Dr. Michael B. Brown, Thank you & Farewell
Thank you and farewell Dr. Michael B. Brown and his years of ministry and leadership.
One Last Goodbye from Page and Dr. Michael Brown
Tribute to Dr. Michael B. Brown
A Message from Stephanie M. Bailey
I have had the privilege of working with Dr. Michael Brown since his arrival at Marble. We brought Michael and Page to this awesome church with marvelous history and importance in New York City; the idea of partnering with him in this next chapter of our history was both exciting and daunting. We communicated frequently with email, usually quite long, often playful, sometimes challenging but always bubbling up to the top priority. Michael was a fountain of ideas, so we would create strategies to achieve them. We would incorporate the insights of our Ministers, Staff, Elders, Deacons and other leaders and build consensus to take a new direction or tackle an emerging problem.
Under Michael’s leadership, we saw our Internet presence grow to close to 100,000 unique hits a year through live streamed sermons, sermonettes and blogs. His Talk Back sessions demonstrate his deep theological understanding and teaching ability. His creativity flourished in the more casual setting of WeWo.
Michael’s presence extended beyond Marble. He championed our partnerships with other churches from Princeton to Perth (Australia) by providing counsel to ministers and congregations. He regularly worked on citywide issues with the Collegiate Church and built relationships with clergy throughout the city and beyond.
Michael was never a fan of administrative matters, but the accomplishments are noteworthy. Shortly after his arrival, we navigated through the economic crisis somehow managing to achieve balanced budgets back then and throughout his tenure. The neighborhood changes forced the nomadic working conditions for our ministers and staff. We have seen associate ministers grow under his mentorship and move on to fabulous assignments as executive directors and new senior ministers.
In these years with Michael, I have come to know a man of deep spiritual conviction and total love for Jesus. We hear this love in his sermons that call us all to be disciples. Conversations about Michael’s beliefs have been my most awesome moments of working side-by-side with him. I will always treasure our relationship.
Thank you Michael Brown.
Stephanie M. Bailey
Chair, Board of Elders & Deacons
Thank You, Dr. Michael B. Brown
Dr. Michael Brown is one of the most Christ-like people I've ever encountered! I love his sermons, especially that his practical, purposeful, positive lessons continue to lift me up throughout the week, and long after. I'll deeply miss him and will always be grateful for the eternal gift he's shared with me: preaching, teaching and caring that have transformed my life and inspired me to stop playing around and actively seek God. Thank you, Dr. Brown!
– D Simmons Jendayi
No goodbyes for us my friend, just hellos to the exciting adventures God has planned for you.
– Sandra Graham
Three years ago I experienced a miracle. I walked into Marble as an agnostic, and I left a believer. I walked in as a non-Christian, and I left baptized as a disciple of Jesus Christ. When I met Michael Brown, I also met Jesus! God, working through Michael’s teaching, inspired me to become a Christian, which has transformed my life into a life with purpose and meaning. That ultimately has led to joy, fulfillment, and peace. Words can’t express the gratitude and thankfulness I have for Michael, and for his profound impact on my life.
– Nick Gilman
From the poem At The Gate of the Year by Minnie-Louise Haskins, “I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown, and he replied, go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a light, and safer than a known way” Michael Brown has shown us week, after week, that God is the way, the truth and the light.
– Gwen Widell
Michael & Page,
Your years with us have been all too brief, but this has not dampened your positive impact upon Marble’s congregation – one that now stretches across the country and around the globe. You brought wisdom, experiences and southern warmth to us that enhanced your messages from the pulpit and helped us grow spiritually in a period of ever challenging times.
Your hospitality allowed for many special, private moments that provided opportunities to know you and your family. We treasure this. We hope your fondness for jazz and fine food, and for people who love you will draw you back to us from time to time.
Meanwhile, go forth with our blessings and fond wishes in your quest to share God’s love and mercy with the world.
- Jerry Link, and many, many more!