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POSTED: February 23, 2008 5:01 a.m.
In the pulpit, he gives words of encouragement and comfort to his flock. As a funeral director, he consoles and comforts families experiencing the loss of a loved one.
The Rev. Abram Brown Sr., pastor of First Anderson Grove Baptist Church, is a busy man. Whether at church or on the job, he serves listening and counseling.
Brown served as assistant pastor of First Anderson Grove for three years prior to assuming the position of pastor in 2005.
"I also served as the assistant pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Brunswick for five years," Brown said.
He has been in the ministry for 19 years.
"The Lord blessed me by allowing me to serve as assistant pastor under two older pastors (both in their late 90s). The Rev. Garfield Jackson served First Anderson Grove for over 50 years before his retirement. After he retired, I was called as Pastor."  
"I learned a lot by observing Pastor Jackson. He taught me to treat people with respect and how to get along with members."
Brown said young ministers must learn to wait until their time comes.
"Don't undermine your pastor," he said.
Brown said the Rev. Willie Delmar, pastor of Greater Enterprise Baptist Church in McIntosh County, is his pastor.
"I learned many things from him. He taught me to make sure I knew who I was and to study God's Word.
"First Anderson Grove has some very loving people. We are one big family and the church is steadily growing. I am trying to get our children in position to go forward to experience God's work. We must develop young men and women of tomorrow. My desire is to keep people from going astray by continuing to preach God's word."
The church has active youths, deacons, mission, and music ministries.
"We have some strong prayer warriors who go out into the community to visit the sick and shut."
In addition to serving as pastor of First Anderson Grove and assistant pastor at Enterprise Baptist, Brown is the assistant moderator of the Progressive Baptist Association in Riceboro. He is also a member of the Zion Baptist Association and the Ministerial Alliance of Glynn County.   
The first black coroner in Georgia, Brown held that position for eight years. He is the president/funeral director of Hall, Jones and Brown Funeral Homes in Brunswick.  
Brown served as the first chairman of the Georgia Training Council for Coroners and chairman of the Georgia Disaster Team. He is a member of the Airport Commission in Glynn County, Election Board and Chamber of Commerce.   
Brown spent 17 years in the military (three years active duty and 14 with the National Guard).
"I served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967."
While in the military, he played basketball with a U.S. Army team in Europe.
"I was almost a pro," he said.
A native of McIntosh County, Brown is married to Lillie Brown. She's retired from Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center in Brunswick. They have five children and four grandchildren. The Browns live in Brunswick. In his spare time, Brown enjoys basketball.   
The First Anderson Grove Church Family invites you to their pastor's appreciation today at 11:30 a.m. Additionally, the pastor invites you to worship with them on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.
 

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