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Pastor Donald E. Archey
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Pastor Donald E. Archey
Pastor Donald E. Archey
Pastor Donald E. Archey
Biography, of Pastor Donald E. Archey
Over two decades of being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, God has molded, directed and inspired Pastor Donald E. Archey who has quickly become one of the most electrifying, inspirational HIV/AIDS advocates and motivational speaker in recent years.
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Pastor Archey co-founded the Archey AIDS Foundation along with Edward John Kearse in May of 1998.
After years of setbacks, Pastor Archey
and Edward Kearse' relentless persistence and determination to help others was finally recognized by the federal government and was granted 501© (3) non-for-profit tax exempt status in June of 2002.
Reaching down to the root of this powerhouse speaker, one finds a very humble beginning in Pastor Archey
was bron on August 21, 1961
Over the past 20 years, Pastor Archey
has journeyed all over the nation.
By air, Archey
has been fortunate enough to travel to such countries as England, Holland, Germany and France.
Though Pastor Archey has traveled extensively and has been nominated and has won many awards, though he sits on many loca,l and state boards, and committees diligently working for HIV prevention, Pastor Archey's mission remains consistent: To serve the Lord and broaden the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Redefining Archey's experiences, each speaking engagement is like a roaring church service with a Pastor at the rudder.
Poetically, and skillfully weaving a scriptural message into each HIV/AIDS speech, Pastor Archey
delivers each HIV/AIDS speech with the authority of one who knows God face to face.
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Pastor Donald Archey, president and CEO of Archey AIDS Foundation Inc., has come a long way since being diagnosed more than 20 years ago with HIV/AIDS.
Where some in the same predicament have given up on life and waited to die or hid their status, knowingly infecting others, Archey chose to set his life on a straight and narrow path in the hopes of preventing others from contracting HIV/AIDS.
Since going public about his
HIV status about six years ago, Archey
has openly shared his
story with the Fort Wayne community about how he
contracted HIV/AIDS and willingly educated the public about how they can prevent getting infected.
Last month, however, Archey?s life took an unexpected turn.
At the conclusion of his
2006 speaking tour spanning numerous venues and events across the country, Archey
announced that he
signed a book deal with Tate Publishing & Enterprises LLC
, which will publish his
story??Pastor, How Did You Get AIDS??
?We are delighted to have Pastor Archey as part of the Tate Publishing family,? said a Tate spokesperson in a press statement.
, one of the country?s largest Christian publishing companies, recently was awarded the 2006 Best Christian Book Publishing Company
in the nation.
is scheduled to release Archey?s book in spring 2007.
?My book is going to the printer this month or in January,? said Archey
during a phone interview in between engagements. ?For years, I?d been thinking about writing a book, but didn?t have the courage to do it.?
Archey, who also oversees New World Church, said he got the courage he needed from another idea someone gave him during one of his numerous speaking engagements.
?When I started sharing my story with others around the country, they?d give me a table where people could come meet me,? he
said. ?At my first engagement, people asked for my photograph so I started bringing those with me.
Then, someone said I should sign them and sell them, so I started selling autographed pictures of myself.
I thought it?d be cool, but it was weird at first.?
said people then began asking him when he
was going to write a book about his
life, so he
After shopping his
manuscript around to a few publishers, he
got one nibble.
About three weeks after submitting his
manuscript to Tate
, a representative called Archey
to say ?Congratulations, we want your book!?
The book?s title, ?Pastor, How Did You Get AIDS,? is the question most people ask Archey
when they meet him, especially since he
doesn?t look sick.
added, are equally surprised to learn that a pastor, particularly an African American pastor, has HIV/AIDS and doesn?t mind sharing his
story with those who are willing to listen and learn.
?I haven?t met any pastors with HIV/AIDS, so I think my story?s unique and unusual,? said Archey.
?I just hope my book will open people?s eyes.?
Despite recently completing his
national speaking tour, Archey
made the time to participate in local World AIDS Day activities on Dec. 1.
said when people in other cities and states learn that he?s from Fort Wayne, many offer their apologies based on what they?ve heard about local black pastors? lack of interest in HIV/AIDS, including news about Balm in Gilead?s failed attempts to reach out to Fort Wayne?s African American community years ago.
While Fort Wayne will always have a special place in his
said it hasn?t been easy trying to garner local support for the Archey AIDS Foundation
, particularly within the black community to which he
services free of charge.
