Rev. Samford C. Brown is the founder and President of the Holy Land Peace Fellowship Foundation (HLPFF). As a gospel preacher of peace to the nations, Rev. Brown founded Victory Deliverance Temple Church of Jesus Christ, where he pastored for over 25 years. More recently, he started and pastors, Master’s Table International Ministries, located in Columbia, MD. In addition, Rev. Brown is the District Elder over three churches in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith (PCAF). Finally, he has helped establish and oversees several churches in West Africa. Outside of the ministry, Rev. Brown is the CEO of SCB Connections Intercontinental, where he uses strategic partnerships to connect businesses to parts of Africa.
Rev. Brown believes in the transformative power of prayer. His philosophy is that we all should be an agent of love, hope, and peace. Our lives should spark the light of hope and peace, to shine in this dark world of hatred and sin.
“I strongly believe that people need to expand the scope of their thinking and engage in multicultural activities. This will create a deeper understanding of how other people think and live in the world. The Holy Land Peace Fellowship Foundation’s aim is to promote a lasting peace through fellowship and service. I challenge you; my friends, join HLPFF and be a peacemaker. Seek peace first. Follow peace with all men. The Bible says Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. Go and proclaim the gospel of peace all around the world.” – Rev. Samford C. Brown
Rev. Brown receives a Governor Citation from Maryland's Governor, Martin O'Malley presented by Prince Georges County Clerk, Marilynn Bland.
Vice President, Melvin Haft
Mr. Haft is formerly the Senior Associate for Global Peace Foundation’s (GPF) Interfaith Division and former Director Office of Strategic Partnerships, an international organization that promotes three pillars: conflict resolution through interfaith dialogue and activities, family values, and volunteerism. GPF’s theme is One Family under God. As a graduate from Unification Theological Seminary with a Masters Degree in Religious Education, Mr. Haft was an instructor for Prince George’s Community College, Sage Program from 2007– 2010 teaching courses on Comparative World Religions and a course on The Great Peacemakers. With Dr. Rabbi Ben-Ami, a renowned civil rights leader and Chairman of the American Forum for Jewish-Christian Cooperation (AFJCC), Mr. Haft, as its Executive Vice President, held inaugural prayers and interfaith programs in Washington, DC.
Mr. Haft with his wife Holly Sherman Haft is the State Director of National Parent’s Day and former Maryland State Director for Free Teens USA, teaching HIV-AIDS, STD and Pregnancy prevention programs working with PG County high school’s health teachers and school counselors.
During his earlier years, from 1982-86, Mr. Haft was the Interfaith Program Coordinator for the Youth Seminar on World Religions. He traveled the world leading groups of 150 international and interfaith students and religious scholars in studying the world religions in their historical settings with the theme World Peace through Religious Dialogue and Harmony. Mr. Haft has traveled extensively throughout the world, including many times to the Holy Land, and has met with religious figures such as Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama, Orthodox Patriarchs, Chief Rabbis, Imams, Catholic Cardinals and Hindu Swamis as well as many sitting and former heads of state.
Mel and Holly Haft have three married children and two grandchildren.
Vice President Haft
Scripture reading in Hebrew at the July 13th, Prayer Service for the Peace of Jerusalem.
Mr. Haft with Ms. Isti Mitchell and Dr. Robin Harris
A Prayer Service for the Peace of Jerusalem July 13th, 2014
Advisory Member, Dr. Joseph (Sherwood) McGinnis
Dr. McGinnis worked as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department for 30 years in various positions that took him to several countries around the world. Dr. McGinnis has also served as the U.S Deputy Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He has given numerous "Great Decisions" lectures (part of a national lecture series) on topics such as The Role of the Special Envoy and Promoting Democracy.
Dr. Joseph (Sherwood) McGinnis
Chief Patron, Mrs. Barbara Brown, [2014-2016]
First Lady Barbara Brown was the former treasurer and chief patron of HLPFF. Her presence will be deeply missed, but her light will continue to shine through the great work of our foundation.
Lady Brown was a great and beloved wife, mother, and friend. She made her victorious transition from this side of life on Sunday March 27, 2016. She is be survived by her loving husband, Rev. Samford C. Brown, her children and countless other family members and friends.
Mrs. Brown with Donna Schuller
A Prayer Service for the Peace of Jerusalem July 13th, 2014
Former Board Member, Lt. Colonel Consuello A. Hodges
Lieutenant Colonel Consuello A. Hodges is the founder of Life Giving Christian Ministries; a Global Outreach Foundation located in Atlanta, GA committed to “Spiritual Development and Community Advocacy”. As the former Youth Pastor of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, CO., Lieutenant Colonel Hodges, and his wife Melissa have dedicated their lives to finding new ways to reach young people.
Lieutenant Colonel Hodges is an Active Duty officer in the United States Army, currently serving as the Director of Cyber Security for the 335th Signal Command, in Atlanta GA. He currently holds a Masters of Art in Theology and will soon complete his Masters in Divinity from Liberty University Seminary. He considers the opportunity to speak to young adults and youth one of the highest callings and greatest rewards. As Youth Works Chairman of the Colorado Springs Branch NAACP, he and his Youth Council were recognized with one of the city’s most coveted awards “Red Cross Youth Group of the year in 2013.” He has been pastoring youth for over 8 years before becoming the Senior Pastor at Cardinal Creek Chapel, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, where he accomplished a tremendous work serving the spiritual needs of the community and parishioners. He understands the sensitivities of ministering in a multi-faith environment. He is a highly effective coach and counselor and comes highly recommended across the country to speak and talk about Unity, Community, and Leadership. Lieutenant Colonel Hodges has served on multiple boards and committees to include Pikes Peak Boy Scout Council, Executive Committee NAACP as the Public Relations and Communications Chair. Although Lieutenant Colonel Hodges travels with his military job, he is a big advocate for the community, and despite hopping around from place to place for the last 20 years of his military career, he has made it a goal to give back to every community he's lived in or visited and, he encourages others to do the same.
"My job is to develop young people into resources, advocates and servants participating in a cause in their community where they are the difference” - Colonel Hodges
Lt. Colonel Consuello A. Hodges
Former Board Member, Rabbi Mark Raphael
Rabbi Mark Raphael served congregations in Windsor, CT., Binghamton, NY., and Gaithersburg, MD., during 31 years of pulpit leadership. He retired from leading congregations in 2012. He began his formal chaplaincy training at Shady Grove Hospital and continued his Clinical Pastoral Education at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. A graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts (1974), he received M.A.s in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies, in addition to his ordination in 1981 (and a D.D. honoris causa in 2007) from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Mark presently works part-time at Washington Hospital Center and the DC V.A. hospital, as well as working for the Jewish Social Service Agency doing chaplaincy in Senior Residence Communities. Rabbi Raphael lives in Montgomery Village, MD with his wife Diane and his son Tali, who recently received his M.A. from University of Maryland.
We want to extend a very special thanks to our friend and devoted board member Rabbi Mark Rafael. He served on the HLPFF Executive Board for the past 3 years, and we must show our gratitude for his dedication and service. Although he had to step down from his position, his impact in the work HLPFF is doing, will still carry-on.