Submitted by Cedar Valley Cathedral of Praise
Cedar Valley Cathedral of Praise will honor the Rev. Clayton Brown and his wife, Nellie, for 48 years of service at the church on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The theme for the day is “Honor Where Honor is Due.”
The couple came to Cedar Valley in 1964 with their four daughters.
The church continued to grow with spirit-filled church meetings. Dancing in the spirit and speaking in tongues have been a part of the church’s heritage from day one. Another sanctuary was built on the church’s original property on Beaverdale Road. In 1988 another building program was started. God blessed Cedar Valley with 55 acres on the corner of Cleveland Highway and Beaverdale Road. A year later plans were completed and construction began. In 1995 the congregation moved into the 2,000-seat sanctuary.
The Browns not only have served the congregation, but also the people in the community. Clayton Brown makes several weekly visits to the hospital to visit patients. He has had a part of many memorial services and weddings during his time at Cedar Valley. Mrs. Brown and the family have sacrificed their family time many times.
One time when the Browns went on vacation to Florida a message awaited them at the hotel saying a church member had passed away so they returned to Dalton to help people through the loss. At many family dinners they would receive phone calls about somebody being in the emergency room or hospital or who just needed a home visit and he would leave and go visit them, never complaining. The Browns felt like and still feel that is what pastoring is about — being there for people 24/7.