Williams Memorial CME Church to Host Paine College Day

Posted by lsuggs | 03/15/2013 04:21 AM

 (Augusta, GA) – Williams Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church of Augusta will host its annual Paine College Day on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The keynote speaker for this event is Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the College.

“Williams Memorial will observe Paine College Day, as we celebrate our rich heritage and the gateway to the world”, stated Reverend Dr. Paul W. Gardner, Senior Pastor of Williams Memorial CME Church.

With a rich heritage indeed, the history of Williams Memorial spans nearly 140 years in the city of Augusta.  In 1873, a few devoted Christians worshiping together organized a church in the West-End Cemetery Hicks Street, in the Rollinville section of Augusta, Georgia.  The few convened on the site until 1878.  When they acquired sufficient funds, they purchased a lot on Telfair Street in the Old Harrisburg section.  At this time, the first edifice on this spot was erected, and they named it Holsey Chapel in honor of Bishop Lucius Holsey who was the Presiding Bishop at that time. He was the prime factor in the founding and establishing of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia.  Bishop Holsey served as Senior Bishop for eighteen years and died in August 1920.

It was not until 1935, when the church changed its name to Williams Memorial in honor of the late Bishop R.S. Williams, who was the sixth bishop of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church.

Paine College encourages the community to attend this event. It is free and open to the public. Williams Memorial is located at 1630 Fifteenth Street, Augusta GA 30901.

For more information on Paine College, please visit http://www.paine.edu, or contact Leah Suggs in the Office of Communications & Marketing at

(706) 821.8322, (803) 524.3195.

About Brandon Brown

Brandon Pendarvis Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Paine College, graduated in 2000 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in History from Paine. Brown earned the Masters of Human Resource Development from Webster University in 2010.  A native of Greenville, South Carolina, he founded the Historical Black College and University Sports Classic which has contributed more than $200,000 to institutions across the Southeast.  The Sports Classic was designed to empower Upstate South Carolina students to realize educational opportunities at post-secondary institutions.   

Committed to higher education, he joined the staff of Paine College in 2008 to lead his Alma Mater’s fundraising and development unit.  Under his leadership in 2009, the College increased its annual contributions and his fundraising unit raised over $5 million.

Upon his arrival at Paine, he was charged with raising the funds to build the new Health Education Activities Learning Complex that opened to the public in January 2013.  The new sprawling facility has transformed the College’s physical plant and landscape.  The 43,000 sq. ft. facility houses classrooms, research labs, meeting and conference rooms, and serves as the new home for the Paine College Department of Athletics.

Brown carved a notch in the political arena when in 2006, he served as State Deputy Political Director for then Senator Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.  In 2004, Brown became the first African American to run for a seat in the United States Congress from South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District.

He also served as Executive Director of the Allen Temple Community Development Center and he co-founded the Upstate Black Family Reunion, which promotes community unity. Brown is active in a variety of civic and social organizations in both Georgia and South Carolina. As an organizing member of the Greenville Tech Multi-cultural Advisory Board, he was instrumental in helping to heal the Greenville community during racial unrest after one of the officials of Greenville Technical College referred to the Katrina evacuees as yard apes.

Brown currently serves on several boards and he is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.  He is a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Greenville but actively works with CME, AME and UMC Churches throughout the country to secure resources for church and education development.

He’s received many honors and awards and was honored by The South Carolina State Senate on the Motion of Senator Ralph Anderson for his service to the community. Brown was also recognized by the South Carolina General Assembly (State House and State Senate) with a Concurrent Resolution for his achievements. This is one of the highest honors a person can receive in the State of South Carolina and is written into the State’s Journal and General Assembly’s history.   Brown still works and keeps in touch with The Vice President of the United States and his team.


He is married to TV News Anchor Kimberely Scott Brown.

Photo caption: Brandon Brown, Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at Paine College and keynote speaker for Paine College Day at Williams Memorial CME Church on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 11 a.m.