My Faith, My Rock: Conversation with Deacon Evelyn Brown
My guest today, I am very fond of and love dearly. She is Deacon Evelyn Brown, born in Macon, Georgia LIVING CLOSE TO THE LATE AND INFAMOUS….(we’ll let her share that legendary person).. She spent the first 15 years of her life in Macon, Georgia, before relocating to Cleveland, OH. A graduate of John Adams High School, then Programming and Systems Institute Technical, Deacon began her 28-1/2 year career with AT&T as a tape librarian. She reminds us that “technology back then was not as sophisticated as today. Data was stored on magnetic tapes, microfilm, paper tape, disk drives and punched paper cards!” All of which I remember well. Today, it’s all stored in THE CLOUD. My my my, how times have changed! After moving up the ladder, all the way to Telecommunications Supervisor, Deacon Evelyn retired in 1998. On to her second career in Information Technology with Nextel, currently known as Sprint Nextel, where she was eventually laid off in 2005. Nevertheless, she landed on her feet once again….this time, in the fitness industry, at the YMCA. She started working out on a regular basis, participating in various fitness programs and classes at the local YMCA. Her spiritual journey started as a little girl surrounded by her family of strong believers of the Christian faith. Unfortunately, the move from Georgia to Ohio interrupted consistent daily and weekly praise and worship, until landing at a church in Alpharetta, Georgia. AND THEN, her late husband, Willie, accepted a job transfer to the Washington DC area, and the church search was on again. This time God paved their way to MLK Christian Church in Reston, VA where my parents Reverends Jean and Clyde pastor. Deacon’s family of 4 started there over 40 years ago. Today, Deacon Evelyn serves and attends MLK Christian without her late husband, Willie, and daughter, Anita. Both gone too soon. God rest their souls. Through it all, Deacon Evelyn shares, “my faith has grown exponentially!” I am Billy Yancey. God is THE GOAT!
With Anabo, Billy brings a pioneering approach to fitness and health to the Coastal Virginia area and beyond with his personalized and timed technique. As a business owner, Billy remained confident and resolute in spite of two divorces, two bankruptcies and the mayhem of the COVID pandemic, and has emerged with a thriving enterprise.
He has produced two books. Rocket Fuel, aimed at helping people battle through adversity, especially young adults, and Anabo Nutrition, a step-by-step guide to achieving excellent health using foundational processes. Billy is currently developing a mobile application for Anabo’s fitness levels with his team and will soon launch a vodcast called “Rocket Fuel: Talent Will Only Get You So Far.”