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

Dr. Earl M. Brown, Pastor

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, Elizabeth City, NC; Shaw Divinity, Raleigh, NC; Greensboro Bible School, Greensboro, NC.

Dr. Brown received 3 honorary doctorates, including: Doctor of Divinity, Virginia Union Univ. School of Theology; Doctor of Divinity, Richmond Virginia Seminary; Doctor 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; Fifth Baptist Church, Richmond, VA from 1978 to present.

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

Dr. Ricardo L. Brown, Pastor

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. Since 2005, 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. He coordinates many of 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, and the University of VA. Doctor and Mrs. Brown are the proud parents of Kimberly Lauren and Lauryn Makayla Brown.