83 – March 24 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


He Chose Local Church Evangelism

Fred Brown was born in Birmingham, Alabama, on August 23, 1909, one of nine children.  Those were days when the gospel was preached in all the major denominations in the South.   It was a protracted meeting in an old-fashioned Presbyterian church that Fred, as a seven year old, heard a message on hell, and trusted Christ as his Savior.  Even though he was gifted athletically, he turned down a football scholarship to Birmingham Southern College and followed the Lord’s leading to a new College in Panama City, Florida called Bob Jones College headed up by Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., a great evangelist.  Fred’s classmates also became household names in evangelism, Monroe Parker and Jimmy Johnson.  It was during the great depression but the Lord always provided their school bills.  At one point Fred and Jimmy were placed on trial by the Methodist Church for preaching without an official commission from the Methodist Church and were defended in Court by Bob Jones, Sr.  In 1934 Jimmy and Fred were invited to preach the gospel in Ireland.  Brown would preach the gospel in twenty foreign lands.  While in College, Fred met and married Donella Cochran on Aug. 7, 1938.  They left immediately for a one year honeymoon/evangelistic tour in Ireland.  In the 61 years after his graduation Fred preached in nearly every state across America opting for local church meetings rather than city-wide crusades.   He made his home base at the Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. where he served as board of Trustees and his wife chaired the music Department at the University and coordinated the music program at the church.  Mrs. Brown died on March 24, 1983.  Dr. Brown had several additional years of service before he passed into the presence of the Lord on Sept. 6, 1992.

 

Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp. 172 – 174.

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