CME bishop to speak at Rust's Founders' Convocation


Bishop Thomas L. Brown Sr., the 54th bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, will be the keynote speaker for the 141st Founders’ Convocation at Rust College.

The convocation is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in the Morehouse Auditorium, Doxey Center. During the convocation, President David Beckley will recognize all attorneys who graduated from Rust and Mississippi Industrial colleges.

Attorneys from either school who have not received correspondence from the college may contact Beckley’s office at 662-252-8000, ext. 4015.

Brown, an Oakland, Miss., native and University of Mississippi graduate, was elected bishop in June 2006 and assigned to the Fourth Episcopal District. Additionally, he earned a Master of Divinity degree with honors from the Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta. Brown earned a doctor of theology degree in pastoral counseling with honors from the Interdenominational Theological Center in cooperation with the Candler School of Theology/Emory University and Columbia Seminary.

He was assigned to pastor Rice Chapel Church (Mississippi Conference) in Durant in 1973. He was ordained a deacon and elder and admitted into full connection in the Georgia Annual Conference in 1975 and 1976, respectively.

Since becoming a member of the Georgia Conference, he has pastured several churches

and was the organizing pastor of the Good News Community Church in Lithonia.

Brown served distinction as the sixth president/dean of the Phillips School of Theology at ITC. Under his leadership, the annual CME Pastor’s Conference was established.