ORANGEBURG -- Funeral services for Bishop Dr. Ronald E. Hill Brown will be held at noon Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the South Atlantic Seventh-Day Adventist Convention Center, 524 Neeses Highway, Orangeburg. Viewing begins at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens, 4830 Columbia Road, Orangeburg.
Public viewing be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019, at Faith Tabernacle Deliverance Temple, 1161 Amelia St., Orangeburg. Leevy's Funeral Home, Taylor Street Chapel, Columbia, is in charge.
Bishop Dr. Ronald Elwood Hill Brown was born on Friday, March 14, 1947, in Savannah, Ga., to the late Lillie Mae Brown and John Hill Sr. At 11 years old, his aunt, Ida Mae Cooper, who raised him, and other family members moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he completed his public school education.
He began his public ministry at age 16 as a member of the Deliverance Evangelistic Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., under the leadership of Apostle Auturo Skinner. As a young evangelist, Ronald Brown traveled extensively both nationally and internationally, preaching and reaching the lost for Christ. In 1969, he moved to Orangeburg. On Sept. 21, 1969, he opened Faith Tabernacle Deliverance Temple Inc. (formerly Faith Tabernacle Deliverance Evangelistic Center). Under his leadership, two other churches were established: Lighthouse Evangelistic Center in Savannah, Ga., in November 1971 and Faith Tabernacle Deliverance Temple of Miami, Fla., in December 1988.
Dr. Ronald E. Brown served in ministry for more than 56 years and is known as “the preacher's preacher.” In addition to the spoken Word, Dr. Brown also published two books “The Disturbing Christ” and “Behold Aaron's Rod.”
In 1973, Pastor Brown met and married Vivian “Vickie” Bowman and to this union one son, Mario Mendell, was born. He raised another son, Curtis Renoldo.
Pastor Brown was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree, and the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the United Christian College in Goldsboro, N.C. He also received many commendations and certificates of merit. To his honor, 13 commissioners and other state officials proclaimed Dec. 13 as “Ronald E. Brown Day” in Savannah, Ga.
On July 17, 1987, Dr. Brown was licensed and appointed bishop of the United Pentecostal Churches of Deliverance, Winston Salem, N.C., to head the Faith Tabernacle Jurisdiction under the auspices of Bishop S.D. Johnson. Bishop Brown released three CDs, “Live! Having Good Old Fashion Church,” “Live! Having Good Old Fashioned Church Part II” and “Sounds of Pentecost.”
On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, Bishop Dr. Ronald Elwood Hill Brown transitioned from labor to reward.
Those left awaiting a heavenly reunion are his two sons, Mario M. (Joy) Brown Winans, Fort Lee, N.J., and Bishop Curtis R. (Maria) Brown, Miami; five grandchildren, Steven Winans, Mario Winans II, Skyler Winans, Rio Winans and Cameron Brown; one great-granddaughter, Summer Winans; his spiritual father, Bishop Matthew Johnson Sr., St. Albans, N.Y.; six brothers, John (Gayle) Hill Jr. and Pastor VanDyke (Davonia) Freeman Sr., both of Charlotte, N.C., Eugene (Martha) Riley of Columbia, Melvin (Esther) Riley and Bishop Edward (Carleen) Riley, both of Orangeburg, and Frederick Samuel Jr. of Jersey City, N.J.; nine sisters, Shirley (Fordham) Owens and Betty Riley, both of Charlotte, N.C., Hiler Denise Garrison of Philadelphia, Deborah (Hawthorne) Singleton of Ewing, N.J., Wanda Wheeler of Bristol, Pa., Barbara Irvin of Brooklyn, N.Y., Idella (James) Crawford and Evelyn Riley Clark, both of Orangeburg, and Carrie (Clarence) Riley Collins of Columbia; his beloved Faith Tabernacle Church family; his faithful and devoted presiding elder, Elder Larry Palmer; a host fellow laborers in the Gospel; and many spiritual sons, daughters and grandchildren.