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Bishop E. Lynn Brown was born in Madison County, Tennessee, the third son of the late Willie T. and Ocie Bell Brown.  He received his elementary and secondary education in the public schools of Madison County, Tennessee; the Bachelor of Arts degree from Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee; the Master of Divinity degree from Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship.  His doctoral studies were done at the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.  Several honorary degrees have been conferred upon him from the following institutions:  D. D., Lane College, Texas College, Miles College and Phillips School of Theology at ITC.  He has taught at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee, lectured extensively and has earned an international reputation as a world traveler (throughout Africa, Europe and Israel), a dynamic preacher and a forceful speaker.  He, also, has authored several books, some of which includes:  Salvation Is Of The Lord, The Pastor As An Enabling And Equipping Disciple and Conception Of Sin In Thought Of Reinhold Neibuhr. 

He was elected the 46th Bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1986 in Birmingham, Alabama.  Upon his election as a bishop, he was assigned to the Ninth Episcopal District, which encompassed the California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and Alaska Regions.  Prior to his elevation to the office of bishop, he was General Secretary of the Board of Publication Services of the CME Church.  He distinguished himself as a most effective pastor at the Temple of Love CME Church in Memphis, Tennessee, which he started in the CME Publishing House.  Bishop Brown was also a prominent pastor of Mt. Pisgah CME Church in Memphis, where he developed a model urban ministry for the entire community.

At the 2010 General Conference held in Mobile, Alabama, Bishop Brown was honorably retired.

Bishop Brown has served in many positions in the CME Church, as well as in the community.  He is the past chairperson of the CME Lay Ministry, past chairperson of the Department of Evangelism, Social Justice and Human Concerns, among many other positions.  Presently, he is the resident bishop in Cincinnati, Ohio for the Ohio-Central Indiana and Kentucky Regions of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.  He is the chairperson of the Department of Publication Services, a member of the Board of Trustees of Phillips School of Theology; a national board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, chairperson of Closing the Health Gap of Greater Cincinnati, chairperson of the MLK Coalition, City of Cincinnati, chairperson of the Clergy Advisory Health Council and a member of the Electoral Reform Commission, City of Cincinnati.  He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

The hallmark of the entire ministry of Bishop Brown has been his community activism.  He has received hundreds of awards, plaques, commendations, trophies and citations for his outstanding contributions toward improving the life of his fellowman.

Bishop Brown is married to Gladys Delores Stephens Brown and is the father of Alonzo Victor Brown (deceased) and Cheronda Brown Guyton.  He is the grandfather of Kyrhee Sjamont (KJ) Brown, Alonzo Edward (AJ) Brown, Stephen Andrew Guyton and Sean Matthew Guyton. 


Bishop Edward Lynn Brown
Address:   4250 Thunderstone Circle W
Hickory Hill, TN 38125