MEET OUR PASTORS - SERVANTS FOR THE KING
Serving in Humility
Pastors Jeff and Rhovonda Brown are Houstonians who have been married for twenty-five years. They are proud parents of a daughter, Kourtney, and a son, Kaleb. God has recently promoted them to grandparents. Jeff and Rhovonda are doting on their first grandchild, Karter Damane.
This dynamic duo are preachers and teachers of the Word of God who have labored many years in various ministries for the Lord, humbly serving Him passionately. God has appointing them over The Sanctuary, which has reached her fourth year of service. This journey has been exciting and humbling at the same time, but Pastor Jeffrey and Rhovonda are constantly trusting God while being obedient to His will.
Their assignment is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, inspiring others to serve God passionately and unselfishly, in meekness and in love. Jeffrey and Rhovonda inspire those around them to reach their full potential in God and to see what God sees in them: Greatness! Their messages speak of God’s indescribable love and His amazing forgiveness.
WE LOVE OUR YOUTH
Pastors Jeffrey and Rhovonda are passionate about the Youth. They having ministered to the Youth for more than twenty years. Their desire is that children will grow up healthy, spiritually and physically, with high self-esteem knowing that in God's eyes they're His masterpiece. As a team, they develop, create, plan, and organize curriculums, activities, fundraisers, skits/plays, and events for Children Ministries to ignite an excitement and love for God in today's Youth. To get updates and invites about our youth outreach programs, as well as other events, click on the button below to join our mailing list.
Jeffrey Brown, Founder/President and Pastor
Pastor Jeff accepted the Lord's call as a minister and was licensed to preach in 1997. He was ordained in 2000 by Rev. Felton Joseph of Blue Run Baptist Church in West Columbia, Texas where he and Rhovonda were active members, being heavily involved in the Youth and Young Adult ministry. While at Blue Run, Pastor Jeff was elevated to Youth Pastor and associate minister.
In 2003, Pastor Jeff and his family relocated to Houston, Texas and united with Family of Faith Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas, where Dr. B. Patrick Glenn and Pastor Jeanie Glenn are the Pastors. While under the leadership of Dr. Glenn, Pastor Jeff received his Bachelor Degree of Theology in Religious Education from Gospel Ministry Outreach Theological Institute. He returned the following year to obtain his Master's Degree in Theology. Pastor Jeff and Rhovonda were Youth Pastors, associate ministers, Elders of Family of Faith Fellowship Church, and ministered faithfully under Dr. Glenn and Pastor Jeanie Glenn until the Lord placed him and his family on a new journey to pastor a new church.
Through the direction of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Jeff and Pastor Rhovonda began The Sanctuary Christian Fellowship Church. With simplicity, Pastor Jeff brings the Word of God to life, making it relevant to anyone's situation. He is an anointed, powerful preacher, teacher and singer who enjoys lifting up the name of the Lord and uplifting the body of Christ. Pastor Jeff faithfully shows Jesus' love to everyone he meets and he reminds them just how special they are in God's eyes.
Pastor Jeff's favorite scripture is Isaiah 65:24, "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear" (KJV).
Rhovonda Brown, Co-Founder/Vice President and Co-Pastor
Rhovonda L. Brown has a heart for God and a heart for the hurting. She has been called to serve God in multiple roles. Rhovonda is a wife, mother, teacher and student of the Word of God. She is the author of two Bestsellers, Walking in Freedom! A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and No. 1 Bestseller At Least Say, "Thank You!" An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart Rhovonda launched her third book project, Tuesday Morning Prayers, which focuses on prayer and will be release in the upcoming months.
Rhovonda is an inspirational speaker and preacher passionate about inspiring women and children to walk in freedom with Jesus Christ. She is the founder of Martha & Mary Ministries, Walking in Freedom! ™ (M3), our women’s devotional ministry, dedicated to encouraging, empowering, and promoting self-worth and enrichment. As the executive director, Rhovonda creates, plans, and implements educational and spiritual programs and activities to inspire women and children to reach their full potential in God, and to see what God sees in them, greatness.
Rhovonda is the creator of the Walking in Freedom! Workshop which brings women together from all walks of life to be inspired, equipped, and empowered in their Christian journey. Biblical truths and practical applications are given, testimonies are shared to inspire, and women are motivated to impact lives around them.
Rhovonda's newest project is The Pillar of Hope, Inc., a nonprofit organization that is committed to serving the community and impacting families. The Pillar of Hope currently provides resources to educate, inspire, empower, and motivate others to be proactive about their health (mind, body, and spirit). Plans are underway to begin having support groups, life skill training, and health and wellness and nutrition classes and services.
Together, Rhovonda and her husband, Jeff share the Gospel encouraging others to have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and create curriculums and activities for youth and adult ministries. Rhovonda and Jeff have been ministering to youth for nearly thirty years. Their desire is that all children will grow up healthy with high self-esteem, knowing how loved and special they are, and will know they are unique treasures from the Lord.
Rhovonda has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and is pursuing a Masters in Education - Curriculum & Instruction with Initial Certification. On this journey called Life, Rhovonda finds joy and encouragement in inspiring others to walk in freedom with the Savior.
READY TO EMBRACE YOUR FREEDOM?
Join Rhovonda on this freedom journey. Rhovonda speaks at church events, retreat, conferences, seminars, workshops, youth events, etc. She would be honored to be a part of your next event or Biblestudy group. Are you ready to ignite your passion for Christ? Complete the Request Author Form below to invite Rhovonda to speak at, participate in or host your next gathering.
Associate Pastor/Board of Director
Minister Mireya Marlene Carthen was born in El Paso Texas and raised in Juarez Mexico. She is currently in her ninth year of ministry. Marlene has three Children, Xavier, Denzel and Talia.