Cadillac - Rev. Malcolm Reed Brown, of Cadillac, formerly of the Flint area and Pennsylvania went on to be with the Lord on Sunday morning, March 17, 2019, while at home with family by his side. He was 88.
Malcolm was born on June 15, 1930, in Portland, Maine to Ralph and Ruth (Norton) Brown. He grew up in South Portland, Maine and graduated from South Portland High School with honors. He participated in band as a drum major, glee club, and the debate team. He went on to further his education and passion for Christ, attending Bob Jones University and graduated from Providence Bible College, Providence, RI. Later he continued at Berean Christian College and Berean Seminary graduating with a Master's in counseling and becoming an American Baptist Ordained Pastor from the United Convention of Maine.
His amazing career serving others spanned generations, influenced many and was the seed to many churches being planted. Some of the many roles he fulfilled included, a Youth for Christ Director for clubs in Portland and Lewiston, Maine, hosting a radio program called "Melody Time", being a service representation for the Salvation Army, and even an interim principal for Flushing Christian School. It was while living in East Limington, ME, he met his wonderful wife, Barbara, entering into marriage on August 31, 1957.
He shared the Gospel while being pastor at First Baptist Church in Pitcairn, PA, First Baptist Church in Brookings, PA, Boon Baptist Church, Boon, MI, First Baptist Church, Washington, PA, Third Ave Baptist Church (Christ Community Church), Flint, MI, and completed his ministry as pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Lake, MI. Following his first retirement, he started a new plant program with Southern Baptist Rediscover to serve those who would work on Sunday mornings. For more than five years, Malcolm, and was a member of the PBA Board of Directors. He also had some major accomplishments and success holding drive-in Sunday evening services, establishing a community outreach center and a teen outreach program; for which he was given the "Do The Right Thing" Award.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; a son, Paul; his grandson, Samuel Nordman; and son-in-law Daniel Nordman.
Pastor Malcolm is survived by his children, Ruth Nordman, Ralph (Darcy) Brown, and David Brown; grandchildren, Andrew (Liz), Paul (Lisa), Owen, Alec, Matthew, Bethany, Mason, Lilly, Nico, Jordan, Desiree, and Benjamin; a special niece, Sheila Hubbard; foster daughter, Betty Cunningham; as well as many other loving family members and friends.
Memorial services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Cadillac on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm, with visitation one hour prior. Officiating will be Rev. Mike Stambaugh. He will be laid to rest alongside his family at Bayview Cemetery in South Portland, Maine, on July 12th 2019.
Memorial contributions may be directed to A Heart for Korah, PO Box 7219 Fishers, IN 46038, a ministry that exists to help those who live in deep poverty in the community of Korah in Ethiopia.
The family is being served by the Hitesman-Holdship Funeral Home.