PaSTOR D “My Tribute” to Bishop Alex Williams Jr. My Closest Ministry Friend & Dedicated Student! ______________________________________________________________ As a “Committed Person” B ishop Williams was cordially introduced to me by Ms Diane Deadwyler in 2003 at one of my “Student Recital Programs.” My first impression of him was one of amazement and curiosity. Immediately I perceived that Bishop Williams was a very serious and focused person. After sharing a few phone calls, he attended one of my Church services (Word Clarity Family Christian Ministries). On this occasion, it was clear that Bishop Williams and I were curious about one another. He enquired about the private training I offered and decided that he would like to receive computer training. I couldn’t help but notice that Bishop Williams carried a much humble spirit than what is usually expected of spiritual leaders. Despite his age and seasonality as a Pastor, improving himself was a driving goal to him. After explaining my private computer training agenda to him, he decided to start his training as soon as possible. His statement to me: If you can help me with anything; whether it is the Church, computer, or music, I’m willing to learn. I don’t have no problem with learning from another minister or anyone. This statement was the birth of his future relationship with me and the evidence of a Man of God striving to be excellent in everything he does. ______________________________________________________________ Bishop Williams was also known for having a consistently straight face and serious countenance. His expression always seemed to be serious. For a while, I like many others often wondered; “do he ever smile? Yet, I eventually come to understand that he was a very kind, friendly, and warm person underneath. I accepted Bishop Williams just the way he was. He accepted me for who I am. From then on a very strong friendship and respect started between Bishop Alex Williams and PaSTOR D. Eventually, I humbly took the credit for altering his popular serious expression. For the very first time, I heard him laugh out loud over the phone after I made a somewhat sarcastic about him. Over a period of time my unintentional humor started to draw him into smiling more. Although his general countenance still looked expressionless, more and more smiling began to matched his warm and friendly character. Yet, at any given moment, Bishop Williams serious expression would change instantly if he was approached by problematic people. Yes indeed! Bishop Williams was a very kind-hearted, helpful, and faithful servant of God. Although he rarely received due and deserved support in return; nevertheless, he with heart still continued to support other ministries and Church events. He convincingly proved that his ministry work was always for the glory of God. AMEN! Yes, I (PaSTOR D) was that friend that sticked closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. As a “Loyal Student” As a student Bishop Williams and I invested into many years of computer training, He was so excited to learn how to type up his own Church programs, make CDs, and create sermon outlines. Although learning to use the computer well stirred up critics, Bishop Williams remained focused on improving his skills and knowledge so that he could enhance his overall ministry. Note! Sunday school books, ministry certificates, The Bible, etc. were also created on computers! Even though encouragement and support for his efforts was so desperately needed, he eventually realized that his inspiration was only going to come from the Lord and working with PaSTOR D pounding him about his homework. “D.Y.H. - T.Y.T - D.M.A. ” (Do your homework - Take your time - Don’t make excuses!) For a few years, God blessed Bishop Williams to design his own Church programs and sermon outlines on the computer. After he became consumed with hardship and health struggles, I took on the role of creating all his personal and ministry documents. He was extremely grateful and not to proud to receive help. He was that kind of man. Even though Bishop Williams always had limited funds, he insisted the every program and document designed be printed in “FULL COLOR.” No exception! Truly, I miss my student & friend Bishop Alex Williams! ______________________________________________________________ As a “Man of God” Bishop Williams remained steadfast and true to the “Call of the Ministry” and the integrity of clergy responsibilities. His reputation was that of a “No none sense” Pastor” who swiftly distance himself from anything questionable among his peers. Just as he sung “Let it Be Real,” he stay true to handling God’s business with integrity and reverence. You could not invite or bait him into questionable associations and operations. He just would not do it. Bishop Williams knew that his ultimate promotion comes from God and not man. Bishop Williams preached with simplicity and heart accordingly as the ability that God gave him. For many years he preached and played his guitar for the glory of God and blessed numerous congregations all over metropolitan Atlanta. Yes. He was labeled the “Guitar & Computer Preacher.” He gave us his very best. Truly, I miss my student & best friend Bishop Alex Williams! ______________________________________________________________ Over the last 4 or five years of Bishop Williams declining health, the Lord moved me to personally take on the responsibility of managing all of his personal business, accounts, and appointments, etc.. Amazingly, he remained determined to recover and return fully back into his Church ministry. Yet, returning wasn’t necessary. For he never slacked in his Ministry of the Gospel and playing the guitar. He did both until the end to the best of his ability! There will never be another human being or Pastor like Bishop Alex Williams Jr. For many years I’ve kept hundreds of photos, audio recordings, and videos of Bishop Williams to create future projects. I will cherish them forever! My “Dedicated Student & Best Ministry Friend” I will always cherish and miss you!