|Reverend Dr. William Rocky Brown 3rd, Pastor of Community Engagement|
Personal Motto: "Join Today to Change Tomorrow"
The Honorable Reverend Dr. William Lewis Rocky , 3rd, a public, preacher, motivationalist, counselor, and consultant was born in Chester, Pennsylvania to the late District Justice, William Lewis Brown Jr. and Gwendolyn Carraway Brown. He has one sibling, a sister, Tracy M. Brown-Womack and three daughters, Catrina, Robin and Janee’ as well as a granddaughter, Sinai.
Education Dr. Brown graduated from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He also holds a Masters Degree in Religion from the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Jameson Christian College. He has also pursued graduate studies in the field of Adult Education at Cheyney University, received training in non-violent direct action from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia and is a graduate of the University of the Virgin Island’s Institute for the Treatment of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction and The F.B.I. Citizens Academy, Philadelphia Division.
Pastoral & Professional Endeavors Rocky is President and CEO of Brown and Associates, LTD, a comprehensive government and public relations firm. He is also a State Certified Drug / Alcohol and Gambling Addiction Counselor and was recently voted by his peers and colleagues as Employee of the Year of Crozer-Keystone Health System's Community Hospital.
A preacher by calling, yet a political activist by choice, Rocky is an ordained Baptist Minister of 31 years. He has spent six of these years as the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bernardtown in South Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He is presently the Pastor of Youth and Community of the Bethany Baptist Church in Chester, Pennsylvania, and an International Certified Christian Chaplain. Rocky is a prolific writer who has been published in various mediums. He also has a weekly religious column that appears in Scoop USA.
Since 1986, Rocky has been traveling around the country motivating youngsters to stay in school and to say no to drugs and violence. Rocky’s motivational assemblies consist of a unique technique of raps, chants, and audience participation. Thus, he is affectionately known as the “Rappin Rev.”
As a former member of the City Council of Chester, Pennsylvania, Rocky was a strong voice for the people. Before being elected to council he spent 16 months in the U.S. Virgin Islands where he served with the Governor’s Drug and Crime Prevention Program as Special Assistant to the Drug Czar. Rocky was also elected and served two consecutive four-year terms as City Controller of Chester, Pennsylvania. Prior to being elected City Controller, he served as Legislative Aide to former Pennsylvania State Representative Robert C. Wright of the 159 Legislative District. In 2010 he was a candidate for State Representative.
Affiliations & Memberships Rocky has been actively involved in numerous community and civic organizations over the years. Brown is a former member and Vice-President of the Environmental Justice Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He presently serves as Chairman of the Delaware County Millions More Movement, Ambassador for the Philadelphia Division of the F.B.I., member of The F.B.I. Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and The FBI Step Up Speak Up Program, 1st Vice President of Choices Inc., Deputy Senior Chaplain of the Chester City Police Chaplain Corp, Senior Chaplain for Marcus Hook Police Department, Chaplain for the Chester Township Police and Fire Department, Chairman-Law Enforcement Chaplains of Delaware County as well as the PA. Representative for The International Conference of Police Chaplains and a member of the Widener Partnership Charter School Board of Trustees.
Prince Hall Fraternalism has been a part of his family heritage for three generations. He was raised to the degree of a Master Mason in 1985 at Franklin Lodge #58. He is presently a Past Master, having served as Worshipful Master 2000-2001. He is a member of Omega Chapter #12, Holy Royal Arch Masons; Leon H. Johnson Council #8, Royal and Select Masters; Imperial Council #12, Knights of Templar; Charles E. Gordon Consistory #65, Grand Inspector General 33degree, Minaret Temple #174, A.E.A.O.N.M.S. serving as Illustrious Potentate in 2005. He served as Chairman of the Grand Lodge Audio Committee, was appointed Worshipful Grand Junior Deacon and Worshipful Grand Senior Deacon and is presently serving as Worshipful Grand Chaplain. He is also a Past Worthy Patron of Leah Chapter #27 and Grand Lecturer for Deborah Grand Chapter , Order of the Eastern Star, a Past Grand Exalted Ruler of John A. Watts Lodge #224; I.B.P.O. Elks of W. and a devoted member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Awards & Recognitions His community work has earned him many awards and commendations; some of which include: Award of Excellence, United States Attorney’s Office, U.S. Virgin Islands, Man of the Year 1991, American Biographical Institute, U.S.A., United States Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Man of America Award - twice honored, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Distinguished Alumni Award, The Charles E. Gordon Consistory Community service Award, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Community Service Award, International Directory of Distinguished Leadership Profile, Man of the Year Award – Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Coatesville, Berean Presbyterian Church Humanitarian Award, Vision Christian Academy Community Service Award, Philadelphia Mayor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, Charlotte Amalie Rotary Club Service Above Self-Citation, Outstanding American Award-American Biographical Institute ,cited four times in Who’s Who Among Black Americans, American Cities Foundation Men Making A Difference Award, and City of Chester, PA “Letter Of Commendation” for leading the fight to take “Four Loko” off the selves in America.
In addition to his many awards and citations Rocky’s accomplishments have been listed in a publication by Richard E. Harris entitled, "A History of Chester, Pennsylvania Negroes." Not only has Rev. Dr. Brown been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles of both local and national prominence, he has made guest appearances on radio and television shows throughout the U.S. and Caribbean.