Hi! I would like to introduce myself, I am Harold Brown and I am the Assistant Pastor and also in charge of Congregational Care for the church.
I was born in Georgia, raised in Chattanooga where I attended and graduated Baylor School and the U. of Chattanooga (now OT at UC) in Chemistry and Biology. I graduated Duke Divinity School with a Masterâ€™s in Theology and Ethics.Â I served at First Church (UMC) as youth director and then as associate pastor. I then went to Scotland to study at Edinburgh and returned to take five churches on my first rural circuit for the UMC in SW VA. I also served the State St. UMC in Bristol VA for three years and then moved to Trinity Church (UMC), Tallahassee as associate by the Florida capital for three more years and then received E. Naples UMC for nine years. I changed to be a Presbyterian and served Lely Presbyterian Church for eighteen years because I was led by the Lord to stay in Naples and felt called to the Presbyterian faith. I retired and worked for Fuller Funeral Home for a couple of very interesting years doing services there and selling pre-need. I have served at NNUMC for almost ten years since then.
My task is coordinating others within the congregational care ministry which involves visits at homes, in hospitals, and Stephen Ministry assistance to Lois Tropf. I teach on Sunday mornings, offer prayers in the services, and teach Bible 101 in the Library each Wednesday evening 6:30 â€“ 7:30 PM during seasonal dinners on Wednesday nights. I assist our men to have a Bible Study-Prayer time with breakfast each Thursday morning at 7 and in the late afternoon with â€œNo Wallsâ€ Study with Chris Bent in Room 436. I reach out to help folks who are not members from time to time with the Helps Outreach ministry for food, clothing, furniture and counsel.
In addition to the 2,300 members and over 1,000 winter folks that join us October to May, Congregational Care at the church involves 500 families in the Village School and 237 families in the Pre-School. Â Seven area hospitals are visitedÂ by a Pastor and/or a Stephen Minister every day when needed. Training for the Stephen Ministry represents 50 hours of excellent orientation to the care receiver-care giver dynamics. Orientation at the hospital involves two hours and then a badge is issued to those who apply to be a visitor for the church.
I am always available at (239) 961-4219 or email me at email@example.com and letâ€™s share!