Patrick Devon Brown was appointed to St. Mark in 2013. He is the oldest of four children born to Yvonne and Lee P. Brown. Born in Fresno, California, Pastor Brown was raised in Portland, Oregon where he attained most of his primary education.
Pastor Brown attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he graduated with honors in the year 1982. While attending Morehouse he gave his life to Jesus and soon afterwards began to sense his call to ministry
Reverend Brown was ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church during its Bi-Centennial celebration of 1987 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He went on to receive a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary of Evanston, Illinois. While a student there, he served as President for Garrett-Evangelical Black Seminarians. He also served as Director of the National Conference of Black Seminarians. Devon graduated from Garrett-Evangelical in 1989 as the first Archibald Carey Scholar.
In that same year, the Rev. Brown was appointed Associate Pastor to Our Saviour United Methodist Church of Schaumburg, Illinois. While there, he was presented the Denman award for Evangelism by the Northern Illinois Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. This recognition was granted because of his shared role in the growth of the Our Saviour congregation.
In 1992, Rev. Brown was appointed as Associate Pastor to St. Mark United Methodist Church. During that period, he also became Chairperson for the Annual Conference Commission on Religion and Race. This committee is responsible for monitoring local and conference wide efforts to promote racial inclusiveness in ministry.
In 1995, Rev. Brown itinerated to Faith United Methodist Church in Chicago, Illinois. During his tenure there, Faith experienced significant growth in attendance and ministry. It also completed a much-needed building renovation program that retooled the church for vital ministry in an urban environment.
Pastor Brown remains active in the Chicago Southside community having served as President for the Alliance of Congregations Transforming the Southside, and the Southeast Englewood Good Neighbors Organization. He also maintains membership in a variety of other community and political organizations including his role as chairperson for the Sixth Ward Clergy Advisory Council.
Rev. Brown served two tenures as President of Chicago Black Methodists for Church Renewal, which is the black caucus in the Northern Illinois Annual Conference. He currently serves as chairperson for the Black United Methodist Pastors of the Northern Illinois Conference, as well as work area chairperson for Witness and Advocacy in the Annual Conference.
Rev. Brown is married to the former Sharon Ards. They have two college age children, Lee Patrick II and Avery Rose.
Rev. Dwight A. Stewart
Pastor Stewart felt a call to ministry at an early age and was nurtured in this call as a member of Washington Heights United Methodist Church. He received additional guidance and support through the Ministerial Recruitment Program (The Pembroke Institute) of Chicago Black Methodists for Church Renewal.
Pastor Stewart is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Pastor Stewart received a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.
Ordained as an Elder in 1980, Pastor Stewart has served in a variety of local church settings on the Chicago Southern and Chicago Northwestern Districts. From 2004 – 2012, Pastor Stewart served as the Patient Advocate / Chaplain in the Emergency Room at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois. Currently he serves as pastor of Disciples United Methodist Church of Mount Morris, Illinois.
Pastor Stewart is passionate about ministry within the local church context. He has a love for persons of all ages and desires to work within the congregation to develop effective ways to create new disciples for Jesus Christ. Vital to this work are ministry areas such as evangelism and discipleship, Christian education, preaching and worship, pastoral care, and developing lay leadership who will engage the community and beyond in ministry.
Pastor Stewart is a member of Black United Methodist Pastors and Chicago Black Methodists for Church Renewal. He also serves on the board of Loaves and Fish Food Pantry of Mt. Morris, Illinois.
Additional interests include walking, reading, sports and the arts.
Pastor Stewart is married to Rev. Barbara Good and is the proud father to adult sons, Brandon and Bradford Stewart.
Rev. William Andrews, Seminarian
Will Andrews began his faith journey as a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Dinwiddie, Virginia. After earning a degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the College of William and Mary in 2000, he spent two years in ministry on US-Mexico border: first with the Oklahoma Conference UMC and later as a missionary with the UMC General Board of Global Ministry.
Rev. Andrews earned the degrees of MDiv (2006) and ThM (2008) at Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education (recently renamed Union Presbyterian Seminary) in Richmond, Virginia. During that time he served as pastor of Sherbourne UMC in Richmond, where he met his wife Kristin, and as an Adjunct Instructor in Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Will’s greatest experiences in ministry have been teaching in prisons in California, Virginia, and Illinois. Rev. Andrews moved to Chicago with Kristin in order to pursue a PhD in the “Bible, Culture, and Hermeneutics” at Chicago Theological Seminary, where his research focuses on reading the Bible with prisoners. His hope is to serve the church through teaching, writing, and prison ministry.
Will is grateful for the love and support he, Kristin and their son Josiah have received as members of St. Mark.
Bishop Sally Dyck, Northern Illinois Conference, United Methodist Church
Rev. Jacques Conway, District Superintendent, Chicago Southern District (NIC)
Rev. Atty. Francine Taylor-Thirus, Retired United Methodist Church Pastor