Association from 1973-1974 and graduated summa cum laude, first in his class.
Later while studying for his Master of Divinity Degree at Harvard University School of Divinity, having been licensed to preach in Arkansas and ordained in Texas, he was called to pastor the historic Union Baptist Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During his pastorate at Union, the church grew tremendously, and Pastor Brown was eventually elected as the President of the United Baptist Convention of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. He also served as Grand Chaplin of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge. In 1982, at the Annual Session of the United Supreme Council, Northern Jurisdiction, Pastor Brown was elevated to the 33rd and last degree of freemasonry (in Freeport Bahamas). Afterward, he studied toward the Doctor of Ministry Degree at Andover Newton TheologicalSchool and later studied toward the Doctor of Theology at Boston University School of Theology. He also studied at Mansfield College of Oxford University in England, Dimensions in International Ministries. While still in Cambridge, in 1981, he facilitated a nine-week study group, Community Activism: An Alternative of Social Change, Institute of Politics, JFK School of Government, Harvard University.
Dr. Brown has taught at Boston College, Perspectives on Black Women, Emerson College, Black Religion and at Boston University’s School of Theology, Preaching and Worship in the Black Church all in the Boston, Massachusetts Area.
In September of 1985, Pastor Brown was called to pastor the Greater New Hope Baptist Church in the Nation’s Capital of Washington DC where he has been pastoring for 37 years.
In June 2005, Pastor Brown received his Ph. D., summa cum laude, in Theology from Wilshire University, United Kingdom.
Dr. Brown has served as lecture in the Youth Division and also Educational Supervision Division Director General of the Congress of Christian Education of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Inc. He also served as a member of the foregoing organization’s Board of Directors.
On March 30th – April 4th, 2008, Dr. Melvin G. Brown, participated in the 20th Annual Oxford RoundTable, Oxford England, (Religion and Secularism in the Modern World) where he served as one of the Discussion Leaders (“Christianity and the Quicksand of Worldliness”).
On January 7, 2009, he delivered the closing lecture at 2009 Winter Theological Intensive on the Campus of Rutgers’s University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. The theme of the lecture was “The Black Church, the Preacher and Politics: Treading the Tricky Tightrope Between the Biblically Prophetic and the Politically Correct.”
On April 17, 2009, Dr. Brown was officially consecrated as a Bishop of Church Alive Ministries. Bishop Brown was invited to the OXFORD ROUND TABLE’S Annual Spring Session 2011 (Oxford England) where he served both as a Discussion Leader and as a presenter. His contemporary scholarly paper was titled -Religious Freedom and the Escalating Emergence of Radical Religious Extremism. Recently, Bishop Brown was to serve as an instructor in the zoom “Virtual Division of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, NBC, USA Inc., during the NCCCE’s 117th Annual session at Louisville, Kentucky. He will be teaching the course #6021- Spiritual Formation.