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Henry Brewer

Reverend Henry Brewer, born October 25, 1932, returned to his heavenly home on September 13, 2019. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle with his health and ultimately gave him peace.

Reverend Brewer was born to the late Henry and Roxie Brewer in Prairie Point, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 58 years Annie Kate Byrd-Brewer, two daughters Teresa Brewer and Tonya Patterson, two sisters, and one brother. He leaves to cherish his memories two sons, Titus (Twana) Brewer, and Henry T. Brewer, sister Grace Brown of Chicago, Illinois, brothers Leroy and Marvin Jones of Dayton, OH, eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and host of other relatives and friends.

Upon moving to Ohio, he was drafted into the US Army, he served two years, and was honorably discharged. He returned home and continued his education.  Reverend Brewer graduated from Northwestern Bible College with an Associate Degree in 1980, and a Bachelor Degree in 1982. He received numerous certificates and awards that qualified him to do pastoral services. In 1980 during President Jimmy Carter’s term, he was invited to tour the White House and meet the president.

He married the love of his life, the late Annie Kate Byrd. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September of 2006 at Valley Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

He retired from General Motors after 33 years of service. He was the pastor of Mount Paran Church for 16 years, the founder of Freedom Faith Baptist Church, which he pastored 10 years. For 27 years he served as the pastor and faithful member of Valley Grove Baptist Church. Due to declining health he retired from Valley Grove Baptist Church in June of 2018, with a total of 53 years of faithful and dedicated service.

Pastor Brewer was a member of The National Baptist Convention, lifetime member of The State Convention, member of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and treasurer of the Northwestern Builders Fund. He was honored for his dedication and financial support for the National Convention, where his name is engraved on the memorial wall at the headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. He was one of six ministers from Ohio to receive such an honor.

Pastor Brewer and his wife traveled to many states and countries, including Rome, Liberia, East and West Africa. He was honored to pray at Provident Baptist Church in Jerusalem, and was baptized in the Jordan River.

He was known for ministering young and upcoming ministers, giving them the opportunity to preach and teach. He continued his ministry daily by visiting the sick and shut-in and supporting his family. He was a true servant of God.

The family of Reverend Henry Brewer would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at Kettering Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital, and Heartland Nursing Home. He is at peace now.

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