Rev. Vanessa M. Brown – Senior Pastor
Pastor Vanessa M. Brown is a native New Yorker who has been working in various areas of ministry since her ministry began. The joys of outreach and spreading the “good news” of Jesus Christ has been a driving force for this didactic woman of God for over two decades. There are many things that come to mind when one considers this faithful woman of God. Whether she is gracing international platforms or spearheading local community “grassroots” efforts, Pastor Brown serves in her authentic truth.
Having being duly licensed and ordained, she is currently the Senior Pastor of Rivers of Living Water, a radically inclusive ministry in Harlem and Rivers of Living Water, Newark, NJ. Pastor Brown is a part of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM) where the presiding prelate is Bishop Yvette A. Flunder. In July 2013, Pastor Brown was elevated to Episcopal Liaison of the North East Region of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries. Serving faith based institutions and community based organizations from Philadelphia to Maine.
Pastor Brown has received her Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership from Pacific School of Religion (Berekely, CA) and is currently a candidate for her Masters of Divinity at New York Theological Seminary, set to graduate May, 20, 2017. Pastor Brown is a humble and vibrant servant leader whose divine calling is intertwined with her innovative and creative methods as a preacher of the gospel, and a creative producer, stage manager and events coordinator by profession.
Her love and compassion for the marginalized community has been featured in the NY Times (May 2012), AutoStraddle, (May 2012), The Root, 20 Black Movers & Shakers (June 2012), Norwegian TV2 (Oct. 2012) and most recently, Go Magazine, (December/January, 2012, Leaders of the Pack, June 2014, 100 Women We Love.
Ministry is at the forefront of her life as her heart and passion are in spreading the inclusive message of God’s love for all. “With this inclusive love we can and will experience God’s extravagant welcome to us in the Kin-dom”.
Rev. Twanna T. Gause – Associate Pastor
Twanna T. Gause is the Elect Lady/Associate Pastor of Rivers of Living Water NY, NYC and Rivers of Living Water NJ, Newark, NJ. She is the Pastor of Worship and Spiritual Development, and the East Coast National Minister of Music for the Fellowship of Churches. She was licensed and ordained in Church of God in Christ at 20 years of age. Receiving her prophetic call, she began her prophetic ministry and training under Higher Calling School of The Prophet. She received an Associates Degree in Social Science graduating with honors from Essex County College, NJ and currently pursuing her BA in Social Work.
In her early years she was formally trained as a jazz drummer. Her youth afforded her an opportunity to work with the UNCF and the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars. As a singer, she has graced the stage with such notables as Mariah Carey, Anthony Hamilton, Ann Nesby, Kim Burrell, and Karen Clark-Sheard, Earnest Pugh, B.Chase Williams and Shabach, Meitta Stancil-Farrar and Tehillah, Saturday Night Live and MTV Unplugged with Florence and the Machine and Stevie Wonder. Also, she is a Wardrobe and Wig Supervisor, having worked with such artists as “3 Mo’ Divas,” “Ronald K Brown, Evidence Dance Company” and the “Apollo Theater.” She has assisted more than a few artists like Jay-Z, Fantasia, Jennifer Holiday, Jazz singer Nneena Freelon, the comedian Mo’Nique and Steve Harvey.
As an actress the movie “Lean on Me” and “Forever Blessed.” Among the many creative talents, she has written a soon to be released play, entitled, “From the Inside Out”. She lives by two quotes, “I challenge myself to change the lives of people I come in contact with by coming in contact with myself” and “to myself I will remain truthful.”