Reverend Brenda G. Brown-Grooms is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned the Bachelor of Arts in Government and Foreign Affairs, with a concentration in Soviet Politics, in 1977.
Reverend Brown-Grooms graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY with a Master of Divinity in 1987.
After serving as Pastoral Ministries Intern at the Riverside Church in New York, NY, and, while serving as Ministerial Intern at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, she was licensed to preach on September 15, 1985.
everend Brown-Grooms was ordained to Christian Ministry at Berean Baptist Church, on February 24, 1991, in Nashville, TN.
After graduating from seminary, she served Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, NY as Minister of Research and Development, from July 1987 to July 1988, and, concurrently, for six months, as Minister of Administration (February-July 1988).
In those capacities she
helped to run the church office on a day-to-day basis, developed and facilitated workshops for that and other congregations throughout the NewYork/Connecticut/New Jersey area, wrote and edited a weekly newspaper column, and developed and set up the maintenance of various programs of ministry (including a soup kitchen and an overnight shelter) in the Mount Vernon, NY community.
Reverend Brown-Grooms relocated from Mount Vernon, NY to Nashville, TN to pursue the Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) at the Vanderbilt University Graduate School of Religion, in August of 1988.
From September 1988 to August 1989 she worked as Faculty Research Consultant at Fisk University.
As a grants writer in the Development Office, she taught faculty to write proposals, did research for the President's Office and the Development Office, and developed and facilitated workshops on proposal writing.
As an Assistant Professor of New Testament Greek, she taught Biblical Greek grammar, translation of Biblical texts and how to use lexicons and concordances, and, in addition, Old and New Testament Bible courses, at American Baptist College, in Nashville, TN.
She has served as a Visiting Professor and Consultant at Virginia Seminary and College in Lynchburg, VA.
has preached in California, Connecticut, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee and Virginia.
She served as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Natural Bridge, in Natural Bridge, VA for eight years and as an Associate Minister at Sweet Union Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA.
develops and facilitates workshops on various aspects of church life and Christian development and personal empowerment.
currently offers churches and professional organizations sixteen workshops, included among which are: God-talk; Empowering the Pew; The Bible: How to Teach and Study It; The Leadership Training Workshop; How to Save the African American Family; The Women's Workshop and A Workshop on Church Growth and Unity
using the Book of James.
Personal empowerment workshops for professional institutions, high schools, colleges and universities and other service organizations include: The Empowerment Workshop for Youths and Adults; Problem Solving for Teens; The Workshop Series for Women; The Conflict Resolution Workshop; and, The Anger Management Workshop.
believes very strongly in the work of the Church to create, mirror and maintain community, both among church families and the community where local congregations are situated.
believes that Church is the place where individuals can become strong enough and powerful enough to live life abundantly.
Everyone in a congregation can and should be powerful.
The task of the local congregation is to help each other to live powerful, God-directed lives, together-for the good of each home, each neighborhood, each city, each state, there represented.
It is her
belief that we make a difference in the world by doing what we have the gifts and ability to do, where we are, among the people with whom we live.
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