- Fredrick E. Brabson, Sr.Senior Pastor
Fredrick E. Brabson Sr. is a native of Detroit Michigan but with affection refers to Knoxville as his home. He is the Senior Pastor of the New Covenant Baptist Church.
Pastor Brabson’s ministry experience includes current service as the Senior Pastor of the New Covenant Baptist Church located in West Knoxville for the past 26 years. This includes many outreach ministries such as Evangelism, Water Angels Homeless Ministry, Knox County Christian Women’s Job Corps, and Knox County Detention Center for Women and the University Of Tennessee. Pastor Brabson has served as a member on the Board of Directors for the Knoxville Interdenominational Bible Institute. Other areas of service have included Scholarship Chairman for the Knoxville District, Director of Evangelism for Knox County Association of Baptist; Director for Black Church Extension; Vision Pastors Network (TBC); the African American Fellowship of the TBC and a member of the Tennessee BM&E Convention, Tennessee Baptist Convention Executive Board and served on the Advisory Board for the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board.
Pastor Brabson is the founder of Relevant Word Ministry which can be seen weekly on the IHope TV (Channel 241); WVLR/CTN (Channel 48).
Having a heart for missions, Pastor Brabson has served on the mission fields and preached in several churches in St. Catherine Parish, Linstead, Jamaica. As Pastor he has lead our church in missions both home and abroad. He attended Johnson University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude receiving a dual degree in Leadership Ministry and Biblical Studies. Pastor Brabson is also co-author of the book entitled, “If The Shoe Fits”. His desire is to be an impact Christian for the Lord Jesus Christ whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Fredrick has been married to Delores F. Brabson for over 41 years; they have 2 adult sons, Fredrick II (Carina), and Nicholas (Amber) and are the proud grandparents of Nicholas Jr.; Fredrick “Trey”; Ava Selina; and Kadence Wade Brabson.
- First Lady Delores BrabsonFirst Lady and WMU Director
Mrs. Brabson is saved and loves the Lord. She was saved in October 1980 and has ever since lived her life for Jesus Christ.
She is married to Pastor Fredrick Brabson, Sr. whom she has been married to for over 41 years. They have 2 adult sons, Fredrick II (Carina), and Nicholas (Amber). She is the proud grandmother of Nicholas Jr.; Fredrick “Trey”; Ava Selina; and Kadence Wade Brabson.
Delores serves in various areas of ministry at New Covenant Those ministries includes Marriage Counseling, Women’s Mentor, Minister’s Wives Leader and Total Family Ministry Leader. Mrs. Brabson has served as the Women’s Missionary Union Chairperson at New Covenant and on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council for the Knox County Christian Women's Job Corps (A Hand Up for Women). She also served as a mentor to a participant in the Knox County Christian Women’s Job Corps (A Hand-Up for Women). She has been a speaker at various conferences. Delores has served on the Jamaica Mission Team as Mission Conference Leader and keynote speaker for the Jamaican Women’s Conference.
She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Human Resources and is a retired employee of the United States Department of Energy in Oak Ridge, TN. Mrs. Brabson worked for 35 years in federal service.
- Julia McGlownMinistry Assistant, Manager & Office Administration
Julia McGlown a native of Chicago, Illinois relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1992 and joined New Covenant Baptist Church in 1994.
Ms. McGlown wholeheartedly loves the Lord and enjoys serving as Ministry Assistant to the Senior Pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church for over 23 years, as well as the Manager of Office and Ministerial Support. As one of the lay-ministers at New Covenant, Ms. McGlown serves in the Education Ministry as a discipleship counselor; certified inductive bible study instructor; youth bible study teacher; and women’s bible study facilitator.
Having a passion for missions, Ms. McGlown missionary journey has taken her to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (City of God); Linstead, Jamaica (St. Catherine Parish); as well as the inner city of Cincinnati, Ohio; Knoxville and Memphis, Tennessee. She has served on the Jamaica Mission Team as Mission Administrator and conference leader for the Jamaica Mission Women’s Conference. She is the Student Mission Coordinator and Team Leader for students serving short-term international and stateside missions.
Ms. McGlown is a conference speaker for women and youth. She has served as the Multi-Cultural Specialist for the Knox County Association of Baptist’s Women Missionary Union and as a mentor for the Knox County Association of Baptist’s Christian Women’s Job Corps (A Hands Up for Women).
A graduate of Tusculum College, she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management Organization and a dual Master of Arts Degree in Human Resource Development and Education.
She have three adult children (Erselena, Michael, and Michelle) and is the proud “gran-me” of two granddaughters (Madison Giselle and Victoria Austin).
Attributing her personal, professional, social and spiritual success to the Lord, Ms. McGlown loves sharing her birth verse: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20); as well as her philosophy on life: When your will is finally submitted to God’s will, there is a freedom that was never there before, there is a deep sense of destiny, in knowing why you were born and what you were made for.
