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Vernon Brewer chosen as baccalaureate speaker

April 20, 2011 : Liberty University News Service

Vernon Brewer, founder of World Help, speaks in Liberty University convocation on Aug. 30, 2010.

Liberty University’s first graduate, World Help founder Vernon Brewer, will be the main speaker at baccalaureate service, to be held on May 13 at Thomas Road Baptist Church.

Brewer, a regular speaker in Liberty’s convocation, earned his Bachelor of Science from Liberty in 1973. He served as Liberty’s Dean of Students and the Vice President of Student Development before founding World Help in 1991.

World Help is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization that meets the spiritual and physical needs of millions of people around the world through child advocacy, humanitarian aid, Bible distribution and church planting. It has distributed more than $356 million in humanitarian aid in 60 countries and has planted more than 74,000 churches, resulting in more than 7 million new believers. Through 43,000 sponsorships, children have received clothing, food and medical attention, as well as a Christian education. World Help’s headquarters are in Forest, Va.

As World Help President, Brewer has directed international evangelistic campaigns and rallies in 67 countries and has led leadership training conferences in Uganda, China, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Romania, and Russia. He has taken more than 4,000 people to the mission field, has led more than 500 local church evangelistic rallies, and has lectured on 30 college and university campuses. He has also spoken to more than 1 million teenagers in public high school assembly programs and is a frequent speaker at camps, local church revival crusades and mission conferences.

Vernon Brewer with Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr
Vernon Brewer receives his honorary doctorate degree from Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. on May 14, during Liberty University's baccalaureate service.

Brewer is also a cancer survivor. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, he underwent 18 surgeries and 18 months of chemotherapy. His battle with cancer prompted a large prayer meeting at Liberty, and he attributes his miraculous recovery largely to the prayers from his alma mater.

Brewer received his Doctor of Divinity from North Florida Baptist Theological Seminary in 1991. Liberty bestowed an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to him at the 2010 baccalaureate service.

Brewer lives with his wife, Patty, and his son, Josh (who attends Liberty), in Forest. He has three married daughters and six grandsons.