In 1996 while acting as a Pulpit Minister under Rev. Benjamin Stanley Baker of the New Light Baptist Church, our Pastor, Ocie L. Brown, Jr., received a call from God to begin a new church. After he discussed the matter with his pastor, he began to hold meetings with several of those that he considered his closest friends concerning his calling. In October of 1996 the small group wrote up cooperation papers and decided on a name for this New Church:
Universal Transformation Ministries.
To teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people, so that the word of God may transform their lives to spread the good news throughout the world.
Empowerment – to teach people to seek God’s kingdom (Matthew 6:33)
Transformation – to teach people to study the word, meditate on the word, pray on the word, and live the word (Matthew 28:1-20) to teach people to live a Christian life (Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8, Collosians3:8-10)
Gospel – to furnish people with the good news so that they will be adequately equipped to live a Godly life (II Timothy 3:15-17)
That all things concerning the church be done decently and in
That all things be done with love
That all things be done to edify the body of Christ
That all things are done in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
They found a building to hold services in on James Couzens. In February of 1997 the church held its’ Covenant Service. Rev. Horace Sheffield III was the speaker. There was standing room only, as many of the members and friends of New Light Baptist were in attendance.
At that point, the work of the Lord truly began. The church remained in that small location for two years, until it moved to a slightly larger space few doors away. Two years later, Universal
Ministries purchased its’ first building which we still occupy at 19901 James Couzens.
Each year, an Anniversary Celebration occurs.
The passing of Pastor Brown (obituary excerpt):
"Ocie went home to be with the Lord on Thursday -March 23, 2017 after a long battle with Dementia. He was preceded in his transition by his daughter, Stacey; granddaughter, London: and his parents."
UTM remains open and is moving forward under the leadership of his widow: Linda Brown. Also, his son: Joseph and daughter-in-law Chelsea are active members in the church. Together, with the other church members, they continue to carry on the vision of spreading the gospel throughout the universe.