Rev. Adrian M. Brooks, Sr. is a native of Henderson, Kentucky. He and his wife, First Lady Terry Brooks, have three children: Adrian II, Angel and Austin; and four grandchildren. He is the son of Rev. Dr. Anthony and Alice Brooks, Sr.
He attended the University of Evansville studying religion, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN.
He formerly served as the regional director of the Indiana Small Business Development Corporation.
Rev. Brooks has been a minister since 1980. He has served as the Pastoral Assistant at Seventh Street Baptist Church under the leadership of his father, Dr. Anthony Brooks, Sr. and he served as the Pastor of Calvary Church, both of Henderson, KY.
He has been the pastor of Memorial Baptist Church since 1993. Under his leadership, the congregation has grown to over 4,500 members in thirteen years. One of his greatest joys is saving souls, and the Memorial Church family calls him the “One Begging Soul Searching Preacher.” He also gained the motto: “Emphasis on Souls Not Clothes.” The church offers over 50 ministries to the Evansville community which includes: a Childcare Center, Substance Abuse Counseling, Youth Educational Programs, Family Life Components, Women’s/Men’s Ministries, and many others.
Memorial Baptist Church has served as an effective model of holistic ministry. In 1994, Rev. Brooks founded the Memorial Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization. The MCDC developed a Subway restaurant and operates the Memorial Pointe Healthcare Clinic. The MCDC also owns the Memorial Pointe Senior Housing Complex, and Memorial Townhouses, both with Phases One and Two. Memorial Community Development Corporation operates the House-A-Friend program, which acquires and renovates houses in the center city and then places families in the homes. The MCDC operates the Emergency Home Rehabilitation Program that provides emergency repairs to homes in the city of Evansville. The MCDC operates the Youth Employment Program that employs young people to help clean up the neighborhoods of Evansville. It operates an Urban Garden Market Program that employs young people annually and grows thousands of pounds of food. The MCDC is in the process of acquiring a shopping plaza that contains a grocery store and a Family Dollar Store. The MCDC also started a microloan program that loans funds to small start-up businesses in the center city of Evansville.
Rev. Brooks has served on numerous boards. He currently serves on several civic and community boards including Chairman of the Board for Memorial Community Development Corporation; Evansville Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; University of Southern Indiana Business School Board of Advisors; Better Business Bureau, Chairman of the Board of Directors; City of Evansville Economic Development Commission; President of the Evansville Police Merit Commission; Advisory Board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis; Community Development Council Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; City of Evansville Housing Task Force Commission; and the Southwestern Indiana Economic Development Commission. In 2011, Rev. Brooks was invited and participated in the Oxford University Roundtable in Great Britain.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including: Honorary Judge of Daviess County, Kentucky; Outstanding Young American Black Citizen of the Year in Henderson, Kentucky; Citizen Award by the Indiana General Assembly; Sagamore of the Wabash; Paul Harris Fellow by the Evansville Rotary Club; Honored by the State of Indiana General Assembly; Leadership Award by Leadership of Evansville; Outstanding Citizenship Award by Evansville NAACP; Indiana Black Expo – 1999 Award; and the Lt. Governor’s Leadership Award. He is also a lifetime member of the NAACP since age 23. Rev. Brooks was once again awarded the 2006 Leadership Award by the Leadership of Evansville.