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Bishop Soi-Daniel W. Brown, Ph.D, Pastor
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Although born in Richmond Virginia, where he spent his formative years, he was saved in Newport News, VA under the tent ministry of Elder D. Harvey Dunlap (C.O.G.I.C.), while visiting his grandmother.

His parents brought him up in the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Richmond, but his call to the ministry on January 1, 1980 in Norwalk CA was a holiness and pentacostal call.  Before the year was out, God had led him to Holy Temple where he assisted Bishop John P. Graham.  After Bishop Graham's death, Bishop Brown was appointed Pastor by General Board Bishop LeRoy Anderson.  Pastor Brown has served Holy Temple faithfully for twenty years, and also served five years as the RI Jurisdictional Prelate until the appointment of Bishop Harvey Lewis.  Currently, Bishop Brown serves the Jurisdiction as an Auxiliary Bishop and Dean of the C. H. Mason Bible School. Nationally, Bishop Brown has served as chaplain of the Pastors and Elders Council, Coordinator of the Council's Business Men's Association, and member of the General Assembly, he has been blessed with many opportunities to spread the Gospel both nationally and internationally (Germany, Kenya, and Tanzania).

Education and Profession: 

He was graduated from Maggie L. Walker High School in Richmond, and received his B.A. degree (summa cum laude) in German and English Literatures from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University).  He earned his master's and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.  He has also studied at the Harvard University School of Divinity and the Georg August Universität von GöttingenHis research and publication areas include, Analysis and Reception of German Translations of Works by African American Authors, Moravian Church History, Martin Luther, and Medieval and 18th Century German Literature.  In addition to being fluent in German and Swahili, Doctor Brown has also studied Danish, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian, Latin, Swedish, and Russian.

He is currently in his 29th year as a Professor of German and Swahili at Tufts University.  His literature courses include "Berthold Brecht", "German Documentary Drama", "Max Frisch", and "Martin Luther".

Honors and Awards:

He has received many grants and awards during his career, including a Goethe Institute Grant, a Fulbright Grant, the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and several Tufts University grants.  At Tufts, he has also been awarded the Senior Class Citation, the Student Life Award, the Black Alumni Association Award, and the Gerald Gill Award for Outstanding Service.  He has recently been inducted as an honorary member of the Phi Beta Kapa Society.

In Virginia, he is among those who have been selected as an honoree in the Virginia Heroes program founded by Gov. Wilder and Arthur Ashe.

Civic Activities:
As a past President of the Providence Branch of the N.A.A.C.P., he continues to be a civil rights advocate who does not hesitate to assert that affirmative action is still necessary in the U.S.A, because racism and other forms of bigotry are still rampant.

Family and Interests:

He and Joyce, his wife of 39 years, have two sons, Jodana, and Ezra, and a daughter, Joi-Danelle.  He enjoys his profession and his vocation, and thanks God for both opportunities.

His leisure activities include, swimming, in line skating, making stained glass windows, camping with the family, and cruising on his Honda VTX 1300. (He is a colors wearing member of CMA: Christian Motorcyclists of America)

Evang. Joyce B. Brown, First Lady


Bishop Brown at Tufts Commencement