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Cleveland Brown was born in Old Salem, Alabama which is a little country community about nine miles northwest of Monroeville, Alabama in Monroe County. He accepted Christ as his savior at the age of nine, preached his first sermon when fifteen, was licensed to preach at age sixteen and was ordained at the age of nineteen. Cleveland graduate from Monroe County High School in 1963 and graduated from Mobile College in 1969 with a BA degree consisting of a double major (Religion and English) and a double minor (History and Philosophy). The following year (1970) he received a MS degree from Livingston University with a major emphasis in literature. Then he received Class “A” secondary teacher certification in English and Social Studies and a Class “A” certification in administration and supervision from Troy State University. Cleveland later received Class “A” and Class “AA” certification in Marketing and Marketing Education from Auburn University.
Since retiring from thirty-one years of teaching in Monroe, Barbour, Butler and Conecuh counties and more than fifty years of serving as pastor of various Southern Baptist churches in Monroe, Clark, Conecuh and Covington counties and serving as the Director of Missions for the Conecuh County Baptist Association, he has devoted more of his time to pursuing his writing and photography. Three of his photographs have won awards in the Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Cleveland began writing poetry about four years ago and several of his poems have won awards in the Alabama State Poetry Society contests and the Pensters writing group contests. Writing both gospel and secular songs and playing guitar are also an enjoyable part of his creative endeavors. He also serves a supply preacher and interim pastor when needed.
Cleveland is a member of the Eastern Shore Camera Club and the Pensters writing group, both of which are in Fairhope, Alabama. He is also a member of the Alabama Writers Forum and the Alabama State Poetry Society.