Reverend William Brawner is the Founder & Executive Director of Haven Youth
Center, Inc., a non-profit organization in Philadelphia, PA that provides
educational, social, and recreational services to youth infected with and
affected by HIV/AIDS. William graduated from Howard University with a
bachelor's degree in Sociology ('03), and from Marygrove College with a
master's degree in Social Justice ('07). He has presented at educational
institutions, especially Historically Black Colleges & Universities (i.e.
Howard University, North Carolina A & T, and Lincoln University) to
encourage HIV testing and safer sex practices. He was formerly the
Educational Coordinator for The Office of HIV Planning where he worked
closely with the Ryan White Planning Council to secure a broad base of
membership and facilitate trainings and educational programming. William
also worked as the Youth Projects Coordinator for St. Christopher's Hospital
where he counseled infected and affected youth and young adults and
developed and implemented new and innovative testing initiatives.
Most recently William has enrolled at the Lutheran Theological Seminary
where he has received a full scholarship to complete his master's in divinity.
In addition, William has served as the assistant to the Pastor of Tindley
Temple United Methodist Church. In this capacity he developed a 12:30
contemporary worship service for the youth and young adults of the
congregation, has assisted in the planning of community day which reached
over 100 people in the surrounding area, worked diligently with finance,
worship, and various committees throughout the church. To complement his
ministry experience William preached once a month and led bible study in
the month of September.
As a leader of the HIVIAIDS nonprofit sector and ministry experience of
both educational and practical William believes to be equipped to handle
the development and discernment which it takes to serve the LORD in the
position of Pastor.