It may be an understatement to say that service and ministry runs in the family of new Mount Calvary Baptist Church pastor Derek Williams.
Williams’ father was a pastor and his great-great-grandfather was, too. Three of Williams’ grandfather’s brothers were pastors and his great-great-great-great-grandfather was as a Methodist pastor in Ireland.
Like so many of the men before him, Williams said that he, too, was called by God to live his life in service as a pastor.
That calling most recently brought Williams to Mansfield, where on Dec. 14, he became the 11th full-time pastor in the 97-year history of one of Mansfield’s longest standing churches.
“I always say the Lord has given me joy for the journey,” Williams said. “Coming to Mansfield has been a great opportunity. The community has been receptive of me and my wife, and we’re excited to make an impact here.”
Williams and his wife, Yolanda, came to Mansfield from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, area where Williams was the interim pastor at Blessed Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church from 2007 to 2008.
Before that, Williams presided at Greater Spirit Missionary Baptist Church, where he was senior pastor from 2004 to 2006.
But Williams’ roots in ministry date all the way back to 1983, when he first received the calling to preach at the age of 9.
Williams’ father, the Rev. F.L. Taylor, wanted his son to come to know the meaning of service, so he exposed Derek to the church and the Gospel from a young age.