Rev. George S. Brown, was a free African American, born in 1801, in Newport, Rhode Island. He moved at a young age to Connecticut and by the early 1830's he found himself in the Kingsbury, N. Y. area, where he was subsequently converted, first becoming a Baptist and then a Methodist Episcopal, which he remained until his death in 1886 in Glens Falls, NY.
He felt a call to preach and was eventually granted, first, licenses to exhort, then a license to preach in 1833, becoming the first African American pastor in the former Troy Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He then began to experience a call to go to Liberia as a missionary and he served there from late 1836-1843, when he returned to the United States. The basic words of… Go to person page >