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Pastor Mary Brown was privileged to be born and raised in a Methodist home, in rural Alcona County, on the east side of the state of Michigan. I graduated from Alcona High School in 1971 and began school at Alpena Community College that fall. My high school sweet heart, Carl Brown, was discharged from the US Army in August of 1971 and we were married in October of the following year. After the birth of our son, Aaron, and our daughter, Marcie, I continued my education, eventually completing my undergrad through Saginaw Valley State University, (Wurtsmith Air Force Base Campus) the winter of 1990. (Yes, that adds up to 19 1/2 years to receive my undergrad!)
During those years I worked as a cook in a golf and country club, drove school bus for over 12 years, functioned as a church secretary and custodian, lay-leader, youth group leader, Sunday School teacher, cared for a dementia patient, and was a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, etc.
The spring of 1991 found our family packing up and moving to Wilmore, KY (Asbury Theological Seminary). This was a very challenging move. Our son, Aaron was a senior in high school and remained in Alcona County with my folks to graduate from Alcona High School. Our daughter, Marcie, made the move with us. She was a freshman in high school and we thought this would be a good time for the move. It was not what we had thought and we all were faced with many challenges. Carl had a difficult time securing employment in Kentucky, Marcie had a difficult time adjusting to a new culture, new students, new expectations. I had challenges trying to fulfill my duties of wife, mother, and student. We missed our family and support system in Michigan.
Carl eventually secured employment and I began working thirty hours a week for Asbury Theological Seminary as the Paint Crew Chief.
Praise God for His Faithfulness! I graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree in 1995.