Reverend Doctor Rosalynn Kyle Smith Brookins was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is the seventh of ten children. Dr. Brookins was educated in the Little Rock Public School System. Upon graduating from High School, she matriculated to Philander Smith College receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, 1986.
Brookins has a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior from National University, 2009 and a Master’s of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2012. Most recently, she received her Doctorate Degree from Payne Theological Seminary in 2018. Making her the first female to be conferred with the noted degree. Proving herself as a leader among her colleagues, Mrs. Brookins was given the distinct privilege of delivering the commencement speech for her inaugural D. Min. graduating class.
Understanding the importance of leadership, Rev. Brookins successfully completed a two-year certificated Pastoral Leadership Program (Communitas) from Pepperdine University, 2015, and Community Capacity Building, from USC, 2013.
In 2014, Dr. Brookins joined the academic team at Southern California School of Ministry as an Adjunct Professor teaching “Pastoral Care” and “The Gospels.” Dr. Brookins has served as a consultant for student ministers entering into the Board of Examiners for the Southern California Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Dr. Brookins has written articles entitled “The Anointing” and “The Power of Faith” and has co-authored “Daughters of Destiny” an abstinence curriculum for girls. As a part of her Dissertation entitled “The Rebirth of the Woman’s Prophetic Voice: Using Liberation Theology to Impact the Local Congregation,” Dr. Brookins established the first “School of the Prophets” for women. The purpose of this school is to train/empower women on how to properly manage their prophetic gifts.
Dr. Brookins has received awards for outstanding service from the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Top Ladies of Distinction, and NAACP leadership award.
She has been featured in the L.A. Sentinel, PACE News, the LA Focus Newspaper, and the Christian Recorder Newspaper of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Dr. Brookins is a Motivational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Empowerment Coach, and Revivalist. History was made in 2012 when Dr. Brookins became the first Episcopal Supervisor of the Women’s Missionary Society for the African Methodist Episcopal Church to be given a Pastoral Appointment. Prior to being assigned to Parks Chapel, Brookins served the faithful people of Walker Temple A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles, California for seven successful years.
Dr. Brookins is the widow of the late Bishop Hamel Hartford Brookins. She has one son and two children: Sir Wellington Hartford, Steven Hartford, and Rev. Francine Brookins, Esquire.
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