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C.D. Brooks Timeline

By Benjamin Baker

July 24, 1930              Born in Greensboro, North Carolina

1940                            Baptized into Seventh-day Adventist Church

1947                            Realizes calling to become an evangelist

Fall 1947                     Matriculates to Oakwood College

Spring 1951                Graduates from Oakwood College with a bachelors in theology

Summer 1951             Begins ministry as an ministerial intern in Uniontown, PA

September 14, 1952    Marries Walterene Wagner at Ebenezer SDA Church in Philadelphia, PA

1951-1957                   Pastors churches in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey

1957-1959                   Pastors Ephesus SDA Church in Columbus, Ohio

1959-1963                   Pastors Glenville SDA Church in Cleveland, Ohio

1963-1965                   Field secretary of Columbia Union Conference

1966-1971                   Ministerial secretary of Columbia Union Conference

1971                            Becomes a field secretary of General Conference

1972                            Baptizes more than 500 in Jamaica

1973                            Baptizes 243 in Chicago

July 1974                    Becomes speaker-director of Breath of Life Ministries and tapes first telecast

1978                            Evangelist at the Warner Theater effort in Washington, D.C.

1985                            Receives honorary doctorate degree from Andrews University

1989                            Baptizes 520 in Barbados; first Breath of Life church is established outside of                                      U.S.

                                    Breath of Life airs on Black Entertainment Television (BET)

                                    Included on Elfred Lee’s “Christ of the Narrow Way” painting by Elfred                                       Lee commissioned by Ellen G. White Estate

1994                            Inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr., Board of Preachers and Collegium                                        of Scholars at Morehouse College

1995                            Participates in NET ‘95

March-April               Final evangelistic meeting as speaker of Breath of Life, Phoenix, AZ

January 1, 1996           Officially retires as General Conference Field Secretary

Spring 1997                Retires as speaker-director of Breath of Life

October 2007              Bradford-Cleveland-Brooks Leadership Center (BCBLC) is founded at                                       Oakwood University

December 1, 2010       Elected lifetime member of Ellen G. White Estate Board

February 24, 2013       Appointed chaplain of the North American Division

November 2013          Biography C.D.: The Man Behind the Message appears

June 5, 2016                Dies in Laurel, Maryland at age 85