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10 AM Sabbath School 11 AM Divine Worship Service | Wednesday - 7PM

The Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church Leadership

The Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will.

Dr. Lawrence Brown

Senior Pastor


Dr. Lawrence Brown
Senior Interim Pastor

Dr. Lawrence Brown is a native New Yorker. He was born and raised on Long Island in the town of North Amityville and has called New York home all his life. He has been a minister in Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for over 30 years and has served many congregations and been a conference director for several departments including Publishing, Religious Liberty, Sabbath School, Stewardship and Trust Services. He earned his B.A. in Religion & Theology from Oakwood University and his Jurisprudence Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law.

He has been married for over 27 years and together with his wife, Shari, has one adult daughter. His energetic and enthusiastic approach to ministry has endeared him to many and his love for people is readily apparent. Both he and his wife are active in Youth ministry, he with Bible Bowl and she as a Youth Sabbath School teacher. His favorite promise in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 4:7 which declares “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

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Dr. Lawrence Brown
Senior Interim Pastor

Dr. Lawrence Brown is a native New Yorker. He was born and raised on Long Island in the town of North Amityville and has called New York home all his life. He has been a minister in Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for over 30 years and has served many congregations and been a conference director for several departments including Publishing, Religious Liberty, Sabbath School, Stewardship and Trust Services. He earned his B.A. in Religion & Theology from Oakwood University and his Jurisprudence Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law.

He has been married for over 27 years and together with his wife, Shari, has one adult daughter. His energetic and enthusiastic approach to ministry has endeared him to many and his love for people is readily apparent. Both he and his wife are active in Youth ministry, he with Bible Bowl and she as a Youth Sabbath School teacher. His favorite promise in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 4:7 which declares “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

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Dr. Cory Marshall

Assistant Pastor

Dr. Cory Marshall
Assistant Pastor

Pastor Cory Marshall is one who constantly seeks a deeper connection with God. This desire emanates out of the words of Jesus recorded in John 17:3 which state: “this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent”. These words stand in connection to the call that Pastor Marshall received from the Lord which lead him to move from his home in Brooklyn to Atlantic Union College and later to Washington Adventist University, where he received his BA in Theology in 2014.

After graduation, he received the call from the Northeastern Conference where he has served from 2014-present as both Chaplain and Bible Teacher for Northeastern Academy and South Brooklyn Academy. In 2017, he was called to his first pastoral assignment as the Assistant Pastor of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, under the tutelage of Dr. Ainsworth E. Joseph. Cory’s hope is to ignite an enthusiasm and passion for Christ and ministry into those he has been called to both lead and serve.

Pastor Marshall also holds three graduate degrees from Liberty University. The most recent of these academic achievements is the Doctor of Ministry degree which he attained in June 2020. He is married to the former Nathalie Rodriguez, and together they are the proud parents of one daughter, Karis Sofia Marshall.

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Dr. Cory Marshall
Assistant Pastor

Pastor Cory Marshall is one who constantly seeks a deeper connection with God. This desire emanates out of the words of Jesus recorded in John 17:3 which state: “this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent”. These words stand in connection to the call that Pastor Marshall received from the Lord which lead him to move from his home in Brooklyn to Atlantic Union College and later to Washington Adventist University, where he received his BA in Theology in 2014.

After graduation, he received the call from the Northeastern Conference where he has served from 2014-present as both Chaplain and Bible Teacher for Northeastern Academy and South Brooklyn Academy. In 2017, he was called to his first pastoral assignment as the Assistant Pastor of the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church, under the tutelage of Dr. Ainsworth E. Joseph. Cory’s hope is to ignite an enthusiasm and passion for Christ and ministry into those he has been called to both lead and serve.

Pastor Marshall also holds three graduate degrees from Liberty University. The most recent of these academic achievements is the Doctor of Ministry degree which he attained in June 2020. He is married to the former Nathalie Rodriguez, and together they are the proud parents of one daughter, Karis Sofia Marshall.

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Alvaro Stewart

First Elder

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