The ministry of Christ Unity Evangelistic House of Prayer was founded on September 23, 1983 by Evangelist Jennie J. Brown. "A Praying Woman of Faith", and had its humble beginnings as a prayer band and mission. Evangelist Brown would administer prayer for many in the rear of a small store novelty shop at 620 East 63rd Street in 1985 and the Lord continued to add souls. As the establishmentarian of the ministry Evangelist Jennie Brown during a time when it was unfashionable for women to be in the pulpit and definitely uncommon for them to pastor persevered and stood strong in her faith which allowed the ministry to relocate to its second location where the facility housed the capacity to accommodate the then emerging growth of the ministry. Her pioneering spirit fueled an unprecedented manifestation of the spirit and birthed the now apostolic and prophetic oil which is evidenced on the ministry. On July 31, 1988, the mantle was passed to her youngest of three sons, Reverend Bill H. Brown, and he became the new pastor of Christ Unity Evangelistic Church. Under his great leadership, God allowed the church to relocate to 7414-16 South Cottage Grove Avenue to further accommodate their growth and vision. While there, the owners decided to utilize the property for other purposes, and so Christ Unity initiated an extensive search for its new church home. In January, 1997, services were temporarily held at the Harriet M. Harris Center at 6200 South Drexel Avenue as the search continued. A prime location with the capacity for the future growth and vision of Pastor Brown, was identified at 208 East 61st Street. However, this former gym and roller rink was listed for demolition and would require extraordinary faith and determination to obtain. The members worked untiringly to raise the $100,000.00 needed to secure the building and cease the demolition, and were remarkably successful. Next Step: an extensive renovation project. Evangelist Brown immediately assisted the vision of Pastor Brown by commencing the necessary fundraising efforts. She sponsored many Prayer Breakfasts, dinner sales and sold her famous cakes and pies. Additionally, members united to sponsor the purchase of much needed items, such as lighting, drywall and paint. Finally in September 1997, Christ Unity Evangelistic Church formally moved into their new and present location, known as "The Glory Dome." Since that time, Christ Unity has expanded its capacity to serve the community in various ways. Through C.R.E.D.O., a community faith-based initiative, Goodlife Food Pantry and the Center Corrective Thinking were established ub 2008 to address the economic and educational devastation of the residents within the Washington Park community. The Alpha Service, starting at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays, was launched in September 2009 to accommodate those "early seekers." Currently, Christ Unity is in its formative stages of completing the Multiplex Centre - an educational complex which houses a computer training room, conference and meeting space, recording studio, prayer room and a state-of-the-art banquet facility. CUE has also been at the helm of social change within the community, working alongside community leaders and organizations, leading neighborhood prayer rallies to "Stop the Violence." Christ Unity has been favored to be ministered to by many local, national and international spiritual leaders throughout nearly 28 years of ministry, including: Apostle H. Daniel Wilson, Bishop Larry D. Trotter, Bishop Simon Gordon, Bishop Roy E. Brown, Bishop Delano Ellis, Bishop Joseph A. McCargo, Apostle John T. Abercrombie, Apostle Donald Alford, Pastor Rob Thompson, Father Michael Pfleger, Pastor Daryl Coley, Apostle Richard D. Henton, Pastor JoAnn Allen Long, and Prophetess Mildred Harris.
Evangelist Jennie J. Brown was born on June 22, 1936 to Lucille and James Jones in Indianola, Mississippi. She accepted Christ at an early age, which ignited an ever burning flame of faith in her daily life. Believing she could do "all things through Christ", Evangelist Brown was catapulted into entrepreneurship with the grand opening of her restaurant "Jennie's Soul Food". This was her first tool of evangelism, meeting the spiritual needs while meeting ones' natural needs. Evangelist Brown known as a dedicated "Woman of Faith" yielded many years of missionary service to ministries such as: Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Exodus M.B. Church (Pastor John O. Coleman), and Prayer Tabernacle Church (Bishop R. J. Roff), while evangelizing throughout the city. Evangelist Brown was licensed and ordained in the Holiness church of Chicago. In September 1983, she began Christ Unity Evangelistic House of Prayer as a mission at 620 East 63rd Street. As God increased membership, in 1988 Evangelist Brown, under the Holy Spirit, relinquished her mantle of Pastorship to her youngest of three sons, Pastor Bill H. Brown, moving the ministry to its present location. Evangelist Brown served as Founder of Christ Unity Evangelistic Church until God called her home on May 2, 2005. The anointed "Woman of Faith" was committed to worshipping God, and serving others thus coining her favorite phrase "To reach the lost at any cost". May your love and humor live on forever.
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