Third Baptist Celebrates 33 Years of Rev. Amos Brown’s Leadership

Rev. Amos C. Brown answered the call to the pastorate of Third Baptist Church of San Francisco in June 1976.

Pastor Amos Brown

Pastor Amos Brown

Celebrations for Dr. Brown, include: Sunday, June 7 at 3 p.m., featuring Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) in Chicago; Sunday, June 14 at 10 a.m., featuring Dr. Charles Booth, Pastor of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Columbus, OH; Sunday, June 14, at 1 p.m. (Doors open at 12:30 p.m.), Pastor and Mrs. Brown will be honored at a brunch at the Westbay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore St. Tickets are $40 adults, $15 for children.
On Sunday, June 14 at 6 p.m., Jim Davis. Jr., former Minister of Music at Third Baptist and now, Minister of Music of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York, will be featured in concert of sacred and classical music.
Under Dr. Brown’s leadership, Third Baptist Church has filled the social, academic, and spiritual needs of the underserved in the San Francisco Bay Area through the establishment of a summer school program that was approved by the San Francisco Unified School District, making units transferable; co-founded an after-school enrichment program, “Back on Track,” in partnership with Temple Emanuel Congregation; and the Charles Albert Tindley Academy of Music, an artistic, academic, and cultural enrichment program designed to reclaim the African American Musical heritage.
Through Dr. Brown’s leadership, Third Baptist Church has sponsored more African/Haitian refugees than any local congregation in the nation and sponsored 80 children from Tanzania, who received heart surgery in the U.S.
Pastor Brown led the Bay Area in raising $68,000 for the Somalian Relief Effort in 1984, which led to the founding of the Black American Response to the African Crisis, which raised $300,000 for the Ethiopian Famine and led to an airlift to Ethiopia under the auspices of the National Baptist Convention.
In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, Dr. Brown has served as a member of the governing board of San Francisco Community College, National Chairman of the National Baptist Commission on Civil Rights and Human Services, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Chairman of the Bay Area Ecumenical Pastors Conference, first Vice President of the California State Convention, and a member of the governing board of the National Council of Churches of Christ.
In 1997, Dr. Brown was inducted into the International Hall of Fame at Morehouse College’s International Chapel. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award Chapel and in 2007 the Morehouse College Candle in Religion Award. In 2004, he was the recipient of the A. Philip Randolph Institute’s C. L. Dellums Award for outstanding service to the San Francisco Community.
Third Baptist Church is located at 1399 McAllister St. San Francisco at the corner of Pierce St.