The Brian Manwiller "In HIS Grip" Award

Honoring our best United Methodist Men supporters,

in memory of Brian Manwiller

Our 2018 Brian Manwiller "In HIS Grip" Award Winner is the York River District United Methodist Men (formally the Peninsula District United Methodist Men).

The York River UMM received the award in gratitude for their ongoing commitment to the men and women of Heart Havens.  Their enthusiasm and commitment built a home that, for many years, provided a safe and comfortable setting.  A place that people were honored to call home.  The love that they exhibited reached out and cared for the home setting and the hearts of the people who lived there.  They routinely engaged with the upkeep of the home, from yard work and repairs to replacing and moving appliances.  Through the love of the York River UMM, the men and women of that house had extended family members who came often to spend time with them and celebrate their lives including awards, holidays and birthdays. 

The York River UMM remain a wonderful supporter for both the organization and the people we support.   Receiving the award on behalf of the York River District were: Ron Rumsey, Allen Langford, and William Sutton.

Our 2017 Brian Manwiller "In HIS Grip" Award Winner is K. Dane Mills.

Dane was on the Heart Havens board almost from the very inception of the organization. He was a tremendous advocate for both the organization and the people we support, and he demonstrated this by frequently speaking in churches for us and also encouraging people to support our mission.

Sadly, Dane passed away earlier this year. It was our honor to present the award to his wife, Pat. 

Brian Manwiller was an officer with the Virginia Conference UMM for many years before becoming president in 2004. He served as president from 2004 until his death in April of 2006. Brian was a strong advocate for Heart Havens, Camp Rainbow Connection, and the Commission on Disabilities. Among the many notable things for which Brian is remembered is the participation in the annual UMM Spiritual Retreat of several young men with developmental disabilities from his home church, St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Burke. Brian made sure they were welcomed and included in all activities of the weekend. All Conference disability ministries are stronger due to Brian’s passion for inclusion.


Each year a group or an individual is chosen by Heart Havens to receive the Brian Manwiller "In His Grip" Award for exemplary service and/or support of Heart Havens and the men and women in our programs. Heart Havens congratulates and thanks our previous winners:

2006 Ronald L. Hardman
2007 Winchester District United Methodist Men
2008 Norfolk District United Methodist Men
2009 Larry Holland
2010 James A. McClung
2011 Arthur L. Wolz
2012 Robert L. Tate
2013 Cliff Tiller
2014 Fred Rathel
2015 Jim Butts
2016 Jim Green
2017 K. Dane Mills