Walter W. Brown Jr. was born to the late Walter W. Brown Sr. and Waverly Edwards on October 27, 1964. The Lord called him home on June 7, 2011.
Pastor Brown, a native of Baltimore, graduated from Walbrook Senior High School in 1982. He continued his studies, earning an A.A. degree in business management from the Community College of Baltimore and a B.A. degree in religious studies from Arlington Bible College.
Walter was employed at the Children’s Guild for the past nine years. Concurrently for the past five years, Walter worked as a janitorial supervisor for Steve’s Cleaning Service. Other employment included a sales position for the Hecht Company, and a friendly greeter at Kmart. He excelled in each position because of his education and work ethic.
As a youth, Walter grew up as an integral part of the Whitestone Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Dr. William Howard Thompson. During his spiritual growth there, he was active in the drama guild and served as choir director, Sunday School director and teacher. Although Walter was well acquainted with church, it was not until October 30, 1982, while on a retreat sponsored by the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, that he truly accepted Christ and was saved. One of his favorite scriptures was I Peter 5:6. Walter’s humbleness and willingness to serve God in any capacity was evidenced when he accepted his first church employment as sexton at the Whitestone Baptist Church.
In 1987, Walter heard the Lord calling him to another level of service, knew “he had to go and accepted God’s calling on his life.” On the fourth Sunday in December of that year, Walter preached his initial sermon, which he entitled “I’ve Got to Go.”
Afterwards, Dr. Elmore Warren licensed him to be a minister and three years later in 1990, he was ordained. During the next four years at Whitestone, Rev. Brown served as Minister of Visitation and Outreach. He had a love for people of all ages, but the senior citizens were dearest to his heart; thus, he organized the “Super Sixties.”
In 1994, he became the fifth pastor of the Mt. Hebron Baptist Church where he served for eight years. Under his leadership, eighteen ministers served; of which he licensed and/or ordained thirteen.
Pastor Brown’s favorite hymn was “No, Not One.” Some of the many things he enjoyed outside of ministry were time spent with his boys, singing and directing the choir, cooking, caring for his turtles; watching game shows, sitcom and live comedies.
He leaves to mourn his passing: his beautiful and devoted wife, Denise; his four sons, Devan, David, Jordan and Dreydan; his sister, Paulette Rose; two stepsisters, LaEuncie and Lavern; two stepbrothers, Rowen and Greg; stepmother, Verna Brown; mother-in-law, Virginia Hill; four brothers-in-law, Elvis, Ahmad, Reginald and Darrin; sister-in-law, Celeste; two aunts, Gladys and Mary; an uncle, Edward, all of Cleveland, Ohio; a special niece, Janera; a special life-long friend, Pastor James Butler, goddaughter; Jailynn; and a host of other relatives and friends.