Bishop Billy Rance Brown

Presided 1998 – 2005

National Convention Host Pastor

Succeeding to the office of the presiding bishop and president after the passing of Bishop James E. Williams in 1998, Bishop Brown was the host pastor of the national convention in Beaumont, Texas from 1954-1987.  After the national conventions had moved from Beaumont, Texas to Fort Worth, Texas (where the national convention convened for 15 years), Bishop Brown moved the national convention to the city of Houston, where the conventions were held in 2004 & 2005.  Bishop Brown later resigned from the office of presiding bishop and president in December 2005.