Reverend Brown was born on August 14, 1948 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late Thomas and Clara Brown. He is the youngest of three children.
Rev. Brown attended the Nashville Metropolitan Public Schools and graduated from Pearl High School in 1966. In July of 1967, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp., and while serving he had a tour of duty in Vietnam. He received an honorable discharge in July 1973.
Rev. Brown accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of twelve. On January 17, 1971, at the age of 21, in his home Church, he received his license to preach the gospel. He was ordained on December 16, 1974. He attended the American Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as an Associate Minister under the late Rev. Frank M. Spence for 17 years.
On the fourth Sunday in January, 1988, Greater St. John called Rev. Brown (one of their own) to become pastor. Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Brown envisioned a new worship facility for the congregation. Land was purchased on Clarksville Highway between 25th and 26th Avenue North. The land was dedicated on September 16, 1995. On Sunday, June 4, 2000, Rev. Brown led the congregation into a new three million dollar edifice. The Church membership has grown from 400 to more than 1200 members.
The new worship building includes a bookstore, library, nursery, fellowship hall, chapel, classrooms for all ages, and meeting rooms to accommodate the different ministries of the Church.
Rev. Brown gives all the glory and honor to God for his many blessings. He is a member of the Stones River Association where he served as treasurer for six years. He is also a member of the Baptist Ministers Conference serving as a Sunday School Teacher and Lecturer.
Rev. Brown has received many awards from throughout Nashville. Some are the J. A. Consistory #48 Community Service Award (2001), WQQK’s Minister of the Year Award (2003), and the Greater Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Leader (2002-2003).
Rev. Brown is married to Dr. Shirley Brown and together they have five (5) children: Reginald, Karen, Earnest Jr. (deceased), DeAndrew, and Shir-Earn; three grandchildren: Re'gan, Little Reggie and Asiris.
Under Pastor Brown’s leadership, for more than two decades, Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church continues to grow fulfilling its mission… “Commitment to God, Commitment to Church, Commitment to Ministry.