Rev. Howard B. Warren, Jr|
(September 7, 1934 - March 14, 2003) U.S.A.
Founder Act Up
Howard was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He was a graduate of McCormick Theological Seminary; and he held degrees from Missouri Valley College and Union Theological Seminary (New York). He also held a masters degree from the School of Social Work at Hunter College. Ordained by the Presbytery of Kansas City in 1965, Howard served Presbyterian churches for 25 years.
In 1987, Howard came out to the Presbytery of Detroit as a person with AIDS and a gay man. Active in Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (now More Light Presbyterians), he was a founder of Presbyterians Act Up, was active with the Presbyterian AIDS Network and was a founding supporter of That All May Freely Serve.
From the time of his diagnosis with HIV/AIDS in 1987, until he required hospital and nursing home care in 2001, he was an advocate and caregiver for persons with HIV/AIDS and their families, friends and partners. He served as the director of pastoral care at the Damien Center in Indianapolis from 1989 to 1999, a care site for HIV/AIDS patients that was established by the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
His position at the Damien Center - a validated ministry in the Presbytery of Whitewater Valley - was funded by the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church (where he had served as an associate pastor), the presbytery, the Synod of Lincoln Trails and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA.
Howard was the author of many articles in such journals as: Open Hands, National Catholic Reporter, Monday Morning, More Light Update, Pandemic: Presbyterian AIDS Network Newsletter. He was the recipient of numerous awards. Howard died at a healthcare center in Indianapolis.
Source: The LGBT Religious Archives Network - http://www.lgbtran.org/Pioneers.asp