Rev. Dr. Juanita D. M. Brower
Dr. Juanita D. M. Brower currently serves as the Assistant Pastor at the Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church (FNRBC) in Forestville, MD, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Nathaniel B. Thomas, the Senior Pastor there since 1993. As the Assistant Pastor, she serves as the Church’s Administrator, the Minister of Music, the Church Historian, Leader of the Women’s Ministry and as the Chair on the board of The Agape Outreach Ministry.
She comes from a long line of preachers, singers and musicians, and the Lord thought it not robbery to bestow upon her the same gift of preaching, teaching, singing, directing and playing musical instruments. Her Father initiated the Family Singing group, “The Mitchell Gospel Singers” in 1957 and played for them until she began her study of Music under the Late Lucille Banks Robinson Miller. In 1958 she began to play for the family. She continued her studies under the Late Eugene Broadman, and graduated from the Cox Music Conservatory in 1963. She entered UDC (formerly known as Federal City College) in 1972 for two years to further her studies in Music Theory. Upon completion of her courses in music she became involved with the James Cleveland Workshop Choir under the direction of Mrs. Shirley Berkely, a renowned musician and songwriter, and sang with some of the gospel greats on various programs in the persons of (Elder Shirley Ceasar, Richard Smallwood, Tremaine Hawkins, The Late Rev. Donald Veil, Myrna Summers, Kirk Franklin & others).
For many years she was the Music Director and Minister of Music for several churches throughout the Washington, Maryland and Virginia vicinity, to include a couple of churches on the Eastern Shore. She opened her own “J.D. Brower Music Conservatory” in January 1980 and successfully ran the school for 10 years. She trained many musicians, including her sons, who are now gainfully employed as accomplished musicians in several metropolitan area churches today. She has written and recorded some of her own music as well as participated in the live recording (New Image Live in Washington, DC – April 2000).
She was reared with her family in Gethsemane Baptist Church, Washington, D.C. where she directed and played for the G.R. Yancey Ensemble. In 1989 she migrated with her family to the Rising Sun Baptist Church, Washington, DC when her father, the Late Rev. Samuel Mitchell, Jr. was called to the Pastorate of that church. In 1993 The Lord led her and her family to assist the Late Dea. Dorsey and others in establishing a church in order to call Dr. Thomas to shepherd them. On March 26, 1995, she was ordained and was called to be Interim Pastor for the Agape Missionary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., where she served for two years. She then returned back to FNRBC to continue her assignment as the Assistant Pastor.
To prepare her for the preaching ministry she was educated in several local seminaries and Christian colleges to name a few…the Washington Baptist Seminary, Maple Springs Baptist Bible College & Seminary, and the Washington Bible College. She earned her B.A in Biblical Studies, Masters of Theology & Doctoral degree of Divinity at Calvary Christian College and Seminary by March 2005. She has instructed and preached as facilitator in Women’s Retreats and Workshops, Youth, Music and Marriage seminars.
For many years she has been actively involved in “Community Outreach” being a part of the EVOL Prison Ministry, the Youth, Homeless and Nursing Care Ministry. She formerly served as the Executive Director of the Forestville Agape Outreach Ministries, another ministry of the Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church.
She has been retired from the Federal Government since 1992. She served with GAO as a Management Analyst & Program Manager for the Records Management Division, a Physical Security Specialist for the Security Office, and as an Administrative Assistant to the various other offices under the leadership of the Comptroller General. She has also served in DHEW and HUD in her Federal career.
As the Minister of Music, she currently organizes and coordinates the Pastor’s Worship Services internally and externally, oversees the current musicians, Sound Ministry and the Dance Ministry.
When asked about her goals in life, she simply says, “I just want to make a difference in someone else’s life by not looking down on any man, without picking them up, and I’m seeking the lost at any cost.”
She was married to the Late Dea. Alvin L. Brower, III for 37 years, the mother of 2 grown sons, Alphonso Vondell and Alvin Lenny and the proud grandmother of eleven beautiful grandchildren.