Delta Soror Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning, recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who
Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning, Co-Pastor for Ebenezer A.M.E. Church and Author, has been recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership and excellence in religious services.
Reverend Dr. Jo Ann Browning accepted the call to preach in 1982 at Hemmingway Memorial A.M.E. Church in Chapel Oaks, Maryland. For nine months in 1983, she served on the ministerial staff at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When her husband was appointed to pastor Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in 1983, the church had 17 members and a $12,000 budget. Rev. Jo Ann immediately began assisting her husband and was hired as an assistant minister in 1985. From 1986 to 1991, she served as assistant pastor and then co-pastor since 1998. In 1998, Bishop Vinton R. Anderson (retired), presiding prelate of the Second Episcopal District, appointed Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning as co-pastor of the Ebenezer A.M.E. Church. This unprecedented appointment officially recognized the Brownings as a pastoral team in the A.M.E. church. In 2005 through 2009, the present Bishop, Presiding Prelate Adam J. Richardson continued this unique appointment. Currently, Ebenezer’s membership exceeds 10,000 with more than 100 ministries and a budget of $10 million.
In addition to her responsibilities at Ebenezer, Rev. Browning has had the opportunity to preach, teach and facilitate workshops throughout the United States, Haiti, Bermuda, Barbados, Germany, Israel and South Africa. In July of 2002, she was inducted into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as an honorary member. In November of 2006, she received an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the African Methodist Episcopal University in Monrovia, Liberia.
Rev. Browning has organized and convened women’s spiritual retreats, attracting thousands of women from across the nation and other countries. June 2009 will mark Ebenezer’s 25th Annual Women’s Spiritual Retreat.
In 2006, she founded Journey of Faith, LLC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of women. She also released her first book, “Our Savior, Our Sisters, Ourselves: Biblical Teachings & Reflections on Women’s Relationships.” The book provides teachings that explore the realities of being a black woman, wife, mother and minister. It is designed to empower and bless women as they continue on their journeys of faith.
In June 2009, she released her second book, “Faithful, Focused & Fearless: Lessons to Fortify Your Future.” Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning is grateful for the opportunity to share these teachings that she received from the Lord with all women of God, regardless of race.
In all that has been said and done, she continuously gives God all the praise, honor and glory for the opportunity to be a humble servant of her God.
The Reverend Dr. Jo Ann Browning is married to the Reverend Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr., who is the Senior Pastor. She is the very proud mother of two children, Grainger III, a 2008 graduate of Morehouse College, and Candace, a 2008 graduate of Hampton University. She also has two grandchildren, Kaylah Jo Ann Browning and Grainger Browning IV.
Rev. Dr. Browning graduated from Boston University in 1976 with a bachelor of science in communications. She received a master of divinity in 1986 and a doctorate of ministry from the Howard University School of Divinity in 1991. She was a recipient of the Benjamin E. Mays Fellowship and the Pew Fellowship.
For more information on Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, visit http://www.ebenerame.org.