About Me

Lover of life. Adventurer. Peace maker. Hopeful romantic. Inspirer. Size 14 shoe.

Quick Facts
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite book: Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Favorite movie: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite season: Spring
Favorite book of Bible: 1 John

The beginning

I was born in Dunwoody, GA on August 13, 1987. My mother and I moved around a bit while I was growing up. While I didn’t have everything I wanted, growing up I never felt lack. At the age 5, I dragged my mom to the front of St. Stevens Baptist Church in southern California to answer the call of salvation. At 5, I came to Jesus. At age 13,

Jesus came to me. It was then, living in Macon, that I took a bold step to stop playing church and become serious about what I believed. They were wobbly steps but I never looked back.

I was a pretty typical kid. I joked around and made my share of trouble like everyone else. I played sports in school and was involved in football, wresting and track and field. I always knew I wanted to help people when I grew up; just didn’t know the avenue.In 2004, at the urging of my cousin, I started praying about my spiritual gifts. I remember thinking about how I could be a pretty good teacher. And God spoke to my heart, showing me that preaching was a lot like teaching. I thought, no way. No one in my family was a preacher, so how could I be one? But I remembered God’s word in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

The calling to serve
I began teaching youth Bible study. In October 2004, I preached my first sermon at New Hope Baptist Church in Macon, titled “God’s Next Generation,” from 1Timothy 4:12. “Let no one despise your youth but be an example to the believers in word and conduct and love and spirit and faith and in purity.”

Out on my own
In 2005, I left Macon to begin studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Eventually I decided to pursue religion and philosophy. I have great memories of college: the AUC, the friends, parties, late nights and good times. During that time, I also grew spiritually. I was a member and actively involved at the Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Decatur.

On September 2, 2009 I was ordained as a minister at New Hope Baptist Church in Macon. That next year, I accepted an opportunity to be the youth pastor at a small church in College Park called Greater Faith Church. Teaching, preaching and relating to young people was a natural fit for me. It confirmed my love for and desire to share God’s Word and love to transform others.

Face to face with adversity
May 2011 my world came to a standstill. One sunny afternoon, I was leaving the library while at home in Macon, when I started to experience blurred vision. I knew something was wrong. No more than two days later, I got the news that would turn my life upside down. After a CT-scan, they found a spot on my brain. The doctor’s reply to me: “They would aggressively pursue a solution.”

So here I am today. I could have died the day they rushed me into emergency brain surgery. But I lived. In anger I asked God why this had to happen to me. Cancer. There were many times he seemed silent. Today I still ask, “Why me?” But now it’s because I want to fulfill whatever it is God intends for me. I think I’m on the right path.

New Possibilities
I don’t know what the next chapter of my life holds. The rest of my story, like anyone else’s, is yet to be told. But as each day unfolds, I believe God and the promise He gives us in Jeremiah 29:11, and so I trust Him and the plans He has in store.


12 responses to “About Me

  1. Myesha

    This blog is so encouraging and I am thankful you put this together. Hearing you story is a reality check for me. Please continue to stay encouraged!! I will keep you in my prayers as well. 🙂

  2. Tyler Noel

    Little brother im so proud of you for creating this site. It takes lots of courage to tell your story. Im sure this will be a blessing to others and because of that God will reward you ten fold. We are always praying for you, Stay strong and know that you are loved!!!

  3. Hi Brandon! I feel so out the loop, but I had no idea that this was going on in the past year. It’s been a long while since we talked, but I’m so glad to see that God has given you a second chance and has kept you. You’ve always been an amazing example for others pursuing Christ, and I’m so glad to see that that has not stopped. I’m excited to see what lessons you will share on this blog and I am blessed by your example. Stay strong and encouraged.

    Brittany Boulware

  4. anthonyHines

    Brandon This is coach hines. you are an inspiration .I didn’t know of your situation I will stay in touch .God bless

  5. Thelma Glover

    This Blog is so encouraging and helpful Brandon. You are such a blessing. Thelma Glover. New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.

  6. Tony McCrary

    God is blessing you to bless others each day of your life, thank you for sharing as you always have and for being able to put your situation in God’s hand and allow him to choose your destiny. We will all keep you in our prayers and know that God does not make mistakes. Tony & Terri McCrary

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  8. Brandon, what an incredible demonstration of courage and faith. Your spirit is and has always been (in my interactions with you) so pure and sincere and I love that you are sharing your experiences and spirit with the world through this blog. I love you with the agape love of Christ and am officially on your prayer team sir! 🙂 Be blessed! Love, Tosha (Spelman c/o 2007….AUC family 🙂 )

  9. JWright

    Thank you for sharing. God bless and keep you. Ms Wright

  10. CC

    Brandon, I read your story in my community newspaper and was so moved by it. I decided at that moment to contribute to your fund. Also, t have posted your link on my facebook page, which I hope will encourage my friends and family to contribute as well.
    I know the good Father will continue to comfort and give you the strenght to take each day as it comes.

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