OBITUARY

Teresa Martin Brown

September 8, 1948August 19, 2018
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Teresa Martin Brown was born September 8, 1948, and changed her residence to a mansion in Heaven on August 19, 2018. She was born in East Tennessee, grew up in Damascus, Virginia - where she married her childhood sweetheart, Joe Brown - and lived most of her life in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Tennessee State University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Morehead State University, Teresa taught elementary school in several schools in several cities across the southeast United States. She later attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where she pursued a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. She served as a pastor’s wife alongside her husband at many churches, including Friendship Baptist Church (1973-1975) in Glade Springs, Virginia, Cumberland Baptist Church (1975-1980) in Cumberland, Kentucky, the First Baptist Church of Whitesburg (1980-1984) in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Hickory Grove Baptist Church (1984-2011) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Staying true to her ‘above-and-beyond’ approach, Teresa always sought to serve with excellence, whether she was creating a new curriculum for new members or beginning new ministry programs such as the Bible-based children’s worship program, The Big Attic. By nature of her strength, wisdom, and relationship with God, Teresa walked in no other shadow than the Shadow of the Almighty.

Teresa served as Vice-President of Challenge for Living, an international ministry founded in 1993. Through Challenge for Living, she participated in missions in Honduras and Ecuador, and the ‘Dr. Joe & Teresa Brown Community of Hope’ orphanage was constructed in Lucknow, India.

Beginning in 1996, along with Rebecca Martin and Yvonne Clark, Teresa co-founded NarroWay Productions in Fort Mill, SC, where she has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and held leading roles as an outstanding soloist and actress.

Teresa was the founder and director of Mighty Women of God, a ladies’ discipleship ministry dedicated to teaching, discipleship, and encouragement.

Teresa was a nationally-acclaimed conference speaker for many years. She also served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Wives Conference, and the second Vice-President of the North Carolina Baptist Convention.

Teresa has also authored many Bible Studies as well as three books: Country Fried Manna, Looking Back at the Faithfulness of God, and Lord, It’s My Hormones.

Teresa never wanted to be defined by the illness which she battled for 15 years. During that time, she rarely spoke about her fight, but endured several treatments, and never faltered in the fulfillment of her calling and her service to others. Regarding her challenging journey, she said: “I’m not going to let cancer keep me from going full speed ahead for the Kingdom. I want to slide into Heaven with skinned knees.” In her time on earth, Teresa impacted hundreds of thousands of people and was at her home, surrounded by her adoring family when she stepped into eternity.

Teresa was preceded in death by her father, J. Peery Martin, and niece, Kaylee Rabun.

Teresa is survived by her husband, Dr. Joe Brown; her children, Dr. Christa Phipps (Matt), Hope Wooten (Dan), and Dr. Timothy Brown (Jodi); her mother, Vivian Martin; her siblings, Debbie Orr (Allen), Rebecca Martin, and Phillip Martin (Lisa); and the apples of her eye, her grandchildren, Abigayle and Maggie Phipps, Kelsey and Elijah Phelps, Jackson and Chloé Brown.

The family wishes to extend a special appreciation to Lisa Martin and Erin Martin Carty for their compassionate expert medical care.

Thank you for praying, bringing food, sending flowers and cards, singing, and contributing to the causes she loves. There are no words to describe how much she will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to NarroWay Productions, in Fort Mill, South Carolina, in honor of Teresa.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 until 6:30PM on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, in the Worship Center of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 7200 E W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28215, with a Home-going Service to begin at 7:00 PM. All those who loved Teresa and her family are invited to attend and celebrate the life of this woman of God.

A memorial service honoring Teresa’s life and legacy at NarroWay will take place on Sunday, September 9, 3:00 PM at NarroWay Productions, 3327 Hwy 51, Fort Mill, SC 29715.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” (Psalm 116:15)

  • FAMILY

  • Dr. Joe B. Brown, Husband
  • Dr. Christa Phipps, Daughter
  • Matt Phipps, Son-in-law
  • Hope Wooten, Daughter
  • Dan Wooten, Son-in-law
  • Dr. Timothy Brown, Son
  • Jodi Brown, Daughter-in-law
  • J. Peery Martin, Father
  • Vivian Martin, Mother
  • Debbie Orr, Sister
  • Allen Orr, Brother-in-law
  • Rebecca Martin, Sister
  • Phillip Martin, Brother
  • Lisa Martin, Sister-in-law
  • Teresa also leaves behind the apples of her eye, her grandchildren, Abigayle and Maggie Phipps, Kelsey and Elijah Phelps, Jackson and Chloé Brown.
  • DONATIONS

