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This profile was last updated on 12/25/06  and contains information from public web pages.

Oliver Brazelle

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Youth Director and Minister of Mu...

North Montgomery Avenue church

Employment History

  • Music Director
    First United Methodist Church
  • Minister of Music

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Active Member
    First United Methodist Church


  • Florence State College
  • Coffee High School
7 Total References
Web References
Brazelle has kept church youth busy for almost 50 years | | Times Daily | Florence, AL, 25 Dec 2006 [cached]
Brazelle has kept church youth busy for almost 50 years
Oliver Brazelle says his years at First United Methodist Church have been a pleasure."I've had some wonderful people to work with.The youth and the adults have been tremendous." DANIEL GILES/TimesDailySHEFFIELD -- Oliver Brazelle said when he started his job at First United Methodist Church in Sheffield he thought he would be there about two years.
"It was a very happy situation and I stayed," said Brazelle.
That was 48 years ago.
Brazelle, a native of Florence, has been a fixture at the North Montgomery Avenue church as youth director and minister of music.
Brazelle started in October 1958 as youth director.
"I began some children's choir, a youth choir a year or so later and then took over the adult choir," said Brazelle."It's been a true pleasure.I've had some wonderful people to work with.The youth and the adults have been tremendous."
Brazelle said that at one time he had nine youth choirs going.
And not only was he involving the young people of the church in music, he was also involving them in travel, as they would go on trips during the summer to sing as well as to minister to others.
He said the group traveled to many cities throughout the U.S., and even Europe, as well as being involved in the local community.
During his years at the church, he said he has watched many young people develop and mature into adults.
"I've had a good many people come through the youth choir and then go into the adult choir, and they're still there," he said.
"It didn't take me long to realize Oliver is one of the most patient people I've ever met.
"I went one time and (Brazelle) didn't asked me to come back (to sing) again."
For the past eight years, Brazelle has been heading an orchestra that performs for two nights at Christmas.
The orchestra includes many of his current congregation members along with former church members and some musicians from outside the church.
"We have about 40 musicians in the orchestra and 55 to 65 in the choir," Brazelle said."We've been fortunate to have such a talented group of people at our church."
Recently, the church honored Brazelle for his years of service.
"It was a total surprise," he said."I'm honored to be here and so very blessed to be a part of this congregation."
Kelly said Brazelle is the backbone of the church.
Brazelle said that during his tenure at the church, there have been opportunities to move, but he wanted to stay in Sheffield.
"I wanted to stay in a smaller community," he said.
First United Methodist Church, Sheffield AL, 15 June 2012 [cached]
Minister of Music - Oliver Brazelle (email) Oliver oversees all of the music of the Chancel Choir and works with the pastors in planning worship. He also helps the trustees to insure that all property and equipment is properly maintained. Oliver and his wife, Mary Grace, live in Sheffield.
Oliver is a long-time resident of Sheffield. He graduated from Coffee High School and Florence State College. He has been over the music department at First United Methodist Church for 40 years. He is an active member of First United Methodist Church.
In January, Oliver Brazelle, ... [cached]
In January, Oliver Brazelle, 79, the former music director at the First United Methodist Church in Sheffield, was charged by Lauderdale County authorities with second-degree sexual abuse and one-count of second-degree sodomy.
Church officials said they fired music ..., 13 Aug 2012 [cached]
Church officials said they fired music minister and former youth minister Oliver Brazelle, 78, in late July amid claims he abused young people during his 54-year tenure at the church. Ray has not referred to Brazelle by name, but confirmed church officials discussed the accusations with him.
Brazelle spent 54 years at the ..., 3 Aug 2012 [cached]
Brazelle spent 54 years at the church, serving most of those years as music minister and youth minister. He resigned from his duties as youth minister about 10 years ago, Anderson said.
Brazelle, 78, has not been charged with any crime, according to Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray.
Attempts to contact Brazelle on his home telephone have been unsuccessful.
"Our pastor, Zeke Haselden, was approached by a person with some very disturbing information that involved our minister of music, Oliver Brazelle," the letter sent to church members states.
The letter adds Haselden contacted the organization's district superintendent and sought advice from an attorney through the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. A decision was then made to confront Brazelle about the allegation.
"Oliver admitted to us that he had an inappropriate relationship with a younger member of our church ..." the letter states. Brazelle was terminated July 27.
Another letter released by Anderson on Thursday states that in 2003, the United Methodist Church's bishop restricted Brazelle from choir directorship with youth after Brazelle was accused of inappropriate sexual contact in the 1970s.
However, no victim came forward, no charges were filed and Brazelle denied the allegations.
"We want to talk with these people before we talk with Brazelle," Ray said.
Letter written by Billy Don Anderson, the church's chairman of the Staff Parish relations Committee, and outlines events leading to the termination last week of Oliver Brazelle.
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