Saturday, November 26, 2022
11:00 AM EST


Blowing of the Shofar
Praise Team
Glory Glory, Halelujah
The Officiant
Pastor Judy Mandrel
The Adjutants
The Presiding Prelate
The Board of Bishops
Visiting Bishops
University Ministries Clergy
NAO Clergy
Visiting Clergy
Family Members
Sealing of the Bier
Pastor Wales R. Nesbitt, III
Scripture Readings
Old Testament
Minister Johann Brown
New Testament
Pastor Abbie Knight
Official Tributes
Presiding Prelate of the NAOFI
Bishop Joseph W. Brown, II Esq.
Bishop of the NAOFI
Bishop Michael Kenon
President of the International Leadership College of Bishops and Pastors & Presiding
Bishop John William Wade
Apostolic Reflections
Apostle Alzo Slade
Sister Shakayla Wiggins
Acknowledgement of Dignitaries and Visiting Clergy
Bishop Thomas D. Rouse, III
Reflections (2 minutes)
As a Pastor
Pastor Arnold McKay
As a Bishop
Bishop Michael Moore
As a Neighbor
Dr. Landry and Cathy Brockmeir
As an Uncle
Sister Earica Cole, Sister Joy Brown, Brother Wales R. Nesbitt, IV, Pastor Garland Scott, and Elder Alex Scott
As a Cousin
Elder Dondriec Johnson, Minister Richard and Vette Lee
As a Trailblazer
Sister Vania Lee (Praise Dance)
As a Godfather
Sister Jamese Moran and Prophet Jamila Bentley
As a Brother
Elder Clinton Brown and Elder Vera McNeil
As a Friend
Mr. Matt Brown
Prophetic Reflections
City of Tallahassee
Mayor Pro Tempore Dianne Williams-Cox
Family Tribute
Children and Grandchildren
Reading of the Obituary
First Lady Marvetta Nesbitt
Praise Team
Resolutions and Acknowledgements
Dr. Chakita Hargrove
Elder Kenya Brown
Pastor Hosea Brown
Clergy and Family


Apostle Joseph Lee Brown was born September 17, 1946, in Panama City, Florida, to the late Dazie Brown Harris and Elder Zed Brown, World War II Veteran, and founder of the first Church of God in Christ in Tallahassee, Florida.


Apostle Brown was educated at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Computer Programming. He continued his studies at General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan, earning a degree in Marketing Management. He was recognized in the Panama City News Herald in 1967 for an automobile industry innovation that he created. Apostle Brown also studied at the Sales Analysis Institute in Chicago, Illinois in Human Relations, and attended the University of North Florida where he majored in Psychology. His educational achievements also include a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Theology from the International Bible Institute and Seminary of Orlando, Florida.

Childhood Training and Commitment

Apostle Brown was reared in a Christian home with siblings who loved and admired him for his love and compassion. He was spiritually influenced by the teachings of his mother and father, and pastor, the late Elder M.B. Carr. At the young age of 16, he confessed Salvation and fully accepted the ministry’s call in 1970. His commitment was total and unwavering. Like Barnabas, he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith - faith that never wavered; subsequently, a great multitude of people were brought to the Lord through his ministry.


Apostle married his sweetheart, the late Dr. Edna Scott Brown on March 20, 1970, and their romance lasted 42 years. Through this union, he was blessed with six wonderful, high-achieving, God-fearing children, with successful careers in the bishopric, evangelism, medicine, law, business, education, and the military. They honored and respected him. He was also blessed with 12 talented grandchildren. Being a grandfather came naturally to him and brought him much joy and happiness. His grands lovingly called him “Papa”.

Interest and Patriarchal Role

Apostle Brown’s interests were diverse. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, singing to his family, and cooking breakfast every morning for his spoiled child (Johann). He was like a father to the entire Brown family, and he was also a spiritual father to so many others.

