House of God, which is the Church of the Living God, Pillar & Ground of the Truth.

Meet The Leaders

Bishop Theodore Brown, President General

Bishop Theodore Brown, son of the Late Elder Willie Brown Sr. & Missionary Mabel Brown, is the seventh of eleven children, he is a native Floridian and resident of Hernando county Florida. He is a man of integrity and service. He has come up through the ranks of ministry, serving in every capacity from Sunday school teacher to the position he holds today, President General of the Churches of the Living God, International.

Bishop Brown was educated in the Hernando county public school system, graduated salutatorian of Moton High school class of 1958.  He matriculated in St. Augustine’s college, Raleigh, North Carolina in 1961, where he obtained a professional Bachelor of Art degree in Education. He also completed further study at the University of South Florida and St. Leo University in Mathematics.

Prior to entering the ministry he was an Educator, teaching school on all levels, Moton High and Elementary schools, Hernando High school and Parrott Middle school, amassing 20 years in the education arena. He culminated his teaching career in 1985 and exchanged his math books for full –time ministry.

Bishop Brown has served as pastor of Hernando, Church of the Living God, Hernando, Florida and Josephine St. Church of the Living God, Brooksville, Florida, serving 30 years in the pastorate. He has held various positions within the church on the local, state and national level. He retired from the pastorate in 2004. He has faithfully served the church in the capacity of Overseer of Churches of the Living God in the Florida Gulf and Georgia diocese, and as General Treasurer of Churches of Churches of the Living God International.  

He has served, not only his own community, but, has answered the call of the “great Commission to “Go ye therefore into all the world…”

Bishop Brown has served on the Mission in Jamaica, West Indies, Ghana, West Africa and Trinidad West Indies.

His community contributions include Co-Founder of Minister-Layman Alliance of Hernando County, Co-Founder of Concerned Citizens Alliance of Brooksville, Florida, Life member of NAACP, Ministerial Support to “Community Gospel Hour” Radio program, Kennedy Park Little League program supporter, community mentor and school volunteer.

Previous awards include; Hernando county Black Educator Caucus Award for community service, Point of View Production, Inc. Outstanding Bishop Award, Minister-Layman Alliance Leadership in Community Award, Josephine Street Church of the Living God  Commitment and Service Award, Pearl Grant Memorial Foreign Mission Service Award, President General Church of the Living God Dedicated Service Award.

Bishop Brown has been married for 44 years to the former Gladys M. Powell . They have four adult children; Theodore II and wife Crystal, Anthony and wife Teresa, Nathaniel and wife Janea, Angelena and husband  Dominique.  And seven handsome and beautiful grand children  Theodore III, Ejessica, Marabbi, Arielle, Moriah, Jordan and Joshua and one great grandchild Zalaya.

Bishop Ivy A. Hopkins, VP General

Bishop Ivy Ann Hopkins was saved in 1954 at the early age of 14 and called to the ministry in 1956 at the age of 16.  On June 24, 1966, she was ordained as a minister.  She began pastoring at the age of 25 in 1966 and is presently the pastor and founder of Grace Temple Church of the Living God, 300 Pine Street, Steelton, PA 17113.  She is the founder and CEO of Grace Temple Community Development Inc. and the founder of GRACE Learning Center.  Some of her academic achievements include advanced Bible studies at the American Bible Institute (1966).  She was a student of pastoral studies and a member of the Advisory Board of Christian Ministries at the Lancaster Theological Seminary Institute in 1978.  She enrolled in the Master of Divinity Program in 1990.  On October 7, 2003, she was presented a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry from the Chesapeake Bible College and Seminary in Ridgely, Maryland.

She was appointed Pennsylvania State Foreign Mission president in the Church of the Living God in 1975.  In 1976, she was added to the list of the first edition of Who’s Who in Religion.  She was ordained Pennsylvania State Elder in 1982 and consecrated Bishop of the Churches of the Living God, Inc., Pennsylvania Diocese I in 1986.  She presides presently over 24 churches.  In October 1998, she was appointed Executive Administrator of the Churches of the Living God, Inc.  She was appointed as the chairperson of the Chaplaincy Department of the Churches of the Living God in September 2003.

She became an approved instructor of the Evangelical Training Association in 1987. She organized an Interdenominational Bible Class in May 1987.  She organized a pilot scholar class which included preparation for church ministry studies.  In February 1996, she organized the church tape ministry.

Her cross-cultural experiences include:  Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa (1978); Germany (1985) where she dedicated the first Church of the Living God; and Jamaica (1988).  One of her best experiences was her trip to Europe in 2009.  While she was in Europe, she visited Rome, Sicily, Italy, Athens, Greece, Turkey, and the Island of Crete.

She is the recipient of many awards which include Minister of the Year, Outstanding Leadership Service Award for Dedication, Chaplain Award, and Celebration of Excellence.  She was invited to Washington, D.C. along with other clergy to meet President Jimmy Carter.  On April 28, 2003, she served as Chaplain of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during the Legislative Session.

She is the wife of Deacon Curtis R. Hopkins, Sr., mother of three children, Ivy Lynn Clay, Elder Curtis R. Hopkins, Jr., and Reverend Iris Janine Johnson.  She has seven grandchildren: Krista Tierra, Brittany Charee, and Barry Michael Clay; Curtis Albert III, Julian Christian, and Kayla Ivy Andrews; and Marina Inez Hopkins.  She has two sons-in-law, Barry Clay and Tertius Johnson and one daughter-in-law: Reverend Dr. Brunilda I. Hopkins.

