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The Reverend K. Andre Brooks is a native of Memphis, TN.  A descendant of committed lay leadership and clergy in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, his great-grandparents were founding member of St. John AME Church in Proctor, Arkansas in 1910.   Rev. Brooks answered the call to ministry at seventeen while attending Claybourne Temple AME in Memphis, TN.

 

After graduating from LeMoyne-Owen Collegen (Memphis, TN) with a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science, he moved to Washington, DC to work as a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill while attending Howard University School of Divinity, from which he obtained a Master's of Divinity degree.  While working on Capitol Hill, Rev. Brooks became an advocate for education reform and local community development and was known for his advocacy of policy supporting increase of funding to address the minority achievement gap in states across the nation. His advocacy and commitment to inner-city youth would later lead to him being a highly successfully teacher and principal in the Baltimore, MD.

 

Greater Saint John African Methodist Episcopal Church

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Rev. Brooks began his Christian ministerial career as a leader at Bethel AME Church in Baltimore, MD in 1995; a trustee and licensed preacher at Adams Chapel AME in Baltimore 1997; and ordained deacon and elder at the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, MD under the leadership of founding Pastor Jamal-Harrison-Bryant. In 2009, Rev. Brooks was assigned to pastor Gethsemane AME Church in Baltimore, MD by Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson.

 

At Gethsemane, Rev. Brooks was recognized for his ministerial emphasis on social justice, community development, and individual leadership development as he led this urban church into a period of spiritual and economic revitalization. Known for profound spiritual awareness and intensive scholarship, Rev. Brooks began a series of Bible study classes entitled Climbing Mount Sinai during his first year at Gethsemane.

 

In November 2014, Bishop John Richard Bryant, appointed Rev. Brooks as the senior pastor of Greater Saint John AME Church in the Englewood community of Chicago, Illinois.  Rev. Brooks has sparked a Church revival and city-wide campaign focused on decreasing the high crime rate in the crime rampant neighborhood by meeting with elected officials, gang leaders, police, city agency officials, and business owners to address the major issues of work-force development and economic revitalization.

 

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