Our Leadership

Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness - 1 Peter 5:2


Pastor Earl M. Brown

Dr. Earl M. Brown is a native of Williamston, NC. He is the son of the late Dr. George and Christine Brown. He is married to the former Carrie Hill of Blounts Creek, NC and the father of one son, The Reverend Ricardo L. Brown, Co-Pastor of Fifth Baptist Church, who is married to the former Cynthia Wyatt of Columbus, OH.
Pastor Earl Brown was educated at E. J. Hayes High School in Winston, NC; attended ECSU in Elizabeth City, NC; Shaw Divinity in Raleigh, NC; Greensboro Bible School in Greensboro, NC.

Dr. Brown received 3 honorary doctorates...
Dr. of Divinity
Virginia Union Univ. - School of Theology
Dr. of Divinity
Richmond Virginia Seminary
Dr. of Pastoral Leadership
Virginia Univ. of Lynchburg
Dr. Brown pastored several churches...
Corinth Baptist Church, Jarvisburg, NC
Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Lewiston, NC
First Baptist Church, Reidsville, NC
From 1978 to present Fifth Baptist Church, Richmond, VA

Dr. Brown served as...
The former president of the Baptist General Convention of VA
A member of the NAACP
A member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention
A member of the Lott Carey Convention
A member of American Baptist Churches, USA
A member of the Richmond Committee Ecumenical Clergy
A member of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Richmond & Vicinity
A member of the Board of Trustees for Elizabeth City State University until 2009. He currently serves as an honorary

Pastor Ricardo L. Brown

Dr. Ricardo L. Brown was born on June 9, 1970 in Ahoskie, N.C. He is the only child of Dr. Earl M. Brown & Mrs. Carrie H. Brown. Dr. Brown is a third generation Baptist preacher.
He received the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and the Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA. In May of 2006, Reverend Brown earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Virginia University of Lynchburg (formerly Virginia Seminary and College) in Lynchburg, VA.
He has served as Pastor of several churches including First Nottoway Baptist Church in Crewe, VA. and Eskridge Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Shelby, N.C. For the past five years, he has served as co-Pastor of the Fifth Baptist Church in Richmond, VA.
In addition to his pastoral duties, he serves as Executive Director of Living The Dream, Inc.  Living the Dream, Inc. coordinates the Martin Luther King, Jr. activities for the City of Richmond.
He is married to Cynthia Lynn who is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.  Doctor and Mrs. Brown are the proud parents of three year old Kimberly Brown.