Reverend Ranae Stradford

Associate Minister

Rev. Stradford was ordained an Itinerant Deacon in April of 2007 and an Itinerant Elder in the A.M.E church on April 17, 2009. Rev. Stradford graduated from Towson University in May 2001, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education.   She graduated from the Howard University School of Divinity in May 2006, where she received a Master of Divinity degree. She also completed her Master of Adult Education degree in May 2009 from Coppin State University.

Rev. Stradford serves on the Ministerial Staff as the Minister to Women as well as the Minister to Young Adults.  She serves as the Artistic Director of the Karah Dance Ministry. She also conducts Discipleship/New Member’s classes. Rev. Stradford serves on the Potomac District Church School Council. Previously, she served as the Minister to Youth, Y.P.D director, Class Leader, and a Sunday School Teacher.

Rev. Stradford feels like the Apostle Paul, when he wrote Ephesians 3: 7, “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of His power. Although I am less than the least of God’s people, this grace was given to me to preach…”


Reverend Karen Brown

Rev. Brown is currently attending Regent University where she is a candidate for a Master of Divinity Degree. Rev. Brown has been a member at Jerusalem AME church for fourteen years.  She is the former Protem of the Steward Board where she led the Benevolence ministry, the Ministry of Missions and Welfare, and the Pastor’s comfort ministry.  She is passionate about her leadership of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, Daughters of Jerusalem, and the Youth ministry.As the leader of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry for ten years, she has actively supported the ministry’s mission to encourage and inspire the members, families, and church ministries to pursue a deeper prayer life, for the overall edification of the body, and glorification of the Lord. Her main focus is to stand in the gap for those who are not able or willing to pray.As the President of the Daughters of Jerusalem ministry for eight years, she actively supports the ministry by encouraging the women to grow in their faith in Christ, to develop and strengthen their relationship with other women, and by encouraging women to serve and reach out to the community of Christ.Rev. Brown’s favorite scripture is Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  Whenever she is asked to describe her passion for ministry she states that it is her desire to do nothing less than to spread the word of God for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.  To do this she believes that she has to incorporate the divine attributes of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in her Christian walk.  Thus she has devoted her life to loving the Lord deeply, and learning how to express this love in her day to day living.  Moreover, she believes that when as a committed Christian, we walk, talk, and breathe our deepest belief in God; we are a kinder and more compassionate disciple for the Lord.  She believes personally, that keeping these attributes will allow her to practice what thus sayeth the Lord.

She is married to Brother Kenneth Brown Sr.; she has two loving adult children, an exceptionally wonderful daughter in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters.  She is currently a dedicated employee of the Federal Government, where she has served for 29 years.