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Passing of a
Evangelist Dr. Bobby Brown took his first breath in heaven early
Sunday morning, September 24, 2018. This great servant of the Lord
will be greatly missed. He and his wife have touched many lives for
Christ, including the lives of many military people around the world.
Before Dr. Brown passed, he wrote an article for the GI BANNER,
“Remember, Reflect, and Rejoice.” We have included his article in this
GI BANNER. Thank you, Bobby and Gretchen Brown, for your great
sacrifice and service for our Lord. (Editor GI BANNER)
By Evangelist Bobby Brown
I am a Hoosier, born in Evansville, Indiana, January 1934. The Republic P–47
Thunderbolt aircraft was built in my hometown as was the Landing Ship
Transport at the shipyard on the Ohio River, which was located five miles
from my house. Camp Breckinridge, home of the 101st Airborne, located near
Morganfield, Kentucky, was less than an hour’s drive away. I grew up selling
the local newspaper on a street corner to soldiers and I have always loved our
military. Dr. Homer Britton preached several revivals in our church in Evansville
and became my friend. He told me about Tennessee Temple and suggested
I attend; I took his advice. Immediately after my high school graduation on
a Thursday evening in 1952, I jumped into the backseat of a 4-door Pontiac,
driven by Roy Richardson. I went to sleep and awoke the next morning in Chattanooga, Tennessee. That Friday was the last day
for Summer School registration at Tennessee Temple.
I soon discovered that Dr. Britton had a daughter, Gretchen. We met at Temple and two years later were married. Doctors
Lee Roberson and Homer Britton conducted the wedding
ceremony on August 28, 1954.
After college graduation, I continued in seminary, earning a
master’s degree in Religious Education. Gretchen taught piano,
conducted the Junior High Choir, and later conducted the
University Choir. I served in various locations as an assistant
pastor and music director for the next 13 years.
In 1966 while ministering in the Chicago area, I received a
call and request to speak to a group of people who had been
meeting for prayer in a home in the area. As a result of that
meeting, the Lord led us to organize the First Baptist Church
of Alsip, Illinois. Over the next 10 years, God blessed with a
Sunday school attendance of 250, a new church building, and
a congregation of believers who supported 41 missionaries
through Faith Promise. Through all of these rich experiences,
the Lord was preparing us for many more years of ministry.