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Traveling with God

Seminarian's path to ministry started in Liberia

Ask McFred Brown about his path to Christianity and he will tell you that the "grace of God" touched him when he was 11 years old and living in his homeland of Liberia — thanks to a woman he didn't know.

The woman, who was well-respected in the community, called him to her porch and, seemingly out of the blue, asked Brown if he could sing. She told him he would be joining a church choir, and she followed up with a visit to his home to make sure it happened.

McFred Brown's path to ministry started
McFred Brown's path to ministry started in Liberia and moved to the U.S., where he attends the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.).

Brown wasn't happy — at first. But he had no idea then that this single conversation would take him to congregations throughout Africa and to the U.S., where he would wind up as a student at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.).

Brown was honored in October with an ELCA Fund for Leaders scholarship that provides him full tuition for the 2011-12 school year.


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