Minister Fred Brown, of Blanco, was presented with his 50-year lawyer pin and certificate as a surprise for his 82nd birthday.

Horace F. “Fred” Brown, a minister at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Blanco, was presented with a surprise on his 82nd birthday—his 50-year-lawyer pin and certificate.

Brown, who received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law, practiced general legal matters, mostly litigation, with his father for more than two decades. While working as an attorney, he began doing prison ministries and gradually took to his current calling as a minister.

Brown served in the U.S. Navy in the Navy SEALs after graduating from Sewanee College. While serving in France, he was in a horrific motorcycle crash that required him to spend three years in hospitals, much of that time at the burn center in San Antonio. He attended St. Mary’s to get his law degree upon release.