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Pastor Brown in Palestine/Israel

Heber M. Brown, III was introduced to God at a young age.  Growing up in a family full of preachers, church musicians, and vocalists; Heber learned very early on in whom to place his trust.  As a “PK” (preacher’s kid), he was afforded a variety of opportunities in church while growing up which helped him to locate and hone his passion to serve God and community.  Though a consistently high achiever in the classroom and an eager competitor in athletic venues; Heber felt God’s urging to devote his life to the sharing of God’s love through Jesus Christ.

On Thanksgiving Day 2000, while a student at Morgan State University, Heber preached his initial sermon at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Edgemere, MD – the church of his upbringing.  Five years later he earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and shortly thereafter he was ordained in the Baptist Church.

Today, Rev. Heber M. Brown, III is blessed to serve as pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore City, MD.  Pleasant Hope is a distinct Faith Community in North Baltimore that is dedicated to being a good neighbor to those around us, to building up Believers as they journey with God, and to being an intentional community within a traditional church context.  God is yet unfolding the vision of what we are becoming, but exciting markers along The Way are inviting us to even deeper reflection, connection, and action.

Pastor Brown is serious about experiencing the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.  Therefore he works alongside a variety of community organizations that address issues such as homelessness, poverty, racism, worker’s rights, environmental justice, peace-making, and national/international social justice concerns.

He is a regular voice in local media outlets and his dedication to service has been publicly recognized as well.  He is the recipient of the Ella Baker Freedom Fighter Award, the Kingdom Ambassador Award, and in 2007, The Baltimore Afro American Newspaper identified Pastor Brown as one of the “25 Under 40 Emerging Black History Leaders.”