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POSTED: August 28, 2007 5:03 a.m.
Apostle Wilhelmenia Brown yielded to the call of God into the ministry in 1985. A native of Savannah, she came to Liberty County with her military spouse. Sixteen years ago, she began a church here.
Brown is the founder and pastor of the Faithful Temple Church of Deliverance Ministries in Hinesville.
“We are small enough to lead you and large enough to need you. We are a family-oriented church,” Brown said.
Faithful Temple has various ministries to meet the needs of the members. Some include the youth, deacons, evangelism, mission, ushers, tabernacle and Levites. The church has implemented different programs to address family relationship and development.
“We have seminars in education, financial management, relationship in the family, and abstinence,” Brown said. “We have retreats and do things for the total family.”
Faithful Temple is committed to the building of God’s people through the principles of God’s Kingdom as outlined in His word, the pastor said. Every area of ministry is designed to assist youth and adults in their personal growth and development as followers of Jesus Christ
“Knowing God loves me and wants me to love his people keeps me going. I am empowered by his love,” she said. “My vision is to reach, teach, prepare and educate people about God.”
The church’s vision is to have a halfway house for inmates leaving prison and an educational center for young people. Brown said she would also love to have a facility where pastors can come together in an atmosphere where they can relax and then go back to their congregations refreshed,
A busy pastor, Brown travels extensively spreading the gospel and evangelizing. She oversees a church in Pooler and one in South Carolina. The churches are growing.
Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian physiology and a master’s degree in Christian theology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. She obtained her specialist’s degree in theology and her doctorate at Zoe University in Jacksonville. She gives credit to Bishop Mary Pope for the impact she made on her ministry.
 “When I was afraid to accept the ministry, she was there. I watched her, the way she handles situations and how she rose above the situation. She taught me to stand strong in the midst of obstacles,” Brown said.
“As ministers, we must pray for one another; we need each other. We should cover one another and lift each other. People should see us working together,” she said.   
Brown is married to Kenneth Brown. He is a native of Chicago and a military retiree. Currently, he teaches at Snelson-Golden Middle School and Armstrong Atlantic State University. The Browns have been married for 29 years and are the parents of two children and four grandchildren. Both of their children are ministers and work in the ministry.
In her spare time, Brown relaxes by going to nearby waterways and doing early morning reading.
 

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