Greater Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church honors mothers and caregivers on Mother’s Day
By Media Ministry
The Greater Ward Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 900 N.W. Sixth Avenue, Hallandale Beach, Fla., will celebrate its annual Mother’s Day Worship Service, Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 11 a.m., where the The Reverend Theodore R. Francisco serves as pastor and Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr., the Presiding Prelate of Florida and the Bahamas and Presiding Elder John H. Bodison, presiding Elder of the Central District of South Florida. The theme for this worship experience is “A Call for Caregivers”.
The preacher of the hour will be The Reverend Edrena Houston Brown a connectional leader in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and in the South Florida community is noted for bringing diverse groups together in working together in unity and for community service.
Her community affiliations includes; founder of Touch of Compassion Outreach Fellowship and Man of Valor Community Achievers Awards, volunteer for Collier City Friends library, Broward County Schools Community Task Alliance, Blanche Ely High School Parent and Community Alliance, Women in Ministry (AMEC), Ashanti Cultural Arts, Inc., Phi Delta Kappa and numerous other civic and community organizations.
Her community aspirations have her elected in 2011 -2013 as vice-president of the National Association for the Florida A&M University, Broward County Alumni Chapter, serving under the distinguished leadership of Mary Shaw Smith, president, awarded for recruiting the highest amount of memberships for the chapter in 2011 (as this honor was shared with former President John Wimberly) and in 2012 implemented the FAMU’s Presidential tour in Broward County under the leadership of Vice-President William Hudson, Jr., Ph.D., of Student Affairs.
She is a former pastor in the Eleventh Episcopal District and presently serves as an Associate Minister and Director of Christian Education and the Arts Ministry at Historic Mt. Hermon A.M.E. Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida under the profound leadership of The Reverend Willie J. Cook, Sr., M.Div.
Her educational training began in the public schools of Daytona Beach, Fla. where, Rev. Brown was the first African American to integrate her elementary school in 1965. After relocating to Broward County her graduating class of 1972 Dillard Comprehensive High School, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. was the last segregated graduating class of Dillard High School during this tenure. After graduation she matriculated to historic Florida A&M University (FAMU), Tallahassee, Fla. where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology and later a Master’s Degree in Adult Basic Education. She is a graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Ga. of Turner Theological Seminary earning a Master’s Degree in Christian Education and Theology.
Mothers of the South Florida and Caregivers will be honored on this special occasion. For further information, please call the administrative office at (954) 458-3833.