REVEREND BYRON WILLIAMS, SR.
It might seem surprising to some that it took a hurricane to get Byron Williams Sr., a native Texan, to return to his home state. After a decade of service at Trinity Lutheran Church in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana Hurricane Katrina devastated the Ninth Ward and scattered Trinity's members. Pastor Williams returned reluctantly to Houston, TX where he was born and raised.
God showed that the body of Christ and the gospel are not bound by physical or political boundaries when he allowed Rev. Williams to become the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas, where several of Trinity's members had already been worshipping for months.
Who is Rev. Byron Williams, Sr.? He is a husband, a parent, a pastor, and a patriot. He and his wife have raised two children and he has also served in the United States Army both at home and abroad in Germany.
He began to answer God's call to preach the Good News by serving in the Houston Area Lay Ministry. He worked as a lay minister at Holy Cross and Calvary Lutheran churches while serving as the head elder in his home congregation at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church.
The year 1996 marked a turning point in his life and ministry as he completed his studies at Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis and accepted a call as the full-time pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church.
During his ten years at Trinity, Rev. Williams demonstrated his commitment to Christ's Great Commission and to the personal call on his own life by working diligently as:
- Currently serves as Zone Counselor to the LWML Metropolitan Zone in Dallas;
- Ministerial Advisory Board member for the Dallas Health and Wellness Institute (DHWI);
- Chairman of the Black Clergy Caucus of the LCMS;
- Interim pastor for Epiphany Lutheran Church;
- Radio ministry with Grace, Mercy, and Peace which broadcasted over four states;
- Chairman of the Black Churchmen's Conference of the Southern District;
- Chaplain of Black Clergy Caucus of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod;
- Zone Counselor for the LWML- New Orleans Zone;
- Graduating class 2005 Pastoral Leadership Institute and Devotion Leader
The Apostle Paul, for whom this SPLC is named, offered the following advice to young Timothy. These words have come to represent the essence of Rev. Williams' life and mission: "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16, 17 NIV)