Bishop Dawn R. Brown is an anointed, appointed and dynamic deliverer of the Word of God. Having a heart and passion for ministry, it is of no surprise that she would be called to ministry. On August 16, 1998, Bishop Brown founded the Cathedral of Holiness Missionary Baptist Church. The name and vision for Cathedral were given inspirationally by the Lord to Bishop Brown; as such, twenty-four adults and children attended the first meeting at 450 Baylor Road, Wenonah, New Jersey. In November 1998, worship services were moved to the Oak Valley Elementary School until July 16, 2005 when the congregation moved to Pennsville, New Jersey after the acquisition of a building on April 28, 2005. Under Bishop Brown’s direction, Cathedral also made purchase of the house next door to the church in 2007.
Bishop Brown surrendered her life over to God at a very early age. Having responded to the call to the preaching ministry, Bishop Brown was licensed to preach in June 1983 at the New Light Beulah Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Reverend T.C. Killerbrew. In April 1994, Bishop Brown was ordained at the New Comfort Baptist Church, where her friend and mentor the Reverend Dr. T. E. Kilgoe was pastor and founder. Prior to Cathedral, Bishop Brown served in several ministerial capacities – including Assistant Pastor, Minister of Education, Coordinator of both the Youth Ministry and Kilgoe's Youth & Young Adult Choir, and taught youth Bible study for Tuesday Night Live while at New Comfort; and Youth Ministry, Sunday School teacher, and Coordinator of the Missionaries while at Consolation Baptist Church. It was in this capacity that the Lord strengthened her administrative gifts.
On November 28, 2009, Bishop Brown was consecrated to the sacred office of Bishop under the Ruwach United Fellowship Inc. In addition to serving as pastor of Cathedral, Bishop Brown is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Cathedral Community Development Corporation, a faith-based, non-profit social service organization. She is also the Director of Women’s Ministry, the Director of Finance and the Director of Missions all within the Ruwach United Fellowship, Inc. Bishop Brown is an active board member Habitat for Humanity – Salem County and sits as a proctor for the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners twice per year.
As a visionary, Bishop Brown organized the 1st Ruwach United Fellowship International Women’s Conference that was held in both Cape Town and Atlantis, South Africa in September 2012. In addition to preaching in South Africa, Bishop Brown also organized and performed missions’ work.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bishop Brown is a graduate of Geneva College, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Broadcast Communications with a minor in Business Administration in 1986. Bishop Brown also matriculated at Palmer Theological Seminary (formerly known as Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary) in February 1988. On October 21, 2011, Bishop Brown retired from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts in order to serve full-time in ministry.
Bishop Brown is thankful to Jesus Christ who counted her faithful by placing her in the ministry, but she is even more thankful for her family ministry. Bishop Brown is proud to be married to Deacon Scott Brown, a strong, secure and supportive husband. She is also both honored and delighted to be the mother to Ryan (Minister), Jessica (Minister), and Bryant (Deacon). Lastly, always appreciative and full of admiration, Bishop Brown wishes to acknowledge her mother, Nurma Singleton, who against the odds consciously and consistently encouraged her daughter to be the best at whatever God’s call was for her life. She has told Bishop Brown, “If you can take it, you can make it.”
Above all, Bishop Dawn Brown is a visionary, organizer and teacher of God’s Word. She remains dedicated to growing God’s kingdom through ministry and missions.