  • NarroWay Productions

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • Homegoing Service Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, September 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Teresa Martin Brown

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Nancy Dobbins

August 30, 2018

Teresa, I wish you could have been there for your beautiful home going service! I hope you were able to see at least part of it, it was so special and lovely but most of all it pointed everyone to Jesus your Savior and the love you had for Him, which is what your entire life was about, and the love for your family and friends. You will be missed so much. Dr. Joe and children, you are all in my prayers during this difficult time. I love you all so much!

Loyd Ramsey

August 27, 2018

Mrs. Brown was making the angel costume I was to wear for the last run of "Wounded Warrior" at Narroway. Of course the last costume had shrunk. Teresa quickly pointed out it didn't shrink...I had expanded... She clicked her tongue at me and looked me dead in the eye and told me, "Loyd, you and Joe have the same problem...you like to eat too many donuts." I couldn't say a word. I was guilty as charged.

I will always miss that wonderful smile, the constant encouragement, and her kind spirit.

Dr. Brown, you and all of your family are constantly in our prayers and also at First Baptist Fort Mill. May God's Comfort always be with all of you.

Donna Turner

August 26, 2018

Dear Rev. Joe Brown and family, My husband and I would like to extend our sympathy to your family during this tough time. I have heard Teresa speak before at women's conference and she was very joyful and you could see God's love in her. My husband David is a pastor at Durham Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte. We have enjoyed hearing Pastor Joe speak as well. I also knew Hope from the YMCA. May God give you all strength and peace now and in the days and weeks ahead. Love in Christ, Rev. David and Donna Turner and family Matthews, NC

Mary Grindstaff

August 23, 2018

Dearest Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. However, just think of what she is experiencing now. Eyes have never seen nor ears have never heard. I know you miss her and that your heart aches for her. This is very hard! Just try to think of where she is now. God will give you the strength to go on. She listened intently when I talked with her. I will never forget when I spoke with her about a prayer request that others were telling me wouldn't happen and I remember her telling me not to let others control my faith. With M
uch Love and Prayers, Mary Grindstaff

Linda Henslee

August 23, 2018

Today I am remembering a woman of substance, a woman whose light always shone to show others the way. She took paths that honored the Lord, supplied needs, offered guidance, a gentle hand, and was the voice that spoke of salvation to many. She was fun and energetic, always smiling. Teresa was a can-do person, always looking to meet the next need of those whom God placed along her journey. She made such an impression on my heart. I always knew I could count on her to pray, to really listen to what was on my heart. I will always remember Teresa, she inspires me to be a better woman, to set the bar higher by sharing the gospel with others. May you be comforted in knowing that her spirit lives on, as you see her good works blossom and cause a ripple effect that goes on and on for years to come. She was a gift to all of us, a treasure chest filled with all the wonderful things she gave back to us as her gift.

Much love!

Bob and Carol Barks

August 22, 2018

Will never forget how she sang "I Bowed Down and Cried Holy, Holy " We requested this in memory of our son Timothy. No one could sing that song like her. When you heard her sing you knew she met every word. I believe she is singing that now before the Holy God she so faithfully served.

Nolan Tomboulian

August 22, 2018

May God give you strength during this time. Teresa was a true woman of Christ with the voice of an angel. Hearing her sing at HGBC and narroway was amazing.

Through her words and actions she was a true ambassador for Christ.

We were blessed to have known her and how the entire BROWN family blessed my children and worship time.

You ran a good race. Job well done Teresa.



Doug and Debra Crawley

August 22, 2018

Debra and I were so blessed to serve at Hickory Grove with Dr. Brown and Teresa. She was a wonderful and exceptionally talented Christian lady with charm and impeccable character. We dearly loved her, as we love the entire family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Tara VanCleave

August 22, 2018

When Teresa was put on this earth. God sent a very special lady to be a blessing to so many people that we couldn't even count them all. She was strong in her faith and love for her Lord and Savior. She had a special presence and you could just feel God when you were in her presence. She had an infectious smile and you couldn't help but love being around her.
She had the gift to teach people of all ages about God's word and the gift of salvation. My boys (16 & 13) fondly remember Teresa as "Big MaMa" from "Big MaMa's Attic" from when they were little, They just couldn't wait to hear what Big MaMa and her friends would teach them about the Bible each Sunday. They learned so much.
She will be missed. She has left a fire for Jesus on this earth so brightly lit that it can never be extinguished. Even though she's gone from this earth. Her Legacy will live on through her children and grandchildren and of course the other half of her heart her husband Pastor Joe Brown. She was truly unforgettable and will be missed.