Now, things are changing?and fast.
?I used to have to beg local black churches to let me speak, and if they did, I did it for free,? he
said. ?Now, people are paying me to speak, and handling all of my travel arrangements and accommodations.
I?ve been to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, St. Louis, Houston and other places.?
In fact, in between concluding his
2006 speaking tour which ended in Akron, Ohio and attending local World AIDS Day activities in Fort Wayne, Archey
taped a segment in Nashville for the Centers for Disease Control?s
?AIDS in the Black Community.?
And, when he
returned home, Archey
had yet another surprise waiting for him.
?I got home and checked my email, and saw a message that said ?Interview with Jet magazine
said. ?The message was asking for an interview for a feature and said that after my interview, I should meet with Oprah for lunch while I?m in Chicago.?
In spite of his
hectic schedule, Archey
has a little bit of down time before hitting the road again.
already is receiving invitations to speak during Black History Month events in New York, Chicago and other cities across the country.
?This new success is still coming, but it?s been stressful,? he
said. ?But, my health is still good.
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At the end of September 2006 - when it told the Internal Revenue Service it had raised $43,500 since being formed - the Fort Wayne foundation had less than $2,000 in its bank account, and Archey said all of that would go toward running the foundation's Let's Talk program for area children.
Archey, executive director and board president of the Archey AIDS Foundation, said the accusations raised by people involved with the group are not true.
"Yes, some i's weren't dotted, some t's weren't crossed," Archey
"But all money has been accounted for. … There's been nothing misappropriated."
, who started the foundation in 2002 after going public with the news that he
has been living with AIDS since the 1980s, says donors should not worry about the financial questions being raised about the agency and that new policies are being put in place to prevent further problems.
It is unclear who approved the new policies or how they will be enforced, because Archey is one of only two board members, and the other member said there has not been a meeting in a year.
Ron Muckway said he
joined the foundation's board as treasurer in August, only to discover that Archey
was using agency money to pay his
personal bills, including a cable TV bill, credit cards and car insurance.
And though Archey
said the Let's Talk program continues at the New World Church Outreach Center on Miner Street
, Muckway said the program ended months ago.
Archey is a pastor at New World Church; he said he gets no income from the foundation.
said Muckway was never a board member and that Muckway was only asked to help straighten out the foundation's finances because Archey
Instead of helping, Archey
said, Muckway accused him of stealing.
I had nothing to hide; it was no secret I needed help," Archey
"In return I get this."
Muckway said he
tried to help and showed Archey
how to properly handle the foundation's expenses but that Archey
refused and continued to use foundation money for himself.
According to Archey, Cathy Wilson is the board's treasurer.
Wilson told The Journal Gazette
has kept the foundation's financial information secret from her, used foundation money for personal expenses and forged her signature on bank documents.
When it applied for a $20,000 grant last year from the Paul Clarke Foundation
, however, Archey
stated in the application that the group has an annual budget of $85,000.
said the $85,000 figure was a mistake, that he
thought the application was asking for a projected budget if it got the grant.
No grant was awarded.
According to bank statements for June, August and September provided by Muckway, the foundation made more than $700 in payments to Donald Archey's
Capital One credit card.
said the credit card payments were for foundation expenses that he
put on his
personal credit card.
"That was ignorance on my part," he
"It's not illegal, but it don't look good."
The $147 Comcast bill, he
said, was to pay for a package deal that bought telephone, cable TV and Internet service.
The telephone and Internet are for foundation use at his
The cable portion of the bill he
reimbursed to the foundation.
"That has been cleared up," Archey
"Because it was a package deal, I didn't break it down properly. … It wasn't anything conniving or stealing, it was just the paper trail wasn't there."
The monthly payments to Geico car insurance, Archey
said, are for the foundation's van and not his
Muckway contends Archey
told him the insurance was for both vehicles.
has since learned how to document expenses and the foundation now has policies in place to ensure there are no financial questions raised.
"I just was not that detail-oriented," he
couldn't remember when the last board meeting was but said it has been less than a year.
When asked about Wilson's contention that the board has not met in a year, he
missed some meetings."
declined to name the other board members, maintaining that the board will be expanded and he
does not want to name the new members because they haven't yet been elected.
then said he
was reluctant to name current members because, "some of them won't be on the board" after it is revamped.
said the board has struggled because its members are inexperienced in operating non-profits.
