Church of Christ Pastor Joseph H. Brown dies at age 85
Jeremy M. Lazarus | 8/18/2022, 6 p.m.
One of Richmond’s longest serving ministers, Pastor Joseph Hugh Brown, has died.
Pastor Brown, who served the Church of Christ for more than 50 years, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. He was 85.
Family, friends and members of his church paid final tributes on Saturday, Aug. 13, in the sanctuary, 3201 Sandy Lane in Eastern Henrico County.
The son of a minister, Pastor Brown grew up in Rochester, N.Y.
He gained experience by serving seven years as an assistant minister under the tutelage of his father, Pastor E.D. Brown, at Northside Church of Christ in Rochester.
In 1969, Pastor Brown was called to the pulpit of the Richmond church then located on Chimborazo Boulevard in Church Hill. He remained the lead evangelist until he stepped down in April 2020.
During his tenure, he twice relocated the congregation, first to Dill Avenue in North Side and then to the current location.
Pastor Brown was a frequent guest preacher at revivals and workshops throughout the country, according to the church, and regularly spoke at regional and national gatherings of the denomination.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Brown; three sons, Hugh Joseph Brown, Loren Brown and Virgil Brown; five sisters, Beverly B. Daniels, Jonie B. Davis, Dolores B. Frazer, Yvonne B. Maxon and Martha B. Williams; and two brothers, Charles Brown and Gerod Brown.