Newly-ordained Bishop Randolph Brown (third from let) is pictured (from left to right) with Bishop Eddie Smith, Bishop Howard Bracey, Bishop Richard Howell, Bishop Ellis Murchison and Bishop Lawrence Bailey following his special consecration service. (photo by Sherlyn Brown)
by Sherlyn Brown
Dr. Randolph Brown, pastor of Grace to Help Tabernacle, was ordained a bishop in the Unified Churches of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the Apostolic Faith (UCPAAF) recently during a special consecration service.
The chief consecrators for the service were Bishop Richard D. Howell, Jr. of Minneapolis, MN; Bishop Lawrence Bailey of Dayton, OH; Bishop Ellis Murchison; Bishop Howard Bracy; Bishop Eddie Smith all apostolic pastors in Milwaukee.
Founded by the late Bishop Dr. Earl Parchia, founder and pastor of Mt. Zion Assembly of the Apostolic Faith Church, the UCPAAF membership is comprised of brethren who support the Apostolic Doctrine of repentance, water baptism in Jesus’ name and the in-filing of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
After serving with his former pastor, Pastor Mary Grey of Jesus Soul Saving Station, for 20 years, the then-Elder Brown, his wife Dorothy and their three children, pioneered Grace To Help Tabernacle in a storefront mission on 53rd and Center streets.
Brown began his pastorate in 1997 as Dr. Robert Jiggetts of East Orange, New Jersey mentored him. His ministry and congregation grew and after eight years on Center Street, they purchased their current facility of 13,000 sq. feet located at 809 West Burnham Street where various ministries serve the southeast side community.
Bishop Brown recently founded the Grace To Help Theological Institute. Its mission and purpose is to train the men and women, called into ministry, in sound biblical and doctrinal principles through its accredited theological degree programs. The first graduating class held its ceremony June 2010 at Grace To Help Tabernacle.
For Bishop Brown, his new role as bishop comes with an overwhelming load of personal sacrifices and responsibilities for the church and the people in our community. “I am called to serve the people of God in such a time as this,” he said. “I operate in the spirit of excellence, which is required by God, to carry out his mandates for his people and the church..”