"I take responsibility for that because I lead it," Archey
For Archey to be president of the board - especially a small board - could be a major problem.
says the money raised over four years for the two shelters for HIV-positive people was never there; his
prediction the shelters would open within a year was based on donations that were pledged but never fulfilled.
"I made those comments when I was under the impression that everyone who said they would help, would help," he
According to documents the foundation filed with the IRS
in October regarding its non-profit status, it has had only $43,500 in income since it was formed in 2002, with three out of five years bringing in less than $10,000.
In the meantime, the foundation has spent nearly everything it has taken in, and Archey
said the dream of building shelters now rests on the success of a book he's
writing, called "Pastor, how did you get AIDS?
That book, however, is dependent on Archey
paying up to $4,000 of the publishing cost.
The foundation has two bank accounts - one for day-to-day expenses and one for grants.
Wilson said the grants account is new - it was created without her knowledge and that Archey
forged her signature to open it.
opened the account because he
got an e-mail from someone in Nigeria saying they wanted to give the group $2.5 million and needed the foundation's bank account number to deposit the money.
To be safe, Archey
opened the grant account to ensure the Nigerian donor would not be able to withdraw foundation money.
couldn't get ahold of Wilson, he
signature on the account paperwork.
"It was to open up that account to bring that money in," Archey
"That account has never been touched."
The Nigerian offer turned out to be bogus; the ruse to get account numbers is one of the most popular on the Internet.
Muckway said the foundation's other account is often raided by Archey
Muckway said Archey
told him it was to reimburse him for travel to the state board of health's HIV Prevention Community Planning Group
meeting in Indianapolis.
told The Journal Gazette
the gas expenses paid by the foundation were for other trips and not those reimbursed by the state.
said the financial questions are not a case of him using foundation money for his
"It's just the opposite.
I'm paying AAF bills," Archey
The concert was to be a fundraiser for the foundation but did not make any money, Archey
And Donald Archey owes money, as well.
Although the IRS
granted the Archey AIDS Foundation tax-exempt status in October, Donald Archey
owes the IRS
Federal tax liens filed in Allen County show Archey owes $25,611 in back taxes for 1996 and 1997.
Another lien filed in Los Angeles County is for $9,337.
said the fact that he
owes thousands in back taxes should not worry donors to the tax-exempt organization he
That's not the Archey AIDS Foundation
explained that he
is on medical disability because of his
AIDS and has no way to pay the debt.
The Drug and Alcohol Consortium of Allen County
made a $3,500 grant to the foundation in June that Archey
said was used to pay for the Let's Talk program.
said the money paid for food for the children in the program, as well as activities and equipment for the program, but Muckway said the Let's Talk program ended in September and that the only activity the foundation has now is an after-school program that is little more than games and food.
said Let's Talk has been expanded to encompass the after-school activities.
was arrested in Allen County in September 2003 on a fugitive warrant out of Georgia and held without bond, but Georgia officials chose not to extradite him, according to court documents.
said the warran
Mississippi Mass Choir headlines 1st Annual Fort Wayne Gospel Summit
The concert is a benefit for the Archey AIDS Foundation, a Fort Wayne organization that, according to its founder Reverend Donald Archey, seeks to provide education to the youth and black minority in Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana on the prevention of HIV and STDs and to provide assistance to the youth and minorities with a history of substance abuse problems.
Archey, an associate pastor at New World Church, says he sees AIDS as more of an economic disease, brought about by lack of education, lack of health care services, and a still prevalent stigma that AIDS is a homosexual disease.
"It is not a homosexual disease, it's a sexually transmitted disease, and it seems people lower on the economic scale are being infected at a higher rate," Archey
says that he
also has to fight a perception that, in the U.S. at least, we have AIDS and HIV managed.
In the early 80s, when AIDS came to national attention, some experts predicted an epidemic that would devastate the country if people weren't educated.
For whatever reason, it didn't happen here (many researchers credit widespread prevention initiatives).
says that has led to a false sense that it's no longer a problem.
particularly frustrated that AIDS no longer seems to be at the top of any candidate's political platform this election year.
"You don't seem to hear it on the agenda for a lot of people," he
tries to be practical and deal with what he
sees as the realities of the issue.
"This is the year 2004," he
For information on the Archey AIDS Foundation
, contact Reverend Donald Archey
at (260) 420-0330 or visit www.archeyaids.org.