The Rev. Patricia Brown

User Profile
Name
The Rev. Patricia Brown
Church Info
Home Church Address
Shepherd's Heart Anglican
10185 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22031
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
The Lamb Center
Type of Organization
Non Profit
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Assistant Director
Organization Address
3220 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Battered Women
Education
Homelessness
Human Trafficking
Hunger/Food Justice
Immigration
Medical
Post Incarceration Care
Racial Reconciliation
Refugees within North America
Special Needs population
Substance Abuse/Addiction
Other
Other
Haircuts, Showers, Meals, Optical, Dental, One-on-0ne case work, Prayer, Bible Study
Organization Email
lambcenter@thelambcenter.org
Description of Organization
The mission of the Lamb Center is to proclaim the good news of Christ in word & deed to poor, hurting & homeless people in our community; to know them; to love them; to discover their needs with them; to foster and encourage their relationships with our Lord; and to help them to discover and enjoy the many gifts that God has given them...for His glory; for the good of the Church, and in ministry to others.
Organization Years In Operation
23
Does your ministry offer internships?
No.
Strengths of Organization
Relationships and Community
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Full Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
15.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education NET Training Institute for Counseling and Addiction Studies 2003 Trinity School For Ministry Courses leading to ordination as a Vocational Deacon in 2009 under CANA. Now serving in the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
The Lamb Center will be moving into a brand new, two story building later this year. While striving to offer the best services to our guests in their transformation, we wish to remain rooted in the foundation of the Gospel.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
Serving over 100 guests a day. When they pass away. Detaching at the end of a busy day.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Seeing lives transformed through God's grace.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Solid prayer and Bible study time each morning. Sunday Church Services and small group involvement. Praying the Jesus prayer throughout the day. Praying with staff, volunteers, and guests at The Lamb Center, 6 times each day. Spiritual Direction and personal study of the works of the Desert Fathers. Weekly small group study of the works of St. Francis with Franciscans.
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
Bishop Martyn Minns created The Lamb Center in Dec. of 1992 after feeling that he was putting a band-aid on the wounds of the poor and wounded who appeared at his door at Truro Church. At that time, 6 people a day visited the site over a pawn shop. We currently serve over 105 guests per day and the number is growing.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
The most difficult aspect of being homeless is being ignored. We see the face of Jesus in every guest that our Lord sends us and as Mother Teresa taught, "do little things with great love."
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Tatoos On The Heart by Gregory Boyle Same Kind of Different As Me by Lynn Vincent, Denver Moore, Ron Hall
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
The Red Wagon
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
www.thelambcenter.org
Anything else you would wish us to know?
The Lamb Center serves all sorts of people in all sorts of circumstances. What they all hold in common, they hold in common with us too: they need to be warmly met, to be known, to be loved, and to be faithfully served. The poor among us need us to practice virtues of kindness, patience and the tenderest humility.
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
While serving the broken, one often touches the hand of God.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
I pray that the hearts of members in ACNA would break with the things that break His.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
While employed in 2001 with Prison Fellowship Ministries in VA, I began volunteering at The Lamb Center. My heart was broken and deeply moved by praying with the homeless in the little chapel on the premises. I joined the staff in 2004 and it's been quite a journey!