All of Our Love,
Alan, Tara, Joshua and Will VanCleave, also Beverly Casagranda

Sylvia Coates

August 21, 2018

When I started attending Hickory Grove I was in Teresa's class. I truly learned a lot from her.She was an awesome teacher.

Biography

Teresa Martin Brown was born September 8, 1948, and changed her residence to a mansion in Heaven on August 19, 2018. She was born in East Tennessee, grew up in Damascus, Virginia - where she married her childhood sweetheart, Joe Brown - and lived most of her life in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Tennessee State University, a Master’s Degree in Education from Morehead State University, Teresa taught elementary school in several schools in several cities across the southeast United States. She later attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where she pursued a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. She served as a pastor’s wife alongside her husband at many churches, including Friendship Baptist Church (1973-1975) in Glade Springs, Virginia, Cumberland Baptist Church (1975-1980) in Cumberland, Kentucky, the First Baptist Church of Whitesburg (1980-1984) in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and Hickory Grove Baptist Church (1984-2011) in Charlotte, North Carolina. Staying true to her ‘above-and-beyond’ approach, Teresa always sought to serve with excellence, whether she was creating a new curriculum for new members or beginning new ministry programs such as the Bible-based children’s worship program, The Big Attic. By nature of her strength, wisdom, and relationship with God, Teresa walked in no other shadow than the Shadow of the Almighty.

Teresa served as Vice-President of Challenge for Living, an international ministry founded in 1993. Through Challenge for Living, she participated in missions in Honduras and Ecuador, and the ‘Dr. Joe & Teresa Brown Community of Hope’ orphanage was constructed in Lucknow, India.

Beginning in 1996, along with Rebecca Martin and Yvonne Clark, Teresa co-founded NarroWay Productions in Fort Mill, SC, where she has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and held leading roles as an outstanding soloist and actress.

Teresa was the founder and director of Mighty Women of God, a ladies’ discipleship ministry dedicated to teaching, discipleship, and encouragement.

Teresa was a nationally-acclaimed conference speaker for many years. She also served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Wives Conference, and the second Vice-President of the North Carolina Baptist Convention.

Teresa has also authored many Bible Studies as well as three books: Country Fried Manna, Looking Back at the Faithfulness of God, and Lord, It’s My Hormones.

Teresa never wanted to be defined by the illness which she battled for 15 years. During that time, she rarely spoke about her fight, but endured several treatments, and never faltered in the fulfillment of her calling and her service to others. Regarding her challenging journey, she said: “I’m not going to let cancer keep me from going full speed ahead for the Kingdom. I want to slide into Heaven with skinned knees.” In her time on earth, Teresa impacted hundreds of thousands of people and was at her home, surrounded by her adoring family when she stepped into eternity.

Teresa was preceded in death by her father, J. Peery Martin, and niece, Kaylee Rabun.

Teresa is survived by her husband, Dr. Joe Brown; her children, Dr. Christa Phipps (Matt), Hope Wooten (Dan), and Dr. Timothy Brown (Jodi); her mother, Vivian Martin; her siblings, Debbie Orr (Allen), Rebecca Martin, and Phillip Martin (Lisa); and the apples of her eye, her grandchildren, Abigayle and Maggie Phipps, Kelsey and Elijah Phelps, Jackson and Chloé Brown.

The family wishes to extend a special appreciation to Lisa Martin and Erin Martin Carty for their compassionate expert medical care.

Thank you for praying, bringing food, sending flowers and cards, singing, and contributing to the causes she loves. There are no words to describe how much she will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to NarroWay Productions, in Fort Mill, South Carolina, in honor of Teresa.

The family received friends from 4:00 until 6:30PM on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, in the Worship Center of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 7200 E W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28215, followed by a Home-going Service that began at 7:00 PM. All those who loved Teresa and her family were invited to attend and celebrate the life of this woman of God.

A memorial service honoring Teresa’s life and legacy at NarroWay took place on Sunday, September 9, 3:00 PM at NarroWay Productions, 3327 Hwy 51, Fort Mill, SC 29715.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” (Psalm 116:15)