Welcome Donavan Bratton to Staff || guest blog by Garrett Lowe

I’m excited to introduce everyone to our new Youth Director, Donavan Bratton!  

Donavan Bratton grew up in Harlem, New York, with his lovely mother and two younger brothers. His mother being a woman of faith, prodded Donavan to go to church at a young age. As he got older, he moved away from the church. His hurt, mistaken identity, anger, and hopelessness weighed on his heart. In an attempt to find joy, he searched for other ways to find fulfillment. This left him empty and more confused. The Lord was actively working in his life and it became apparent to him on his 15th birthday when the Lord captured his heart. On that day, Donavan gave his life to the Lord and was never the same again. 

Since then, he has graduated from Lancaster Bible College with his bachelor’s in Student Ministry and is currently working on his master’s in Leadership Studies at Capital Bible Seminary and Graduate School. He has also served in youth groups, camp ministries, and other para-church organizations. His desire is to see people grow to be who the Lord intends them to be. Building relationships, caring, and challenging others is how the Lord has used him to speak into the lives of those around him.  

He is soon to be married to the beautiful Racquel Mullings on June 23. They are both excited to join the Living Word family, build relationships, and invest in the next generation. 

We praise God for the transformation he has done in Donavan and are excited for him and Racquel to partner with us in ministry! Donavan will be starting his full-time role with our Fusion high school ministry in mid-July.

If you see Donavan, please introduce yourself and welcome him to our church family!