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Pastor Richard S. Brown, Jr. has been pastor of the Payne Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN since October, 1996. Before coming to Payne Avenue, he served as pastor of the St. John Baptist Church in Knoxville for eight years. Pastor Brown is third generation preacher following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. He served as assistant to his father Pastor R. S. Brown, Sr., at Bethel Baptist Church in Alcoa, TN. He has also worked as a Control Analyst for the Tennesee Valley Authority, Knoxville, TN. Pastor Brown was born in Birmingham, AL. After the family moved to Alcoa, TN in 1974, he completed secondary education in the Alcoa School System. Pastor Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He has also done course work at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN.

Pastor Brown is married to Kirktenia, and they are the parents of three children: Christina, Jessica, and Richard, III.


  • VICE-PRESIDENT - Eastern Region Congress TBM&E State Convention
  • FINANCE CHAIRMAN - Knoxville District Baptist Associatioin
  • Pastoral Advisory Committee - U.T. Hospital
  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Compassion Coalition
  • Former VICE-MODERATOR - Knoxville District Baptist Association
  • STEERING COMMITTEE - Alzheimer's Association
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    Rev. Isaiah Blackman, a Nashville native, has been preaching since he was 17 years old. Currently, he is an assistant minister at the church where he has lectured and been the Superintendent of the Sunday School. He has also been worked in a ministerial role at St. Paul’s Baptist Church (Knoxville) and New Mt. Olive Pilgrimage Baptist Church (St. Petersburg, Florida). Rev. Blackman has completed courses at Jackson Community College. Currently, he is a graduating senior at Covington Theological Seminary in Knoxville. He has a love for helping people, especially overcoming drug addicts. Rev. Blackman also has a passion for children. He is married to Betty Blackman. Rev. Blackman can be contacted at

    Min. Anthony Rodgers has been preaching for over a year. In February of 2007, Anthony publicly announced at Payne Avenue Missionary Baptist Church his calling into the ministry. He preached his first semon in 2008. He is a lifetime resident of Knoxville, Tennessee. He is married to Johnnie Rodgers, and they have two children, Komeisha and Iiran Rodgers. He plans to share God's message of salvation, unconditional love, and deliverance throughout the world. Min. Rodgers can be contacted at

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