by: Jay Prall
A joint Sabbath potluck between the Decherd Church of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference and Decherd First Church of the South Central Conference was the perfect cover for a surprise pastoral blessing for Theodore Brown Sr., Ph.D. pastor of the Decherd First Church. Orchestrated by Annette Martinez, the church asked Nelson Mercado, pastor of the Decherd, Tullahoma, and Murfreesboro district to conduct the service. But the event grew even larger as Steve Haley, president of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, and his wife Melinda were visiting the Decherd Church family that Sabbath.
Members of both congregations shared personal tributes of how they had seen the Holy Spirit working through Brown. Then gathering around, they laid hands on him and prayed that God would continue to bless his ministry in profound ways.
Brown is an associate professor of management in the School of Business at Oakwood University. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he pastors the Decherd First and Fayetteville First (TN) churches.
Photo: Participating in the event were Will Griffin, elder at Decherd First (left); Steve Haley, president Kentucky-Tennessee Conference; Theodore Brown Sr, pastor, Ph.D.; Nelson Mercado, pastor; and Leroy Wilkerson, deacon at Decherd First.