Rev. Dr. Allen L. Williams Sr.
By Cora Jackson-Fossett
Sentinel Religion Editor
Applying a holistic approach to his ministry, Rev. Dr. Allen L. Williams Sr. strives for the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people with the goal of making disciples.
“The church is in the disciple-making business and in that process, I want to do a good job of meeting needs. When you meet needs, you make disciples and develop people to live, work and function using kingdom principles. Usually churches that meet needs are successful,” said Dr. Williams who serves as pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Pasadena.
His belief likely stems from both his upbringing as the son and nephew of A.M.E. ministers as well as his experience being a pastor for nearly 25 years. Prior to being appointed to FAME in 2009, he led parishes in Kansas City, MO, and Berkeley, CA. Also, before accepting the call to preach, he worked many years in the corporate world. His goal is to utilize all of his knowledge as he leads the congregation of the 125-year old church.
“FAME is a wonderful place to be. We have a growing young adult ministry, a wonderful senior ministry, a vibrant Men’s Ministry and we reach out to the 25 to 40 crowd. Our goal is having a balance that’s excellent for each age range. At the end of the day, we’re trying to reach as many people as we can so we can teach people. You can’t teach what you can’t reach,” said Dr. Williams.
In addition to the traditional ministries, the church reaches out to the community through its Seeds of Faith Tutoring program where children receive computer training and instruction on passing the public school exit exams. FAME also provides quilting classes for seniors and conducts a monthly grocery giveaway.
“It’s important for the church to be in the community, so I am in the process of strengthening our visibility to represent the kingdom as best we can. One of things that makes African Methodism unique is that we maintain a total connection with the issues in the community that affect us as Christians,” he said.
Although a life-long A.M.E. member, Pastor Williams doesn’t get caught up in a denominational label when it comes to attracting souls to Christ. He explained, “When a person on a given Sunday looks at where they’re going to go, a denominational label doesn’t really matter.
“Folks know good church when they see it. It’s alive, dynamic, unpredictable, yet in a structured environment where people’s lives are changed. It’s an environment that’s true to the Word and rightly dividing the Word of truth. The mission of the church is to make disciples and in that process, we must be effective in what we do,” said Dr. Williams.
FAME – Pasadena is located at 1700 North Raymond Avenue and hold services each Sunday at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Call (626) 798-0503 for information or visit famepasadena.org.
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