Meet The Pastors
Rev. Dr. Grainger
The Reverend Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr. is the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church of Fort Washington, Maryland where the Right Reverend William P. DeVeaux is the Presiding Bishop of the Second Episcopal District and Rev. Dr. Ronald Braxton is the Presiding Elder of the Potomac District. Pastor Browning was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is married to the Reverend Dr. Jo Ann Browning, Co-Pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church and is the proud father of one daughter, Candace Davis, a 2008 Graduate of Hampton University and current graduate student at Howard University, and grandfather of granddaughter, Imani. He is the father of Grainger III, a 2008 graduate of Morehouse College. Rev. Browning is also grandfather of Grainger IV and Kaylah.
Pastor Browning is a 1974 graduate of Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in History-Education. He was awarded a Master of Divinity Degree in 1982 from Howard University Divinity School where he was awarded the Benjamin E. Mays Theological Fellowship and listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Additionally, he received Doctor of Divinity Degrees from Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio and from the A.M.E. University in Monrovia, Liberia. Before being called into ministry, Pastor Browning was a high school educator with the Newton Massachusetts Public School System, serving as Department Chairperson in Social Science. While living in the Boston area, Rev. Browning was also Vice President of the Boston NAACP in 1982-1983. Pastor Browning is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Pastor Browning was called to preach in 1979, while he was a member at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was appointed Pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in 1983 with a membership of 17 and a budget of $12,000. Under his leadership for the last 30 years, the church membership has grown to exceed more than 8,000 members and a budget of $8 million, ministering to the spiritual, educational, political, social, economic, health and recreational needs of the community. Under his helm, Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning has led Ebenezer A.M.E. Church family in donating nearly $2 million in scholarships to high school graduates and returning college students.
Rev. Browning currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for both Wilberforce University (after serving as Vice Chairman from 2002-2006) and Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. He has received Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degrees from Wilberforce University along with AME University in Liberia.
Dr. Browning is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Rainbow/People United to Save Humanity (PUSH) Coalition. In that capacity, he has traveled on several delegations with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. to Israel, Palestine, Sudan, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, and Ghana, meeting the Head of State in each one of these countries. Rev. Browning has traveled extensively throughout the African continent while ministering in Senegal, Gambia, Lesotho, Zambia, South Africa, Liberia and Egypt.
To all of the above, what he is today and ever hopes to be, Reverend Browning gives HIS LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST ALL THE HONOR, THE GLORY AND THE PRAISE!
Rev. Dr. Jo Ann
The Reverend Dr. Jo Ann Browning is Co-Pastor of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Fort Washington, Maryland. She is married to the Reverend Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr., who serves as the Senior Pastor. She is the proud mother of two young adult children, Grainger III (wife, Courtney and grandchildren, Kaylah Jo Ann and Grainger IV) and Candace Davis (husband, Andre and granddaughter, Imani).
Rev. Dr. Browning graduated from Boston University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications. She received a Master of Divinity Degree in 1986 and a Doctorate of Ministry from Howard University School of Divinity in 1991. While at Howard, she was a recipient of the Benjamin E. Mays and the Pew Fellowships.
2017 marks Pastor Browning’s 35th year in ministry. Rev. Dr. Browning accepted the call to preach in 1982 at Hemingway Memorial A.M.E. Church in Chapel Oaks, MD. For a nine-month period in 1983, she served on the ministerial staff at St. Paul A.M.E. in Cambridge, MA. During that same year, her husband was appointed to pastor Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, which had 17 faithful members and a $12,000 budget. Rev. Dr. Browning immediately began assisting her husband and was hired as assistant minister in 1985. From 1986-1990, she served as assistant pastor and then as co-pastor in 1991. In 1998, Bishop Vinton R. Anderson (deceased), then presiding prelate of the Second Episcopal District, made the unprecedented appointment as co-pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E. This groundbreaking appointment has continued since then, with the most recent reappointment in April 2017 from Bishop James Levert Davis. Currently, Ebenezer’s membership exceeds 8,000 with numerous ministries.
In addition to her pastoral responsibilities, Pastor Browning has preached, taught, and facilitated workshops throughout the United States, Haiti, Bermuda, Barbados, Germany, Israel, and South Africa. A recognized trailblazer and community leader, Dr. Browning has received numerous awards and accolades. In 2006, she received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from A.M.E. University in Monrovia, Liberia. In 2007, she was honored to preach Spelman College’s Baccalaureate Ceremony where she served on the Spelman College’s Sister’s Chapel Wisdom Center Executive Board for 10 years. In July 2002, Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning was inducted as an honorary member into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In 2016, she became a member of the Board of Trustees at Wesley Theological Seminary and in 2017, accepted the request to serve on the Board of RISE TOGETHER: The National Mentorship Network for Women of Color in Ministry (WOCIM).
Possessing a heart for women, Pastor Browning has also organized and convened over 30 annual women’s spiritual retreats, attracting thousands from throughout the U.S. and around the world. She self-published her first book, Our Savior, Our Sisters, Ourselves: Biblical Teachings & Reflections on Women’s Relationships in 2006. The book provides teachings that explore the realities of being a black woman, wife, mother and minister. It is designed to empower and bless women as they continue on their own journeys of faith. Her second book, Faithful, Focused and Fearless: Lessons to Fortify Your Future was released June 2009.
Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Browning is grateful to be one of the trailblazers of women in ministry, to till new ground, wade in the waters and to serve God’s people.