By Robert M. Marovich

Dennis Bines informed JGM that gospel singer and church leader Bishop Kervy Brown passed away from an apparent heart attack on Sunday, July 7. He was 65.

Born in New York on May 21, 1959, Kervy was inspired by the singing of his mother, Mary Brown, lead vocalist with the Faith Gospel Singers. For his part, Kervy went on to sing with the Bronx Mass Choir. Through Bishop Albert Jamison’s introduction, Brown became part of the Gospel Music Workshop of America at age twenty and remained a member of GMWA for more than forty years. He can be heard leading the Youth Choir on “Pass Away,” from the GMWA recording The Tampa Experience (2004).

Brown gained national attention for his lead vocal work with Bishop Hezekiah Walker and his Love Fellowship Crusade, a choir of which he was a founding member. Among his most popular leads were “Make It to That City,” “Lord Do It,” and “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow.” Brown also led “Victory” on 1988’s Rev. Charles H. Nicks Presents the Baptist Assembly of Free Spirit Churches – Volume Two. Brown had his own solo projects, the most recent being 2022’s Our God Reigns.

Brown was called to pastor Greater Deliverance Temple in Danville, Virginia, in 2009, and was elevated to Bishop in 2018 under the leadership of Bishop Hezekiah Walker. It was while in service at Greater Deliverance on July 7, the first Sunday of his month-long 15th anniversary of pastoral leadership, that Brown collapsed and died.

He leaves behind a wife, daughter, granddaughter, and other family members. JGM sends its sincerest sympathies to the family, friends, and many fans of Bishop Kervy Brown. Homegoing details will be published when available.

25 Comments

  1. N/A July 10, 2024 at 5:12 am - Reply

    Ex-wife!
    And the daughter nor granddaughter is not his biologically

    • LTD July 11, 2024 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      The point you are making by this statement?

      • Vee July 12, 2024 at 9:42 pm - Reply

        Same thing I was thinking!!!… if they can’t give their condolences they just need to SHUT-UP

  2. Christie July 10, 2024 at 6:30 am - Reply

    So sorry to hear this. Such a anointed man of God. Voice of heaven. May God comfort his family/church family.

  3. Kevin Petty July 10, 2024 at 9:46 am - Reply

    My heart deeply mourns the passing of Bishop Kervy Brown! May he rest in peace! His music 🎶 has been a blessing to me!

    • Toya July 10, 2024 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      When did he get married? Didn’t realize he was ever married?

      So sorry to hear of his loss- he could preach and sing with the anointing. You don’t leave his church the same way you came and he believe in PRAISE! He ushered in that spirit!

      • Jean July 11, 2024 at 1:38 pm - Reply

        He got married in the early 80’s

  4. Michael Allen Brandly July 10, 2024 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    My prayers and condolences go out to Bishop Brown’s family and all those whom he has inspired. We’ll done good and faithful servant.

  5. Dre Mysic July 10, 2024 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Wow going to be missed. The late Bishop kervy Brown. My condolence to the family. He was just here a week ago for Bishop Huey Rogers 90th birthday and they had a concert that Sunday evening and he sang I can’t forget what Jesus done for me.

    • Youlanda July 13, 2024 at 2:33 am - Reply

      My condolences and heartfelt prayers 🙏🏽

  6. LaSean Gravely July 11, 2024 at 9:02 am - Reply

    He will truly be missed! His voice reminds us of the anointed spiritual roots of traditional church! He sang like no other. When he did revivals & etc for WOTCC, change came with him! Sending prayers and condolences.

  7. Lorene Ammonds July 11, 2024 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Praying for those he was connected with and the lives he touched through his preaching and singing.

