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Charlotte Marie Brandon

June 27, 1945 ~ July 2, 2018 (age 73)

Mother Charlotte M. Brandon, affectionately known as Mama Charlotte, was saved at the age of twelve at St. Paul Church of God in Christ (COGIC) under the leadership of the late Bishop J.C. Foster. Mother Brandon later transitioned to Williams Temple COGIC, which was renamed Walker Temple COGIC under the leadership of her current pastor, Supt. Mack L. Walker, Sr. Mother Brandon has served in numerous positions at Walker Temple, the Alberta District, under the leadership of the late Supt. Erwin Wilson, and Oregon 1st Jurisdiction under the auspices of the Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop A.R. Hopkins, Sr. Mother Brandon had the distinct honor of being mentored by the late Mother Elsie Shaw, International Prayer Leader for COGIC, and the late Mother Gertrude Young, Supervisor of Women for the Washington State Jurisdiction.

Mother Brandon served as Chairlady of the Young Peoples Willing Workers Department (YPWW), District soloist for the Alberta District, State Sunday School Field Representative, and Adjutant to the late Supervisor Della Mae Johnson. She served as President of the We Twelve, Assistant Program Coordinator for Oregon 1st Jurisdiction Women’s Department, and State
Minister of Music. Mother Brandon also served as Chairperson for the Women’s Executive Board. In 2005, Mother Brandon was selected by Bishop Hopkins to serve as the Jurisdictional Supervisor of Women for Oregon 1st Jurisdiction and was installed by Mother Willie Mae Rivers, General Supervisor of Women COGIC emeritus.

In 2009, Mother Brandon was appointed to the National Advisory Board of the International Women’s Department and in 2010 she was chosen to serve on the National Executive Board of Women with the responsibility to provide leadership, training, and mentoring to Jurisdictional Supervisors, Women in Leadership and lay women around the world. In 2012, she was appointed to serve on the Women’s International Examination Board and in 2015 Mother Rivers chose Mother Brandon to serve as the Vice Chairperson of the National Examining and Orientation Board. Mother Brandon also serves as a member of the National Grievance Committee.

Mother Brandon is known for her openness, transparency, and willingness to share not only her successes, but failures as well. She authentically and genuinely cares about people and endeavors to inspire individuals to reach their greatest potential in the church and secular realm. Mother Brandon is an avid reader and conveys her knowledge to women with the purpose to edify, uplift, and encourage them to be holy women of God by reaching them where they are with love and compassion. Mother Brandon is also the author of two books, “I do embody ALL of” and “The Fruit of the Spirit”. She also writes a daily devotional of encouragement entitled, “Manifestation of the Fruit”.

Mother Brandon is a dynamic and powerful speaker and gives talks, presentations, workshops, seminars, and sermons at churches, colleges and universities, student groups, Black History Month events, women’s groups as well as national and international conferences and conventions.

Mother Brandon was honored to bring the commencement speech to the Jefferson High School graduating class of 2011 and speak to the Black Student Union at the University of Oregon.

In 1996 Mother Brandon cast the vision and played a major role in establishing the Mothers of Professional Basketball Players, Inc. (MPBP), a national organization dedicated to investing in the human soul through charitable works, fundraising, and serving as mentors to new mothers in the world of professional basketball. Mother Brandon is an accomplished entrepreneur as the owner and operator “Char-Gal”, a hat and accessories boutique. She worked for fifteen years as an assistant social worker with the Waverly Children’s Home; she also worked with abused children in shelter care, and collaborated with various community partners to provide safety for children. In 2004, Mother Brandon was selected to serve as a Board Member for Prevent Child Abuse America, a national organization committed to preventing child abuse and neglect. In 2008 Mother Brandon was miraculously healed of both liver and colon cancer and remains steadfastly committed to her work with the National Cancer Society. Mother Brandon served as Board Member of the National Red Cross and worked with the Planned Parent Organization. Mother Brandon currently serves as Vice-President of Tee Bee Enterprises, Inc., the umbrella for a consortium of business entities in the United States.

In 2011 Mother Brandon birthed the vision of Women Are Worthy, a mentoring program dedicated to promoting self-awareness in women. The mission of Women Are Worthy is to empower women to initiate positive change, assist women to augment their potential, assist in the spiritual and emotional development of women, and enhance personal growth. Mother Brandon strongly believes in the empowerment of women and that every woman can fulfill their destiny.

Mother Brandon has received numerous accolades for her outstanding work; the Eagle Award at the COGIC National Leadership Conference and the Unstoppable Woman Award from Mount Calvary Christian Center COGIC, in Seattle, WA. Mother Brandon’s future endeavor is to obtain her Associates of Arts Degree and continue her pursuit of education.

Mother Brandon is the proud wife of Elder Charley Brandon who serves as the First Assistant Pastor of Walker Temple COGIC and they have been married for over 50 years. Mother Brandon and her husband have two children; daughter Evangelist Missionary Tracy Brandon-Crittenden married to Elder Gene Crittenden, Jr., Youth Pastor at Walker Temple COGIC, and son Thomas Terrell Brandon, a two-time NBA All Star rated the best point guard in the NBA in 1997 by Sports Illustrated. He is also the President/CEO of Tee Bee
Enterprises; Inc. Mother Brandon is the proud grandmother of five beloved grandchildren; Quiana Crittenden, Channelle Crittenden, Trevor Brandon, Terrell Jr. Brandon, and Ava Brandon. Spiritual grandchildren, Melisha, Mercier, Ola Johnson. Three Goddaughters, Evangelist Missionary Shawn Daniels, Jenea Dennis, Jelinda Johnson. Four Spiritual daughters; First Lady Janice Norris, Pastor April Murchinson, First Lady Kelley Allison, Sister Anisa Branco-Perkins, Personal Adjutant Deaconess Msn. Dorene Jones. Two Spiritual sons; and Elder Rodrick Lightner and Deacon Michael McGee. “The Girlfriends” for life; Msn. Diane Tate, and Mother Laura Howard, preceded in death Msn. Dorothy Moore.

 

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