Gwendolyn A. E. H. Brown Felder, Ph. D.
Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Annette English Hill Brown Felder was born for such as time as this. She lives with as purpose to change the world making a difference and a difference and lives a life of obedience to God as her highest praise. A third generation preacher with a 22nd century approach, she is redefining ministry to those in need and revitalizing the “church” as a movement and not an institution.
As newly appointed Senior Servant Pastor of Brooks Memorial United Methodist July 2016, Dr. Hill Brown Felder, has established the Brooks Dance Ministry, begun renovations of pulpit area with mural addition, the “Doug and Marcee Time with TYC (teens youth children), reestablished TYC Sunday School, outreach to Crestview Nursing home along with the surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, she has visionary plans for developing the land surrounding the church, coordinating Tuesday Tutoring partnering with Vanderbilt University, Saturday Midday Movie Time. Since 2007 Brown-Felder has provided leadership to Ernest Newman Community Development as executive director and Ernest Newman United Methodist Church as pastor. In ministry with the poor has always been a priority for “Pastor G.” Hot meals and family fellowship for homeless men from the Room In The Inn, Wednesday’s hot meals for the women and children of Renewal House Shelter and ENE3RGY After School program for at-risk youth and children all thrive under her current position.
She is an ordained Elder of the Tennessee Conference United Methodist Church and the lead servant pastor of Ernest Newman United Methodist Church of Nashville, Tennessee; former pastor of Emery United Methodist Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is the Founder/Executive Director of TLM (Truth Love Ministry) Consulting, LLC and S.I.S –Sisters In Service Women’s Conference. With compassion, education, coaching and development strategies, these ministries endeavor to identify and develop young women and men for leadership in the global society –“Reshaping Lives and Changing Images.” She partners in the fight for justice and social action with Jobs for Justice Interfaith Workers, Vanderbilt Student Movement for Living Wage, Links INC, Music City Chapter, NAACP, NCNW Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
She served as Dean of Chapel of Fisk University and United Methodist Campus Minister of the Wesley Foundation Student Fellowship at Fisk University, 2007-2010. She is also a consultant with AT&T. Pastor Brown-Felder is the author of – Bible Study Based on African American Spirituals “Don’t Let This Harvest Pass” and On Ma Journey Now” (Abingdon Press). She is Board chair of Leaders Recognizing Leaders, LRL and MIT/DID Trainer, Southern Region Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
As a graduate of Albany State University, Albany Georgia (BA 1982); Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee (M.Div. 2003); Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee (Executive Mini MBA 2012); Emanuel Theological Seminary, Miami Florida (Ph. D. May 2013). Gwen has been involved in developing and implementing holistic, Justice-focused, Holy Spirit-led, Christ-centered, Bible-based, and Truth-love approaches to congregational and community service outreach to those suffering poverty of the head, heart, and hand.
Dr. Brown-Felder travels to serve throughout the world in ministry to the global society. She has traveled to Rome, Italy representing Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia at the World Minister’s Council 1998; Pretoria-Johannesburg-Cape Town South Africa-Ghana with the Boston Theological Institute researching the Church of Africa after Apartied 1999; London and Oxford University, England as part of a Wesleyan Study Group from Vanderbilt University 2003; mission trips and conferences to: Jamaica; Israel, Jerusalem (Holy Land); South Africa-Pretoria, Soweto and Johannesburg; Ghana; Baja Mexico; Lucknow and Delhi India; Hortense Canady International Women’s Conference, San Juan Puerto Rico; and leisurely to Paris, Milan, Spain, Germany, Feje Island, & Australia. She has a son, Dathon, has a daughter, Daisha one granddaughter, Logan Danielle; all resides in the Atlanta Georgia.