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Rev. Iris Johnson Brown

     Reverend Iris Johnson Brown, a native of Mt. Pleasant, SC, is the youngest child born to the late, Rev. Dr. Louis O. Johnson and Mrs. Ida Mae Johnson.  She currently resides in Charleston, SC with her husband of 35 years, Rev. Marion A. Brown, an Itinerant Deacon, who co-labors with her in the work of ministry. They have 4 beautiful children and 5 precious grandchildren.

       On December 8, 1998, Rev. Brown rendered her initial sermon, “The Integrity of God’s Word,” and in 1999 was admitted to the Palmetto Annual Conference.  She was ordained Itinerant Deacon by Bishop Henry Belin, August 31, 2002.   She served as associate minister in her home church, Friendship AME Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC.  She continues to use her music ministry gifts that God began in her since childhood.

     In 2014, Rev. Brown retired from a 30-year career as a Music Educator.  Bishop Richard F. Norris, Sr. gave her a first pastoral appointment, November 16, 2014.  She served in the Mt. Pleasant District of the Palmetto Annual Conference, at Ebenezer Mt. Zion AME Church for 51/2 years.  During the 2020 Palmetto Annual Conference, Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr. recommended Rev. Brown for Itinerant Elder’s ordination.  She was transferred to the Edisto District of the South Carolina Annual Conference on September 30, 2020, and became the first female pastor assigned to St. Paul AME Church, Hollywood, SC. She currently hosts an online, outreach ministry called, "Fragrant Worship". 

     Rev. Brown is a 1978 graduate of Wando High School.  She earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Winthrop University, 1982, and achieved Masters’ Specialization in Creative Arts from Lesley University, 2002.  In May 2020, she earned a Master of Divinity degree from Dickerson-Green Theological Seminary.  She was ordained an Itinerant Elder by Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr., Apriil 3, 2021 during an ordination serice held at Allen University.

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