We are deeply saddened to announce that Jeff Brown, pastor of the Apison (Tenn.) Church, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, while leading a ShareHim
evangelistic outreach in Panama.
The group of teen speakers and adult sponsors from the Apison Church were returning from a half-day outing, having hiked to a local waterfall. On the way back, the group stopped to rest and share a few snacks. Pastor Brown was in his element, mentoring young people in evangelism and now enjoying the natural beauty of Central America.
He commented, "Isn't this beautiful!" then suddenly collapsed. The group immediately started CPR and sent for help, continuing for over an hour until the rescue team arrived. He never regained consciousness.
The US Embassy is assisting with repatriation, but has advised that could take several weeks. Funeral arrangements, when finalized, will be posted here.
Jeff and his wife, Joy, have two adult children: Beth, married to Bradley Lasley, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Zach, temporarily in Alaska.
Our hearts unite in prayer upholding this family. We renew our commitment to sharing the same Good News that was the heartbeat of Jeff's life and ministry. Indeed, come quickly, Lord Jesus!
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