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Nan Marie Brown, Clergywoman. Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1980. Named Distinguished Black Woman, Black Women in Sisterhood for Action, 1982; recipient recognition for community service Interfrat. Council, Charlottesville, 1993, award for excellence Sister Care International, 1995, special achievement and community service award Charlottesville Tribune, 1996.


Brown, Nan Marie was born on January 2, 1931 in Winton, North Carolina, United States. Daughter of Richard and Aberdeen Elizebeth (Clanton) Watford.


Bachelor of Science, District of Columbia Teachers College, 1972. Master of Divinity magna cum laude, Virginia Union University, 1982. Doctor Ministry in Church Administration, Virginia Union University, 1993.

Doctor of Philosophy in Pastoral Leadership (honorary), Virginia University, 2003.


Clerk, secretary, administrator Department Commerce and Atomic Energy Commission, Suitland, Germantown, Maryland, 1960-1965. Program analyst Job Corps, United States Office Economics, Washington, 1965-1967. Licensing assistant United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Bethesda, Maryland, 1967-1972, personnel management analyst, 1972-1974.

Manager national federal women's program United States Department Energy, Germantown, 1974-1976. National director federal women's program United States Department Interior, Washington, 1979. Assistant pastor Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Columbia, Virginia, 1975-1983.

Pastor Mount Level Baptist Church, Dinwiddie, 1983-1987, New Hope Bapt Church, Esmont, 1987-1989. Founder, pastor The Way of Cross Baptist Church, Palmyra, 1989—2003. Vice moderator, moderator Albemarle Baptist Association, 1996-1998.

Moderator Slate River Baptist Association, 1997-1999. Retired, 2003

Board director Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Services Group, 1989-1999, Women's Health, Virginia. Consultant Nan M. Brown Associates, business consultant.

Volunteer consultant, reviewer Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome proposals for funding Virginia Health Department, Richmond, 1979-1989. Founder, director Children's Saturday Enrichment Program, Palmyra, since 1990. General board Baptist General Convention Virginia, social concerns committee, 1990.

Vice moderator Slate River Baptist Association, since 1995. Certified Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome trainer. Adjunct professor, Virginia Union University, Samuel Dewitt School Theology, Evans-Smith Leadership Institute since 1982.

Founder, Chief Executive Officer The Way of the Cross Communications Development Corporation, Inc., since 1998. Committee member Virginia State Health Department, 1995-1997.


  • Ordained to ministry Baptist Church, 1980.


Founder, president Black Women in Sisterhood for Action, Washington, 1979-1982. Volunteer chaplain Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, Virginia, since 1993. Board directors Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Support Group, Charlottesville, 1990.

Active Fluvanna County Minority Health Coalition, since 1993, Fluvanna County Commission on Youth, since 1999. United States delegate to International Women's Year Conference on Women, Mexico City, 1975. Participant First All-Africa Theological Conference/Baptist World Alliance, Zimbabwe.

Selected by Women's International Democratic Federation to represent United States as delegate to World Congress on Women, Moscow, 1987, others. Member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (president Fluvanna County chapter 1979-1981, certified of appreciation 1994), Virginia Women in Ministry (founder, president 1983-1988, chaplain, Founder's award 1986, 90, 95), Hoop Health Desparities Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Work (award 2007), Emeritus The Way of Cross Baptist Church (founder, pastor, award, 2008).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, listening to music, sewing, travel, playing piano.


Married Joseph Linwood Blunt, June 9, 1947 (deceased September 1970). Children: Linette, Joseph Linwood Junior, Alvin. Married Frank Coolige Brown, October 2, 1972.

Stepchildren: Ameedah Ali, Sami Nuridden.

Richard Watford

Aberdeen Elizebeth (Clanton) Watford

Joseph Linwood Blunt

Frank Coolige Brown

Ameedah Ali Brown

Sami Nuridden Brown

Alvin Brown

Linette Brown

Joseph Linwood Junior Brown