Bishop Bertha Jones, Liaison Bishop

​​​​​​​Bishop Bertha “B.B” Jones was born the 12th of 14 children to the late Bishop Lee Jones, Sr., 2nd Vice President General and Assistant General Mother/Annel Jones. She was born in the Promised Land Community of Emanuel County, Georgia.  Her namesake and godmother was the late Elder B. B. Mitchell, National Evangelist of C.L.G. of Philadelphia, PA.  Bertha was married 12 years to Patrick McSween.  She is the mother of three children: Lakesia, Bryan and Christyna McSween.

Education & Training

  • 12 years of perfect attendance upon graduation from Swainsboro High School
  • Received Bible Training and teaching under her parents, Bishop & Mother Jones
  • B.A. in Social Work from Fort Valley State University, Georgia, 1973
  • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Fort Valley State University, GA, 1985
  • Master of Social Work Degree from The University of Georgia in 1995
  • Post Graduate Studies at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
  • Enrolled in Doctor of Ministry at Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, GA

Work Experience

  • Manager of Clark’s Records, San Francisco, California
  • Investigator of Public Assistance Cases for U.S. Dept. of HEW in New York City
  • Math & Special Ed. Teacher at Swainsboro High School
  • 30-year Retiree from State of Georgia working as Social Worker, Training Instructor, Counselor, Mental Health Director, and Deputy Warden of Care & Treatment


  • Past President of the Emanuel County Ministerial Association (5 years)
  • WJAT 800 AM Evangelist Radio Broadcast (22 years)
  • Volunteer Chaplain for Emanuel County Medical Center
  • Founder of Good News Community Prayer Breakfast (1990)
  • Designated writer for the Ministerial Column of The Forest-Blade local paper


  • Local - Ordained Minister 1991, Choir Member, Sunday School Teacher, Musician, HYPBC President, Williams Grove Assistant Pastor (13 years), Williams Grove Pastor (2005 to Present)
  • Diocese - Youth Congress President (20 years), Ordained State Elder 2000.  Served as Elder under the bishopric of Bishop T.N. Brown (2000-2010), Presiding Prelate of Georgia Diocese 2010-Present
  • National - Served as National Trustee (20 years), Member of National Chaplaincy Board, Member of Elections Committee, Workshop Facilitator, Consecrated Bishop in 2010 at Church of the Living God, Pillar and Ground of the Truth General Assembly with continued tutorship from the President General, Bishop T.N. Brown

Rev. Dr. Geraldine Crystal, Director

Rev. Dr. Geraldine Edmonds Crystal is a born-again Christian. She co-pastors at Banks Memorial Temple Church of the Living God with her father, Elder Dewey Edmonds.

She is a committed preacher of the Gospel and is serious about the commission of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 to make disciples.

The heart of Dr. Crystal is to admonish and motivate God’s people to allow Jesus Christ to be first priority in their lives. She is one who accepts the precious privilege and awesome responsibility of seizing every opportunity to deposit the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the lives of God’s people. Assuming several roles in the community and church, Dr. Crystal works tirelessly and effortlessly to continue developing the ministry that God has placed in her charge.


She is an advocate for children and youth and is passionate about Christian education at every level of the church. She conducts workshops, seminars, and conferences in the secular and church world.

Dr. Crystal’s community/church/professional affiliation has included employment with the Federal and State Governments; Certified Professional Chaplain; Pioneer Chaplain of the Church of the Living God (CLG);

National President of the CLG Holy Young People’s Bible Class (HYPBC) Department; Member, Board of Directors, Christian Recovery Aftercare Ministry; Certified Christian Counselor; Instructor, Evangelical Teachers Training Association; Volunteer, Pennsylvania Baptist Laymen’s Movement Institutional Ministry; Member, West Shore Toastmaster’s Club; Member, Camp Curtin Branch of the YMCA Board of Managers; Evening School Instructor, Opportunities Industrialization Center; and Recording Artist, Soulville Productions.

She is the recipient of various earned degrees: Doctor of Theology/Doctor of Religious Education from Andersonville Baptist Seminary, and Doctor of Chaplaincy from Saint Luke’s Evangelical School of Biblical Studies; Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University; Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies from Buxton University; Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern University; and an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Harrisburg Area Community College.

Dr. Crystal graduated summa cum laude from Andersonville Baptist Seminary, Saint Luke’s Evangelical School of Biblical Studies, Buxton University, and Eastern University. She graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln University, and with honors from Harrisburg Area Community College.

Dr. Crystal is recognized in Who’s Who Among American Women and Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals. She has also received numerous awards and honors; namely, Outstanding Christian Service in Education Martin Luther King Award from Milestone Ministerium; Certificate of Completion by the American Association of Christian Counselors; granted the title of Master Certified Compliance Administrator by Florida Atlantic University; Secretary of the Department of Transportation Award for Excellence Honoree, Commonwealth of PA; listed in the Academic All-American Collegiate Directory that honors academically outstanding college students nationwide; featured in the Seventh Edition of the National Dean’s List; listed in the College Board’s Talent Roster of Outstanding Minority Community College Graduates; and Honorable Discharge from the United States Army.

Dr. Crystal is currently the Berean School of Ministry Campus Dean, Professor, and Recording Secretary, PA United Diocese CLG; Chaplain Commissioner, CLG.; Certified Christian Counselor; Certified Professional Chaplain; and Early Childhood Educator, McLamb Memorial Day Care Center.