Chaplain Harry Burns, BA, MA, BCC, is a Chaplain at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. He has been an ordained pastor in the AME Church for over thirty five years. He was the first African American Minister appointed at the Citadel, The Military School of the South in 1987. Burns holds a BA Degree in Business Management from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. He has a Masters of Arts Degree in Religion from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. He is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, has served three years on the Quality Commission, writing standards for APC and later served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Professional Chaplains.
Chaplain Burns is the current pastor of Tranquil AME Church in McCormick, S. C. He also serves as a Health Educator for Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center where he has the responsibility of training professional and lay persons around the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of health care.
He was a Director of Pastoral Care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Squirrel Hill and a Community Chaplain at Carolinas Medical Center for six years. He was also one of the founders of Village Heart Beat, associated with Mecklenburg County Health Department.