About Our Pastor
Rev. Reginald W. Williams Jr. is the first of three children born to Dr. Reginald Sr. and the late Atty. Marcelle H. Williams. He was born and raised in Chicago, IL, into a family which acknowledged and affirmed a spirituality that serves God by serving Godís people, particularly in the cause of liberation. Rev. Williams shares his life and love with Mrs. Nikita Nichelle Williams. Together they have two daughters, Miss Nia MaríCelle Williams and Laila Imani Williams.
Rev. Williams has achieved an assortment of academic accolades. After graduating from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Rev. Williams matriculated through the School of Business & Industry at the Florida A&M University where he graduated, cum laude. Upon graduation, Rev. Williams followed his motherís footsteps into the field of law, and completed the University of Wisconsin Law School where he received several honors for his community involvement.
In November of 1998, Rev. Williams acknowledged and accepted Godís Call on his life to Christian ministry, and enrolled at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in the fall of 1999. He completed this program and received his master of divinity degree on May 11, 2002.
Upon the completion of his degree requirements at Virginia Union University, Rev. Williams, was called to serve the Trinity United Church of Christ under the pastorate of Rev. Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Rev. Williams served Trinity United Church of Christ as the Associate Pastor for Justice Ministries. Rev. Williams served until September 2008 when he was called to serve as pastor of the First Baptist Church of University Park, IL.
Rev. Williams has been awarded numerous honors and commendations for his commitment to people and the process of bringing about social justice. He served as Social Actions chairperson for the Florida A&M University NAACP college chapter, as well as Community Service co-chairperson for the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He was honored by the Wisconsin State Bar as the Public Interest Law Student of the Year for 1998, in addition to a number of other honors bestowed upon him by the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has participated in world conferences and meetings such as the 4th and 5th African/African-American Summits held in Harare Zimbabwe (1997), and Accra, Ghana (1999), respectively.
Williams has been a monthly columnist for the Trumpet Newsmagazine. Rev. Williamsí works have been published in the Winter 2005, and Summer 2006 editions of The African American Pulpit, as well as the book, Blow The Trumpet In Zion, a collection of the proceedings at the inaugural Samuel DeWitt Proctor Pastors Conference. Rev. Williams was also honored as a member of ďWhoís Who in Black ChicagoĒ for the year 2008.
Rev. Williamsí passion is for social justice through a spiritually centered and culturally relevant praxis that brings liberation to all of Godís children, especially the liberation of African people!