Reverend Marc Brown has served as a pastor of small, midsize, and large churches. In addition, he has served as the district superintendent for the Richmond District of the Virginia Conference as well as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Virginia Conference. Marc describes his appointment to serve as pastor of Fort Hill as “a blessing from God.”

He is a graduate of Radford College and Wesley Theological Seminary.

What does Marc enjoy doing in his personal time?

  • Enjoying family (he is always happy to show you pictures of his grandchildren)
  • Golf (primarily for the walking and exercise)
  • Writing (he has co-authored four books on strategic planning and Christian transformational leadership)
  • Travel (always fun to travel with his wife, Beverly, to new places)

A Message from Reverend Brown

What a privilege it is to be appointed as pastor of Fort Hill, a congregation that has been a faithful beacon of hope in Jesus Christ since 1899. During the years, people in this community of faith have been the body of Christ as they rejoiced with those who rejoice and wept with those who weep. At the altar of Fort Hill, the sacredness of life has been experienced as lives have been joined, renewed in the water of baptism, confirmed in the faith of Jesus Christ, sustained in Holy Communion, and remembered in the great cloud of witnesses.

What a privilege it is to be appointed as pastor of Fort Hill, a congregation that is a faithful beacon of hope in Jesus Christ in 2019. During this year, you have been the body of Christ as you have lived the vows of discipleship to serve as Christ’s representatives in the world. You have been the body of Christ in expressing your gratitude to Ron and Roberta for the ways they blessed your congregation. You have been the body of Christ as you expressed your gratitude to Janet for the blessings of her ministry of music and congregational care. You are the body of Christ as you welcome Beverly and me to your church family. You will be the body of Christ as you welcome Jacob Dishman in August to be the new Director of Music for your church.

What a privilege it is to be appointed as pastor of Fort Hill, a congregation that will be a faithful beacon of hope in Jesus Christ in the years that are ahead. In the journey that is before us, we will be greeted by the risen Christ who waits to welcome us in the dawning of a new day of ministry. We will encounter challenges that are facing the Church universal and questions that are facing people in the uncertainty of life through faith in the certainty of God’s steadfast love.

As your pastor, I promise to travel the journey of Christian faith by your side as a fellow follower of Jesus Christ. I do not profess to know the answers to all the questions that are with us, but I do profess faith in the risen Jesus Christ who has promised to be with us always. I do not profess to know all the right questions to ask, but I do profess faith in God who will help us to ask the right questions together as we live in God’s grace as a community of faith.

As your pastor, I invite us to join together in two ways as a community of faith in the time that is ahead. First, I invite us to pray daily and listen together for the ways God is calling us into fresh expressions of ministry. Secondly, I invite us to worship together weekly as we grow together as a community of disciples who witness to the holy touch of God’s presence in the Fort Hill community.

I look forward to the ways we will bless God through our life together. What a privilege it is to be appointed as pastor of Fort Hill!

Pastor Marc Brown