Prior to his assignment to the pastorate of Oak Grove, Dr. Brumfield served as the pastor of Bethel AME Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. He spearheaded the restoration and renovation of Bethel-Indianapolis. Organized by Bishop William Paul Quinn in 1836, Bethel is a National Historic Landmark. Additionally, he led renovation and restoration initiatives at four other AME Churches: Bethel (Liberty, MS); Allen Chapel (Meridian, MS); Allen Chapel (Thibodaux, LA) and Bethel (Baton Rouge, LA).
His vision for Oak Grove includes the acquisition of land on which to construct a new church complex. But, more important than building a cathedral made of bricks and mortar, Dr. Brumfield is committed to enhancing the quality of life and improving the human condition of God’s people by rebuilding families and reshaping communities through discipleship, leadership, fellowship and stewardship.
A passionate advocate for human, political and civil rights, Dr. Brumfield has immersed himself in the affairs of Detroit at a grassroots level and was appointed an advisor to the Former Governor Jennifer Granholm, several Detroit Mayors and to the Detroit Chief of Police. He is also a Deputy with the Wayne County Sheriff Department and Chaplin.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1980 Dr. Brumfield began his ministry in the Eighth Episcopal District (Louisiana and Mississippi) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. During his pastorate at Bethel-Baton Rouge, he helped organize and sponsor the Louisiana Delegation to the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. In 1984, Dr. Brumfield spearheaded the first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration in the state of Mississippi for the city of Meridian. In 1986 he did the same thing in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. The following year, in 1987, he organized the first Juneteenth Celebration in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dr. Brumfield distinguished himself in law enforcement and served on the city and state levels in Louisiana for 14 years. In 1988, the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court appointed him a member of the Louisiana Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. He has also served on the NAACP State Executive Committees in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Dr. Brumfield earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University and holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from Notre Dame Graduate School of Theology. He is a life member of the NAACP, a member of the National Urban League, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, Nu Omega Chapter, Corinthian Lodge #15 – Prince Hall Affiliate, Wolverine Consistory #6 and the United SupremeCouncil A.A.S.R.F. 33*. Married to former Sharon Johnson; father of five.