- Johnnie CannonAssociate Minister/Missions
Minister Johnnie B. Cannon is an Associate Minister at New Covenant Baptist Church. After laboring in the Lord’s vineyard for many years at Logan Temple AME Zion Church and serving as Preacher’s Steward and Exhorter, the Lord led him to New Covenant in May 2007.
Minister Cannon (originally from Columbus, Georgia) received his B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee Institute in 1970 and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) also in Mechanical engineering in 1972 and 1975, respectfully. He has taken seminary classes at the Knox County Baptist Extension Center.
Minister Cannon is retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory after 38 years, where he worked in various research and managerial positions. He has volunteered at Knoxville College and Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce. Currently he participates in the Water Angels Ministry, trains New Covenant Family Bible Hour teachers, and leads the New Covenant Missions Ministry. He is trained as a Stephen Minister and volunteers at Fort Sanders Hospital to bring comfort to the patients and their family and friends.
Minister Cannon has been married to Sandra D. Cannon since 1969, and they are the parents of three adult children (Alan Cannon, Loran Gadson, and Jana Fitts) and have four grandchildren (Aniya Cannon, Austen Cannon, Joshua Gadson, and deceased grandson Justin Gadson). The Cannon family is committed to serving God through prayer, outreach in their communities, and sharing God’s word with all.
- Michael ClausellAssociate Minister
I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ. Ephesians 3:7-8 (NIV)
Minister Clausell joined New Covenant Baptist Church on July 10, 2011. He was ordained as a Deacon on March 8, 2015. He acknowledged his call to the gospel ministry on January 7, 2019 and was licensed to preach on May 5, 2019. He serves as Associate Minister and coordinator of the Men’s Ministry Sunday Morning Bible Study.
A native of Mobile, Alabama where he met his wife of 43 years, Sister Janita Clausell. They have 2 adult sons, Michael (Kerekia) and Tim (Alisha); and 3 grandchildren Michael, Kyra and Kynslei.
- Steve JonesYouth Ministry Director:Steven Jones is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He transplanted to Knoxville in 1999 and it was at this time he accepted Christ as his Savior.He is and has been involved in several ministries at NCBC. He currently serves as the 3G Youth Ministry Director. Steven has been employed through the Knox County School system as a middle school teacher since 2003. He is a father of two and a grandfather.
- Marcus OliverWorship Leader
Marcus Oliver II was born in Memphis, Tennessee but as a child in an Army family grow up in many different churches early in his childhood. Having a passion for singing for the Lord, Marcus grew up singing and playing drums for the youth choirs of the various churches he attended.
Moving to Knoxville, Tennessee to attend the University of Tennessee, Marcus joined the Total Family Ministry of New Covenant in 2005. Currently serving as one of the worship leaders at New Covenant, Marcus lead the adult choir and congregation in praise and worship. He also plays rhythm guitar with the male chorus.
Answering the call to serve on the Men’s Mission Team in St. Catherine Parish Jamaica, after visiting Bogwalk Jamaica on a mission trip, he decided he wanted to do more and spread God’s redeeming message through singing his praises and worshiping with his people worldwide. Marcus feel we as Christians fall short when we don’t give God all the glory for and says he just want to use the gifts God has given him to draw others to the Lord’s saving grace.
Marcus truly believes the Lord can do tremendous things with our little. He favorite saying is “Give it to God and watch him work. Marcus believes Psalms 59:16 and 1 Peter 5:6 personifies his approach to praise.
“But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.” Psalms 59:16 KJV
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” 1 Peter 5:6 KJV
Marcus is married to India B. Oliver and they are the proud parents of four sons – Zion, Israel, Noah and Isaac.
- Sonia RobertsWorship Leader
Sonia Roberts has been a committed member of the New Covenant Baptist Church family since 1999 and has continued to pursue a life dedicated to Ministry. She faithfully serves as one of the Worship Leader and a faithful servant in various other ministries at New Covenant Baptist Church including: (serving short-term mission state side and international).
Sonia is a native of Memphis, Tennessee which she relocated to Knoxville in 1992 with her loving parents (Vickie and Charlie Maynard) as a teen.
Sonia has always believed that, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. Her greatest joy was accepting Christ as her Lord and Savior, becoming the proud mother of her two loving children Emmanuel and Jaonia and a mother to her (niece) Savannah. Also, a proud “GLAMMA” to Carter and Amelia. In addition, another great JOY is being able to “singing a new song to the Lord” Psalm 96:1.
Sonia’s has always loved music and she knew from an early age that God had a calling upon her life to sing for Him. Sonia started singing at the age of 3 and has continue since then. Sonia believes that being a worship leader is a serious calling and she takes that calling seriously. She equally believes that worship is essential in the life of every believer. She describes worship as expressing our love, adoration, gratitude, and thankfulness to God. Psalm 101:1 declares, “I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise” and Psalm 105:2 say’s, “Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts”. She’s dedicated to living her life with the calling of adoration and praise to the Father Jesus Christ and understands it a privilege to be used by the Most High, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.