KINGSTON – Mayflower Church, located at 207 Main Street, Kingston and which has served Kingston and surrounding communities since 1828, has selected Reverend Anton Brown to serve as the church’s new Pastor.
Pastor Brown comes to Mayflower from Kentucky, where he has been studying at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing a PhD in Systematic Theology. He holds a Masters’ Degree from the same institution and is on track to have his doctorate completed in 2023. His area of study is theological anthropology.
The Millinocket, Maine native has served as Pastor at several churches prior to joining the Mayflower family. He was pastor of Bridgeway Community Church in Haledon, NJ, a multi-ethnic church in Metropolitan New York City.
Pastor Brown also was a “church planter,” having started Pathway Community Church in Newport, Maine, 20 miles west of Bangor. He had been attending First Baptist Church in Pittsfield, Maine, when he was recruited to start the new church. He recalls, “We reached out to neighbors and evangelized in communities around Newport to build the church.” Pastor Brown led the church for five years. During its history, the church grew to a membership of 110.
Pastor Brown recalls the conditions that existed in Maine in 2008 and 2009 when this happened. “The economy was still reeling from the financial crisis. In my last years there, we saw families move from the area. The positive, though, was that the church made a real impact on the local area. We in fact had three pastors in the congregation at one point. There were a lot of strong connections made there.”
Pastor Brown made a strong commitment to Christianity at age 18. “I was pretty much set on studying to be a doctor,” he said. But in May of his senior year, he changed direction from studying biology and enrolled at Gordon College, where he majored in Bible studies. The middle ground for him for a number of years was to continue studies at the University of Maine to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and Nursing. He worked as a nurse until he was called to serve in a full time ministry in 2006.
He met his wife, Amy, in high school. Amy is a career teacher and teaches English to Chinese students. They are parents to five children: Micah, Ethan, Noah, Seth, and John. Amy is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Biblical counseling and plans to build a Biblical counseling ministry.
Pastor Brown’s interests include piano and photography. As a younger man, he was trained in jazz piano and later learned classical music. Of photography he says that he loves taking pictures of street and landscape architecture, and candid/random photos of people and things happening.
He says of Mayflower, “There is a tight and strong sense of family here at Mayflower, and I am very pleased to be here and looking to build those connections and work with the community so that we all grow in our faith.”
About Mayflower Church
Mayflower Church is located at 207 Main Street, Kingston, MA 02364. The church has a number of community outreach programs and services. Mayflower Church serves people on Cape Cod, as well as Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Kingston, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, and surrounding communities. Reverend Anton Brown serves as Pastor. For additional information, please call 781-585-3167 or visit www.mayflowerkingston.org.