Pastor Stephen C. Williams
Pastor Stephen C. Williams was born in Albion, and his parents were the late Mr. & Mrs. George Taylor. He is the oldest of five children. He graduated from Albion High School in 1963 and attended Western Michigan University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education. He did graduate work and received permanent teaching certification. He initially taught at Ann J. Kellogg Elementary School in Battle Creek, and from there he taught civics and history in the Albion Public Schools for twelve years from 1968-1980. He then became principal of the newly organized Grace Temple Christian School for a period of nine years until the school closed in 1989. After which he was selected as the principal of Christian Fellowship Academy in Brighton, Michigan from 1989-2001.
Later in 2001 Williams became the director of the Grace Temple Character Development Program. Then in 2006 he was appointed by Pastor and Mother Brown as Assistant Pastor and later as Co-pastor of Grace Temple Church. Elder Williams has actively been involved in Character Development Training Workshops and the Search Institute Convention and Workshops. In 2010 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Recognition by the Albion Alumni Association. He is the past president of the Albion Ministerial Association.
In the fall of 2011 Elder Williams was installed as the new pastor of Grace Temple Church of God in Christ. Pastor Williams’ ministry is marked by a strong emphasis on prayer. He sees prayer as a vital component of the Christian life. His dedication to prayer motivated him to establish the monthly fourth Friday night prayer services. Under his leadership other ministries have been developed such as the Couple’s Ministry, Single’s Ministry, the Men’s Group, as well as a mentoring program for the young men of the church. He continues to move forward as the Lord directs in reaching out and ministering to the local church as well as the community.