The Rev. Jeremy L. Williams, M.Div. is a nationally sought-out thinker, preacher, leader, and author. He hails from Rocket City, USA—Huntsville, Alabama. As a scholar of religion who specializes in New Testament and Early Christianity, Reverend Williams has completed all coursework and exams with highest honors for his Ph.D. at Harvard University and earned the status of “All But Dissertation” (ABD). He is also a Forum for Theological Exploration Predissertation Fellow. At Harvard, he obtained a Masters on the way to the doctorate and has taught three classes as a Teaching Fellow. Prior to attending Harvard, Rev. Williams graduated Salutatorian from Lee High School and with Highest Honors in Religious Studies and Economics from Vanderbilt University. He earned the M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School where he was awarded the Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize, which is the highest award presented to graduates. He has done archaeology restoration at Madgala, Israel, and he has presented work in Germany at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies. Rev. Williams has read Biblical Hebrew in Jerusalem, the Greek New Testament in Athens, and Classical Latin in Rome.
Pastor Williams received his ordinations in the North Central Alabama Region of theChristian Methodist Episcopal Church as a member of Acklin CME Church in Berkley, AL. He has had the opportunity to preach, present, and teach at some of the denomination’s largest gatherings including the Connectional Youth and Young Adult Conference, the Pastors’ Conference at Phillips School of Theology, the Unity Summit, and multiple annual and district conferences. He has received appointments in Gurley, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; and Bridgeport, Connecticut. He has seen God’s power save, heal, and transform lives in numerous venues across the nation. Rev. Williams is a non-profit leader. He currently chairs the Board of FaithActs for Education (a $1 million+ organization), which is based in Bridgeport, CT. He worked at the corporate office of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama, where in one year he secured over $600,000 in grants for the organization. He served his honorable fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, as the National Second Vice President (Junior Grand Vice Polemarch), which is one of the top four leaders of the organization who composed the executive committee that directly oversaw the operations of over $5 million in assets. He also served as vice president of the national Kappa Foundation.
Pastor Williams has written two books and authored numerous publications. His most recent book Wireless Discipleship: Investing in a Strong Connection to the Source of Everything is a manual on discipleship that has been used across the country and in at least one nation in Africa. He is a frequent contributor to Sunday School volumes and to periodicals around the world. Pastor Williams’ ministry mantra is to inspire people to “dream better dreams.”
On Friday, August 9, 2019, Bishop James B. Walker appointed him to serve as the pastor of the Phillips Metropolitan CME Church in the capital of the state and the capitol of insurance, Hartford, CT, and he brings that same energy to this assignment. He works to bring the words of the Apostle Paul to life by striving everyday to “press towards the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phillippians 3:14)