About Us

About the Chaplain

The Reverend Alexis Brown is an Elder in the Baltimore Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church. She currently serves as the United Methodist Chaplain at Howard University in local connection with Asbury United Methodist Church, located in Washington, DC.

Alexis has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University (2006) and a Master of Divinity degree (2015) from Wesley Theological Seminary.

Alexis has been honored to serve in many local and conference-wide capacities. She served as the Dean of the 2016-18 Youth School of Mission u (United Methodist Women). She served as a Board member for the African American Heritage Center (2016-2019). Alexis is also a trained Certified Coach under The Board of Global Ministries. Presently, she severs as a mentor for The Global Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s (GBHEM) Journey Toward Ordained Ministry recipients, and Exploring Candidates for Ministry for The Greater Washington District.

Alexis loves the church, loves to sing, but finds excitement in her family. Alexis loves her family and believes they are her first ministry. Alexis is the proud daughter of the Rev. Kay F. Albury and the late Anderson Smith Jr. Alexis is married to the love of her life, Christopher Brown and they are the proud parents to Sydney, Jordyn, and Kamryn. Her favorite scripture is taken from 2 Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”

E-board Members

Meet the executive board members of the Wesley Foundation at Howard University.

L. DaShawn J. Jones

Sophomore Mathematics Major at Howard University. DaShawn has been preaching the gospel since he was nine years old. DaShawn is a proud member of Mt. Olive AME located in Clearwater, Fl. He serves as the President of the Mt. Olive A.M.E. YPD. He graduated from High School as Valedictorian of his class with a GPA of 4.1. He is the eldest son to Jessica Harris and big brother to JaZiah and Nahvea. He is so happy to leading and serving with the Wesley Foundation at Howard.

Octavia Whitfield

Octavia is a senior Biology and Maternal and Child double major Chemistry minor from Elyria, Ohio. She has had the pleasure of serving on the Angel Tree Project Committee, President of Beacon Liturgical dance Ministry, and conducting research in the Robinson Lab. Octavia grew up in church and has been involved in ministry to some extent since the age of eight. Octavia is excited to serve as a Peer Minister for The Wesley Foundation for this year and is eager to see what excellent things God has in store!

Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson is a Senior, Marketing Major. Born in Nashville, TN, and raised in Dallas, TX. Within the past 2 years, Lauren has served on the leadership team of CAYA Ministries. This past summer, she was also a counselor for the Christian Camp, Kids Across America. Her passion as a Christian and an artist is to bridge the two worlds and serve the Kingdom with design and beauty. Being raised in the church, Lauren sees the importance of sharing the gospel and looks forward to serving Christ within the Howard community.

Become a Member

The Wesley Foundation at Howard wants you! Are you open to new cultures, new ideas, and have a passion to serve? We will see you at Howard!

Board of Directors

Rev. Dr. Paul Johnson, Chair

Rev. Alexis Brown, Campus Minister

Ms. Barinaale Dube, Peer Minister

Ms. Zakiya Austin, Peer Minister

Dr. Arthuree Wright

Rev. Dr. Ianther Mills

Mrs. Julia Maxwell

Ms. Ryane Nickens

Ms. Jeanarta McEachron

Dr. Donna Grant Mills

Rev. Dr. William Chip Aldridge

Rev.Dr. Michael R. Fisher Jr.

Rev. Michael A. Parker II

Mr. Jessie James

Ms. Epiphany Fields (retired Peer Minister, Graduated 2017)

Kaleb Oates (retired Peer Minister, Graduated 2017)

Ms. Jennifer Nnandozi (retired Peer Minister)

Rev. Dr. E. Allen Stewart (Chair, emeritus)

Meet some of The Wesley Foundation Board of Directors

Rev. Dr. Paul Johnson, Board Chair
Senior Pastor of Hughes Memorial UMC
Rev. Michael Parker II, Vice Chair
Senior Pastor of Journey UMC
Rev. Neal Christie
Executive Minister of Connected Engagement