Pastor and First Servant
Hoffman Fisher Brown, III, is Pastor and First Servant of Wayland Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He has served this congregation for more than 20 years. The eldest of two brothers, (one deceased) and two sisters, Rev. Brown was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but nurtured to maturity in the city of Baltimore.
Graduating from Baltimore City College in 1973, he completed his undergraduate work at the Washington and Lee University in 1977 as the first Black graduate with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies. Receiving early admission to the Union Theological Seminary, Rev. Brown entered a dual-degree program and received his Master’s Degree and Doctorate of Ministry Degree in 1981.
His Pastoral assignments include: The Mount Zion Baptist Church of Staunton, Virginia (1981-1985); The Main Street Baptist Church of Smithfield, Virginia (1985-1991); and his present charge, the Wayland Baptist Church of Baltimore, Maryland.
Invested in the work of the Kingdom, Rev. Brown is affiliated with the United Baptist Missionary Convention of Maryland, Inc., the Baptist Ministers Conference, BRIDGE of Maryland, Innovative Housing Institute, Project Garrison and Covenant for Common Order.
Equipping the Saints through the power of the preached Word, Wayland’s fifth pastor is forging ahead with a Twenty-Year Plan for growth and development within the city of Baltimore, targeting the Northwest corridor as Jerusalem.
Rev. Brown has been married to First Lady JacQuelyn Brown for more than 22 years and together they have one son and two granddaughters.