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Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning Celebrated for Dedication to the Field of Ministry

Dr. Browning channels more than 35 years of expertise into her role with the Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church

    FORT WASHINGTON, MD, January 19, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

A pastor, wife, mother, teacher and author, Dr. Browning serves as co-pastor at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, MD. From 1986-1990, she was assistant pastor and started serving as co-pastor in 1991. In 1998, the unprecedented appointment of Dr. Browning to serve as co-pastor of Ebenezer AME was made and that historic appointment continues today. For more than 35 years, she preached sermons, conducted Bible studies, convened women's conferences and helped transform her community through various positions in the church, including minister, assistant pastor and co-pastor. Alongside her work with the church, she has preached, taught and facilitated workshops throughout the United States, Haiti, Bermuda, Barbados, Germany and South Africa. Additionally, she traveled to Israel as part of an interreligious delegation for a theological and educational tour with AJC, which is dedicated to Jewish advocacy around the world.

Prior to joining the Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church, Dr. Browning worked as a member of the ministerial staff at Hemingway Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church and St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church. Earlier in her career, she gained valuable expertise in education, serving as a graduate admissions counselor with Howard University and assistant director of minority affairs with the College of Engineering at Northeastern University. During this time, she felt called to ministry, which changed the course of her life. Although her ministry career has been filled with highlights, she is especially proud of being a good wife, mother and grandmother.

Before embarking on her professional journey, Dr. Browning earned a Bachelor of Science in communications from Boston University. Over the years, she furthered her education with a MS in divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from Howard University in 1986 and 1991, respectively, as well as an honorary Doctor of Divinity from African Methodist Episcopal University in Liberia in 2006. Her vast breadth of expertise has allowed her to write numerous publications throughout her career, including "Our Savior, Our Sisters, Ourselves: Biblical Teachings and Reflections on Women's Relationships" and "Faithful, Focused and Fearless: Lessons to Fortify Your Future."

Alongside her role as co-pastor at Ebenezer, Dr. Browning has furthered her work in ministry as a member of Spelman College's Sister's Chapel Wisdom Center Executive Board, as a board member of Rise Together through Women of Color in Ministry, and as a member of the board of governors and the enrollment committee with the Wesley Theological Seminary. In light of her outstanding work, Dr. Browning was named an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and received the Benjamin E. Mays and Pew Fellowships.

Driven to empower women in ministry, she has also convened 35 annual women's spiritual retreats around the world. Looking ahead, she intends to write another book in which she will chronicle several stories of her life in ministry in the hopes of empowering other women to persevere through their obstacles.

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