Black Clergy in Action in Philadelphia Offer HIV/AIDS Leadership Role Models for Nation

Greater Than AIDS, in partnership with Philly Faith in Action, launched the first Greater Than AIDS faith focused campaign in Philadelphia with billboard placements, public service announcements highlighting the importance of HIV testing. Their hivtest.cdc.gov website offered free and low cost testing sites. Some pastors also produced video awareness sermonettes, including:

Dr. Alyn Waller

Dr. Alyn Waller who has been the Senior Pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church for 17 years and has more than 15,000 members. Dr. Waller, a passionate advocate in the fight against HIV/AIDS, is a renowned revivalist, lecturer, author and musician. He established the Enon-Coulter Community Development Corporation to provide educational and support services to children and families, including a pre-school preparatory program for neighborhood children, an afterschool advanced computer program for teens and and a Christian summer camp.

Pastor Arthur White

Pastor Arthur White has served the Christ Community Baptist Church in the East Parkside Community of West Philadelphia for 31 years. He has been involved in HIV/AIDS prevention in West Philadelphia for the last seven years and has served as president of The Baptist Minister’s Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity, President of the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention, Inc., and is presently one of the assistant deans of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, an auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention.

Brother Rafiyq

Brother Rafiyq, Friend of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, is a lifelong Philadelphia resident. Rafiyq has been involved in grassroots organizing and community activism for 35 years. He became involved with the interfaith community over 10 years ago. He participates with Philadelphia Mayor Nutter’s Office of Faith-based Initiatives to raise HIV awareness with other faith leaders from across the city. Rafiyq has worked as a Judicial Aide to Judge Craig M. Washington.

Pastor Jonathan Ford

Pastor Jonathan Ford of Taylor Tabernacle, born, raised and educated in Philadelphia, serves as executive director of Turning the TIDE, a technology and employment training center operated as a separate non-profit subsidiary of the church.   Turning the Tide has also become one of the leading faith-based organizations providing HIV/AIDS education, including counseling and rapid-testing services. He is managing partner for Urban Harvest Partnership, LLC, a U.S. Small Business Administration-certified firm specializing in wireless technology solutions for commercial businesses and municipalities.
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