Civic and Community Service

As a civil rights activist, he was the first African American male to integrate the city bus system in Panama City, Florida. As a civic leader, he was a member of Mission Tallahassee, an interdenominational faith alliance. He also served on the board of directors for Premier Bank. Apostle Brown was passionate about providing shelter for the homeless and rehabilitation for the formally incarcerated. He provided employment and training to help integrate them back into society. Before Farm Share was enacted locally, Apostle Brown transported truckloads of fresh produce from Georgia to Tallahassee and partnered with Publix grocery stores to distribute food to the local community.


Apostle Brown’s work in the ministry was expansive and international, spanning more than 60 years. He began his ministry as the assistant pastor to the late Elder Owen Smith, founder of University Church of God In Christ and received the benefits of his vast reservoir of wisdom. Subsequently, in 1995, he founded University Ministries International where he served as Pastor and Overseer, creating innovative programs for university students and the community-at-large. He also served as the presiding prelate of the North American Outreach Fellowship International (NAOFI), and the Chief Apostle for the Global Evangelistic Outreach Network. Apostle Brown was known for appointing and supporting women in ministry, and for his faith and anointing. He traveled all over the world releasing healing and miracles in the name of Jesus, and witnessed the power of answered prayers, many were delivered and set free.

He taught, trained, and conducted seminars and conferences to equip men and women of God for Kingdom work. He fed the hungry, clothed the naked, gave to the needy, and cared for widows and orphans. His ministry touched thousands in 49 US states and several countries abroad; Nassau, Bahamas; Niagara Falls, Canada; Israel; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Seoul, Korea; Lagos, Nigeria; London, England; Tijuana, Mexico; Taipei, China; and Muar, Malaysia.

Dr. Brown demonstrated apostolic leadership, prophetic utterance, expansive evangelistic outreach, effective teaching, and pastoral covering and care. He demonstrated spiritual intelligence by operating with powerful apostolic authority. He was a prayer warrior and General in the Army of the Lord! “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace” Psalm 37:37. Apostle was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dr. Edna Brown, and five siblings, the late Zed Brown, the late Julius Brown, the late Lou Ethel Pope, the late Jamie Mae Bennet, and the late Annie Ruth Jones.

Apostle Joseph Lee Brown leaves to praise his legacy, his children: Dr. Joedrecka Brown Speights (Gregory), Bishop Joel Brown (Tiffanie), Minister Jodie Brown, Minister Johann Brown (Danielle), Evangelist Michael Brown, and Sister Shayla Hayes (Justin). Twelve Grandchildren, Anaia, Joseph, Kailyn, Joshua, Johnathan, Michael, Adrianna, Michael Jr., Jonathan, Luca, Lilliana, and Jordan. Thirteen Siblings, Missionary Annie Ola Rouse, Dr. Hosea Brown (Kathryn), Minister Eara Simpson, Missionary Cynthia Wade, Elder Vera McNeil, Minister Lundra Jefferson, Elder Clinton Brown (Cynthia), First Lady Marvetta Nesbitt (Wales, III), Sister Sylenthia Demeritt (Lionel), Missionary Edna Madry, Sister Cora Jones, Bro. Jeremiah Brown, and First Lady Margaree Robinson (Bryant), Two god sisters, Evangelist Shelly Barber (Kevin), and Sister Tina Reynolds.


Although you are gone, you left a great legacy through your children, family and church, for all the world to see; You had a dynamic ability to speak life to dead situations, and you stood strong like a sequoia tree.

We’re honored that you have finished your race, whether you were Daddy, Papa, Bishop, or Apostle, we hope we put a smile on your face.

Your life left a flame, not to be burned out, but trailblazing waters in the desert, with no signs of drought.

Your legacy lives inside all the lives you’ve touched. From cooking spaghetti dinners to standing up for civil rights, we all loved and continue to love you so much!

Your intelligence, quick wit, humor and funny faces will leave an indelible impact for your children through generations.

Your grandkids will know their Papa was a great man of valor. Your siblings honor you as a brother, father and pastor.

So rest now, daddy, in the arms of our Savior and Lord. Well done thy good and faithful servant, you have finished your race, completed your tasks, it is now time to receive your reward!

We will always remember you and Momma Edna Brown, for all the tools you gave us: from Greg and Joette, Joel and Tiff, Jodie, Johann and Danielle, Michael, Justin and Shayla.