University of Mobile Awards Doctor of Humane Letters to Joyce Fisher and Curtis Brewer

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to CEO and philanthropist Joyce Fisher and retired music pastor Curtis Brewer during the first night of “The Retreat,” a two-day conference in Mobile for over 300 church worship leaders.

The conference was presented by the Fisher-Brewer Worship Institute and PRISM Music, a leading publisher of Christian church music. The Alabama School of the Arts at University of Mobile hosted the event, with university choir, orchestra and soloists giving the first public performance of newly published music.

UM President Timothy L. Smith presented the degrees Thursday night at Dauphin Way Baptist Church “on behalf of your service to the Lord through the lives of students at University of Mobile and to worship leaders throughout the nation.”

The university’s professional Fisher-Brewer Recording Studio was made possible through the support of Dr. Fisher and the vision of Dr. Brewer. The pair founded the Fisher-Brewer Worship Institute that provides resources for worship pastors across the nation and, in association with PRISM Music, presents The Retreat annual conference.

Earlier in the day, Fisher and Brewer visited the studio that is a key component in the Alabama School of the Arts and Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts. The studio provides university students with opportunities to record and produce music in the same type of professional environment they will encounter in their music careers.

“This recording studio provides a venue for students to practice and record Christian music that is an expression of the gospel in sharing Christ literally to the ends of the earth,” Smith said.

The Doctor of Humane Letters is conferred upon scholars, inventors, artists, entrepreneurs and other leaders who have earned national or global reputations.

“Indeed, both of you embrace this description well as artists and entrepreneurs that have gained a national reputation through the ministry of music to serve others and further the kingdom of Christ,” Smith said.

Fisher is president and CEO of Fisher Construction in Odessa, Texas, which has 110 employees and operations throughout the oil field business in west Texas and New Mexico.

She is an active member of First Baptist Church of Odessa, where she serves on various committees. She is involved in her community and currently is associated with Make-A-Wish, Safe Place, Crisis Center, and the Odessa Mission Center, among others.

She was married to the late Mike Fisher.

Brewer began his ministry at the age of 16, served several churches, and retired in 2016 after 34 years in music ministry at First Baptist Church of Odessa, Texas. Under his leadership, the choir and orchestra had several national releases with PRISM Music in Nashville.

He has led worship for major gatherings throughout the Southern Baptist Convention, including pastors’ and evangelism conferences in Texas, New Mexico, Mississippi and North Carolina.

He is married to Marilyn Myrick Brewer and they live in McComb, Mississippi.


About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.


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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.

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