The Reverend Robert L. Brown


"A 'cradle' Episcopalian, I actually grew up at Saint Matthew's before beginning college in the late 1970s. I returned to the parish as the rector in 2003. Prior to seminary I worked as a legislative assistant and aide to Congresswoman Liz Patterson in Washington DC and in Spartanburg.

"I am passionate about the work of the Church to bring about the Kingdom of God. We are called, as faithful witnesses and disciples, to proclaim Christ in every way.  We do this best when our actions match our words. I believe we have a special obligation to the poor and the outcast, and we must serve as Stewards of God's Creation.  I am currently doing doctoral work at Sewanee to sharpen that focus.  My family, the outdoors, and writing round out a very full life." - Rob Brown

A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in History, and an MDiv from Sewanee, The University of the South. Rob is married to Sandra McGee Brown, an operating room nurse, and they have two adult children, Zach and Becca.

The Reverend Mia McDowell


"I came into the Saint Matthew's family on July 1, 2015 to be the Assistant here, and in shared ministry with Church of the Epiphany on the other side of Spartanburg. I graduated from The School of Theology at The University of the South, Sewanee in May of 2015.

"I am passionate about how beauty, music and, liturgy have the power to help those who follow Jesus Christ experience the majesty and love God has for all His creation. I take special interest in the areas of pastoral care, and spirituality, especially the balance between vocation, silence and stillness in our lives." - Mia McDowell

Deacon Mia, is a native of Greenville, SC daughter to Linda, sister of Corky, Auntie of Dravon, and "Mama Alpha Dog" to Mr. Sonny.