With the blessing of Diocese Bishop S.J. Williams, presiding elder Bishop Frank Hogans, Jr., and her pastor, Elder Clifford Williams, Minister Kathy Williams will be empowered Sunday as co-pastor of the Apalachicola First Born Church of the Living God.
The installation and consecration service will be held at 4 p.m. at the church, at 194 Eleventh Street, in Apalachicola,
Minister Kathy Williams was saved March 18, 1977, receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost during a revival service in Apalachicola, conducted by Evangelist Nancy Spearman and Evangelist Geraldine Johnson.
Born and raised in Port St. Joe, Williams graduated in 1971 from Port St. Joe High School. She received her early religious training from Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church, in Port St. Joe, under the pastorate of the Rev. Charles P. Price.
On Aug. 13, 1972, she married Apalachicola minister Clifford Williams, and God blessed them with four girls and one son. Early in her marriage, she accompanied her husband to Tacoma, Washington, and assisted him in the church Bishop R. B. Thompson had assigned him.
In 1975, Minister Clifford Williams returned with his family to Apalachicola, and they all joined the Apalachicola First Born Church of the Living God, under the pastorate of Elder Ernest Johnson. This began Kathy Williamsí work in this church, which is a member of the Greater Apalachicola District and the West Florida Diocese.
Appointed in 1978 by Johnson as a deaconess and youth mother, Kathy Williams worked faithfully in those positions at her church. Also in 1978, Elder Williams was assigned a church in Pensacola, and she began commuting there with him during the two-year assignment, continuing her duties as a deaconess in both churches.
Her service as a deaconess continued until Nov. 1993, when after giving her introductory message in Crawfordville, she became licenses as a minister by Presiding Elder W. L. McQueen, Jr.
Minister Kathy Williams has served in several roles in the district and diocese, working faithfully as a Godly woman, loyal to her God. Promoted by Elder McQueen to union directress of the district in the early 2000s, she continues to work in that capacity.
In Oct, 2010, Elder Williams, pastor of the Apalachicola First Born Church, recommended Minister Williams for ordination to the presiding elder, Bishop Hogans, who in turn recommended her to Diocese Bishop Williams. Later that month, she appeared before the Presbytery Board, passed the ordination examination and on the third Sunday of the month, Minster Williams was officially ordained, with all rights of an ordained elder.