From their respective midwestern genesis in the 1930s, Kennedy and Janelle met and married in Tucson, Arizona. Moving to Hawaii in 1973 they surrendered to Jesus as Lord in Kona, Hawaii. That same year they “hit the deck running” and soon became known as innovators and truth seekers.
Like Caleb in Numbers, Chapter 14, Kennedy Brown in his eighth decade is still taking new territory as he follows the Lord. A first for both the Browns in 2014 is their status of being “first-time authors.” Kennedy penned “The Matriculation of the Messianic Man,” and Janelle authored “Hebrew Harbingers: Offering Life from the Ancient Roots of the Christian Faith.” The urgency of their message propelled them to leave the security of the familiar and launch into uncharted territory. They purposed to carefully research God’s “navigational charts” in the Bible to keep them on track.
Kennedy Brown was born in Iowa in 1930. Raised in the Methodist Church, he was dramatically born again and Holy Spirit-baptized in Kona, Hawaii, in 1973. Educated as an attorney, he practiced law and real estate in Arizona and Hawaii.
Janelle Wiseman Brown was born on a midwestern farm in 1936. Also raised as a Methodist, she came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ two weeks before Kennedy. By education and practice, she is an elementary school teacher.
Soon after their conversion, they received a prophecy that they were called to experience God’s ways but to present these revelations with fresh language and a “revitalized look.” The Browns’ mission was to let the Holy Spirit breathe life on timeless truths to make the message relevant and inviting.
In 1983 they created the radio series, Mission Possible, taking the im from the word, impossible. Out of this program, came Mission Possible Bookstore in North Florida, and they became known as Mission Possible People. Their marriage of 59 adventurous years is the best credential for their title.
The sale of their bookstore in 1996 allowed them freedom to travel and minister, especially to their family. In 2003, they moved to Tupelo, Mississippi, where they lived near their eldest daughter. There, in 2005, they began a house church, and in 2007, God began nudging the house church to explore their Hebraic roots. The Browns’ four-week internship with One New Man Ministries in Israel inspired them to study and experience the purpose of the Sabbath, the annual feasts appointed by God, and the freedom of living “within” the protection of God’s law instead of “under” its imprisonment.
In 2012, the Browns moved to a unique off-the-grid property in Tennessee, where the chickens are their nearest neighbors, and the Buffalo River flows merrily along the eastern boundary of their acreage.
Their life message is heart reconciliation with God and with others. Their passion for truth has led them over the years to implement many different strategies to accomplish this purpose. However, first and foremost, they are qualified by the reconciliation they have practiced in their own extended family. One of the key strategies in this endeavor is the nurture of the personal, human spirit, which increases capacity for intimacy with God and strong connections with others.
Always on the lookout for the fresh wind of the Spirit, Kennedy and Janelle are aware their mission is to hear from God and to experience along with others the “new” (ancient) thing, which God is eager to release on earth. They are convinced that they can only teach and give away what they first receive from God. To prevent the Browns from thinking they now have a status of “got-it-all-figured-out,” God periodically “plays the Job card” (Job 42: 3), causing the Browns to admit as born-again Christians, “We thought we knew You well, God, but we didn’t really know that much, did we?” They now feel most comfortable under the current banner, “Always Learning.”
Kennedy and Janelle are continually blessed by the families of their four children, including 13 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. They combine their travel schedule of family visits with the spiritual and physical development of their land, ready for use in God’s Kingdom.
…that the Bible is the divinely inspired and divinely revealed Word of God and is the final authority in faith and practice. (2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1:20-21)
…in one God, His three parts completely unified: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
(Gen 1:26, Deut 6:4, John 1:1-3,10; Mark 1:10-11, 1 Cor 13:14)
…in Jesus Christ, the Messiah (Yeshua Hamashiach), who paid for the sin of every person, so that all who believe in Him might have eternal life. He was conceived by Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. He is true God and true man.
(John 3:16-18, Matt 1:18-25, Luke 1:26-47, Rom 9:1-5)
…in the Holy Spirit’s empowerment of the believer for a practical daily walk with God. We believe we must surrender to this empowerment and expect to receive both gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). The supernatural manifestation of the Holy Spirit available to each believer is for sanctification (separation unto God) and for the work of service. Dreams, visions, and divine revelation are a normal part of the Christian life and must be in agreement with the written word of God.
(Job 33:15-16, 1 Cor 12:1-11, Eph 4:11, Gal 5:22, Acts 2:17, Acts 13:9, Rom 15:16)
…that man was created in the image of God and given authority by God to have dominion of this earth. Because of Adam’s sin, our original design created by God was fractured, and we now take on the image of Adam. Through this fall, each descendant lost their awareness and connection with Father God. Each person must be re-connected to God through personal faith in the Blood sacrifice of their Savior, Jesus Christ. No man can be saved by works, but good works will follow an authentic surrender to Christ. Although the Christian walk is a process, we believe that there must be a conscious decision to confess one’s sins and turn from the darkness of the independent, soulish life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Terms for this change in a person’s life can be called regeneration, being born again, or conversion.
(Gen 1:26-30, Rom 3:23-28, Eph 2:8-9, James 2:18)
…that the result of this change of heart is the creation of the “one new man,” who is neither Jew nor Gentile, but a completely new, spiritual “species” in Christ (Eph 2:15). This new identity completely overshadows and defines the new creature in Christ.
…that it is the responsibility of each believer to use the divinely bestowed spiritual gifts for the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth, being discipled and in turn discipling others. Using the spiritual gifts is an essential part of all ministry for each believer, regardless of their title or position in life.
(1 Cor 12 & 14, Rom 12:6-8, Eph 4:7-16, Mark 16:15-18, Matt 28:18-20)
…that God is restoring all things previously lost to the Body of Believers by the way of revelation and practice, including a proper relationship to Israel and to our Hebraic roots. God is restoring the practice of honoring the Torah as God’s instructions for all people and keeping the seven Biblical feasts as prophetic symbols of Messiah’s work, beginning with redemption and ending with the restoration of all things. This restoration of the “good, ancient way” (Jer 6:16) includes the keeping of the seventh-day Sabbath. The keeping of God’s appointments (Sabbath and the Biblical feasts) is not the basis of salvation, which comes by faith, but obedience demonstrates our love for Jesus and results in aligning our heart and spirit to God’s purposes, and becoming more aware of God’s presence in daily life.
(Acts 3:18-21, Rom 11, esp. verse 18, Lev 23, Num 15:15, Jer 6:16, Ex 20:8-11, Lev 26:2-13, John 14:15-23)
…in the soon-coming, literal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to establish the Kingdom of God on earth to rule and reign with his saints.
(Acts 1:11, Matt 24:29-30, Matt 25:14-21, 1 Cor 6:2-3, 1 Thess 4:16-17, Rev 19-21)
…that we must walk in love and respect toward all people, especially striving for reconciliation when there are grievances within Christ’s Body. Differences in opinion on both essential and non-essential issues are no cause for disrespect and dissension among the brethren. This mutual respect brings glory and honor not only to the Lord, but it establishes a climate of glory and honor among the saints. We believe that a healthy dialogue of differences will prevent fracturing relationships and will maintain a true heart unity among the faithful. This attitude will only be able to be maintained among the believers when we live in the design of the “one new man,” proclaimed by Apostle Paul.
(Ps 133:1, 1 John 4:7-11, John 17:21-26, Eph 4:1-3, Eph 2:15)