Bishop Kervy Brown, psalmist and pastor, passes on

By Libra Boyd
Gospel Music Fever

Bishop Kervy Brown died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 7, 2024.

The church and gospel music community mourn the sudden passing of Bishop Kervy Brown, who died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 7, at age 65. He collapsed during a service at Greater Deliverance Temple in Danville, VA, where he was celebrating 15 years as the church’s pastor.

Bishop Brown was renowned for his contributions to gospel music. His earliest professional recording as a featured soloist dates back to 1988 on Rev. Charles Nicks Presents the Baptist Assembly of Free Spirit Churches Mass Choir, Volume 2, with the song “Victory.” Over the years, he recorded several solo projects. His latest solo single “My Turn Around,” was released in September 2023. He also guest appeared on recordings with GMWA, Youthful Praise, the late Rev. Timothy Wright, and most recently, Brian Spriggs & Nu Worship. Spriggs’ album, The Art of Choir Music, was released Friday, July 5, featuring the beloved preacher and singer on the track “I’ll Make It.”

Brown’s most well-known musical partnership was alongside his longtime close friend, Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Love Fellowship. Brown was the featured vocalist on many of the Love Fellowship choir projects, leading such favorites as “The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow,” “Make It to That City,” “Never Leave Me Alone,” “I Will Fight,” and “Lord Do It.”

In 2018, Brown was elevated to the office of bishop. At the time of his passing, he served on the executive council of the Covenant Keepers International Alliance (CKIA), presided over by Bishop Walker. In a heartfelt statement released Sunday night, Walker described Brown as a “beloved friend and brother… [who] … has walked with me for over 40 years doing the Lord’s work in the United States and around the world.”

GMF extends its deepest condolences to Bishop Brown’s immediate and extended family, Greater Deliverance Temple, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Love Fellowship, CKIA, and the entire gospel community. In tribute, a segment of this past Monday’s Gospel Music Fever Radio Show on KWAY-db Gospel Station was dedicated to his memory.

Events to Honor Bishop Brown’s Life

Several celebrations honoring Bishop Brown’s life have been announced.

The local celebration is set for Friday, July 26, at 7 pm, at Greater Deliverance Temple, 816 Claiborne St. in Danville.

The national celebration and official homegoing service takes place Saturday, July 27, at 11 am, at Bibleway Cathedral, 215 Grant St. in Danville.

An additional national celebration, “The Praise Finale,” is being held Sunday, July 28, at 6 pm, at Pilgrim Renaissance Center in Brooklyn, NY.

More event details are on the flyer below.

Homegoing Arrangements Flyer for Bishop Kervy Brown, as posted by Minister Timothy Womack

This article was updated with arrangements on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 1:25 pm.

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