  8. Meka July 11, 2024 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    May GOD be with the family! Amazing man

    • Meadows July 13, 2024 at 2:23 am - Reply

      My God today!!! The industry has lost another wonderful minister of music, and Heaven has gain another beautiful soul. I truly don’t understand how people can say anything they want when a person passes away. There’s a time and place for everything. May God give peace to every family member and friend in this time of bereavement. Peace and love to all. Sir Kervy Brown YOU WILL BE MISSED BY ALL!

  9. Lovelean keene July 11, 2024 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    I loved Bishop Brown he was my friend and will be deeply missed by me. Farewell thou good and faithful servant you’ve been faithful over a few things come I’ll make you ruler over many.

    • Jezzebel July 12, 2024 at 12:24 am - Reply

      Yall really are a piece of work SAINTS!!!!!

      Gossipers definitely not spreading the Gospel.

  10. Kimberly Sangster July 11, 2024 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Praying for the family the Bible say he not going to put more on you than you can bare. those die in tears will reap joy , let it out he will be truly miss I will keep the brown family and church family in my prayers. Rest on Bishop kervy brown

  11. Meka D July 12, 2024 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Woooow I was just listening to his songs on Sunday. I was watching him sing the paint off the walls at different services at Full Gospel Holy Temple Dallas. He would walk and sing down “It’s Power” My condolences and prayers to his family

  12. Sandra Peterson July 12, 2024 at 9:13 am - Reply

    I Love the way the Bible states ” Only what you do for Christ will last” His life’s work of being Openly Holy is all that matters, he left me behind also, I’m not a wife of his, but I love Kervy and his uniqueness. Sincerely Sandra Peterson ❤️ 💙

  13. Tanaya laing July 12, 2024 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    May pastor down rest on peace very nice man glad o met j and my son sang
    For his old church Int the Bronx. 🙏🏽

  14. Russell Witcher July 13, 2024 at 6:39 am - Reply

    While I didn’t personally know him, but seen him in passing. His spirit was inviting, welcoming, friendly. I could tell that he was a people person.

    Bishop Kervy Brown has left a strong legacy as to how Gospel music should be presented. He gave his best shot in every way every time he ministered in song! Danville Va was blessed to have him as a spiritual leader for several years at Greater Deliverance.

    In closing, my condolences goes out to his family, Greater Deliverance family, his close friends (some I personally know), his coworkers in the Gospel music industry, and fellow clergy and bishops connected to him….. Alot of lives were touched and definitely affected by his passing.

    I am appalled by the comment concerning his personal life the way it was presented: ex wife…… Even if it is true, what was the point of mentioning it? He is gone, he can’t answer any questions. People are in mourning and need time to actually process what has happened. Then in two weeks, celebrate his life and the legacy he leaves behind instead of being concerned with his personal life! When it comes to preachers and musicians, people have a tendency to be too involved in their personal lives. I know because I am in ministry. How someone lives his or her life is no one’s business.

    It behooves us to study to be quiet and mind our own business which is to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. (1Thessalonians 4:11; Philippians 2:12)

  15. Myrna Washington July 13, 2024 at 8:44 am - Reply

    God blessed your life. You will be missed greatly.

  16. Katrina July 13, 2024 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    What came forth from his mouth, Bishop Kervy Brown, was a blessing to many. Only what you do for Christ will last. To live is Christ to die is gain. Great is his reward in heaven. May the peace of God be with all his family, friends and all those that loved him. Rest in heavenly peace.

  17. Kenya Westbrook Flowers July 13, 2024 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    My Condolences to the Entire Family and Church Family!! I always enjoyed his Music Ministry 🎶 it will be Greatly Missed. To Be Absent from the Body, is to be Present with the LORD!!! Take Your Rest!!! We Live this Life, to Live AGAIN!!!

  18. Kenya Westbrook July 13, 2024 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    My Condolences to the Entire Family and Church Family!! I always enjoyed his Music Ministry 🎶 it will be Greatly Missed. To Be Absent from the Body, is to be Present with the LORD!!! Take Your Rest!!! We Live this Life, to Live AGAIN!!!

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Written by : Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.