Dr. Duran Williams is a native of Queens, New York and he grew up on 134th street and Linden Boulevard. As a youth in Queens, he played baseball with the Police Athletic League and basketball at Lincoln Park. Duran also participated in the Boys and Girls Scouts of America and numerous community service endeavors in South Ozone Park. He is a graduate of PS 123 Elementary School and Virgil Grissom Junior High School 226, both in Queens. In 1994, Duran's mother's job at American Home Products Pharmaceutical moved to Madison, New Jersey. As a result, Duran and family relocated to South Orange, NJ.
In South Orange, Duran attended South Orange Middle School where he met numerous lifelong friends. He attended and graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ, class of '98. While at Columbia High, Duran was a member of the basketball, cross country, and track & field teams. While matriculating through high school, his mom talked to him about a career in pharmacy. As a result of his mother's advice, Duran pursued a degree in pharmacy at Hampton University in Hampton, VA.
Dr. Williams obtained a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Hampton University School of Pharmacy in 2005. Upon completion of the pharmacy program at Hampton, he completed a General Pharmacy Practice residency at Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. Following residency training, he worked as a clinical pharmacist at the hospital center from 2006-2009. In 2009, Duran left Washington Hospital Center and began working as a consultant pharmacist at the Center for Minority Studies and Health Initiative. At CMS, under the leadership of Dr.'s Tamara McCants and Daneka Ivory-Lucas, Duran delivered presentations pertaining to HIV/AIDS to those infected with the virus living in wards five through eight inside the District of Columbia. As a consultant, Duran has presented on HIV & nutrition, understanding lab values, understanding HIV medications, and various other disease state-related topics.
In 2012, Duran located to Richmond, Virginia to be closer to family. Shortly after relocating to Richmond, he ran into pharmacy classmate Dr. Candice Duncan and her husband Dr. Anthony Duncan. The Duncans led Duran to Faith and Family Church at 7900 Walmsley Blvd, North Chesterfield, Va. It is at Fatih and Family Church, under the leadership of Pastor Calvin Duncan, where Duran began to become more engaged in ministry and various aspects of serving in ministry. As a member of Faith and Family, Duran served in nursing home, ACTs drama, and tutoring ministries.
In 2013, Duran began to answer his call to ministry and applied to the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. In the fall of 2013, he entered into the Graduate Certificate of Theological Studies program. Upon completion of the program in May 2014, Tiffany Pittman advised him to pursue the Masters of Divinity program at BTSR. In May 2016, Duran received the Masters of Divinity degree from BTSR. Along the way, he has interned at West End Baptist Church, Chippenham and Johnston Willis hospitals (chaplain), and at Morning Star Baptist Church. He has preached and worshiped at various churches in Virginia and across the world.
Duran is no stranger to serving others or spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Currently he works as a pharmacist at Hospital Corporation of America and operates the Can I Get A Word Ministry.