Apison Seventh-day Adventist Church Pastor Dies on Mission Trip in Panama
Leading teens and adults, Jeff Brown collapsed during afternoon outing (Posted July 19, 2013)
A Seventh-day Adventist pastor who was leading an evangelistic outreach in Panama died suddenly after collapsing during an outing. Jeff Brown, age 57, pastor of the Apison (Tennessee) Church, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, officials of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference said.
According to Apison church elder Glen Wintermeyer, writing on the church’s website, “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.”
Wintermeyer said Brown 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.”
According to the announcement, Brown and his wife, Joy, have two adult children: Beth, married to Bradley Lasley, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Zach, temporarily in Alaska. He came to Apison as pastor in August 2010, having previously served in Lakeland/Valdosta, conference officials said.
Funeral details are pending, Wintermeyer reported.
-- Adventist Review staff, with information from Georgia-Cumberland Conference