Elder Mary E. Williams
Elder Mary Williams
Elder Mary Elizabeth Williams was the pastor of the Biblical House of God Fellowship Church in the city of Cayce, South Carolina. She was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, where she graduated from C.A. Johnson High School in 1963. She was the beautiful wife of Deacon Adam Williams, Jr. for fifty-three (53) years. This union has been blessed with five (5) anointed children (Tonja, Etholya, Adam III, Raquel and Jairus) and ten (10) anointed grandchildren.
Elder Mary Williams started her ministry in the body of Christ at a young age as a member of the Progressive Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, where she served in the Music Ministry and Missionary Department. Elder Williams faithfully served in the Missionary Department and as a teacher in the Youth Department at Rehoboth United Apostolic Church under the leadership of Bishop C.L. Lorick. Her love of music and service continued as she moved to House of God, Keith Dominion in Cayce and, eventually, Biblical House of God. During this time, Elder Williams also worked as a Mental Health Specialist for many years at The Midlands Center.
Elder Mary Williams was ordained as a minister on August 6, 1988 by Bishop Alphonso Jackson, National Bishop of the Biblical House of God Church. In recognition of her dedicated service, then Minister Williams was recognized as the State Park Correctional Center’s Volunteer of The Year on January 26, 1993. In August of 1994, then Minister Williams was ordained as an elder and appointed by Bishop Jackson to succeed Bishop Wright as pastor of the Biblical House of God-Cayce. To further her spiritual education, she attended the Word of Life Outreach Bible Training Center, The Biblical House of God School of Theology, Columbia International University and Beacon University. In addition to serving as the pastor of Biblical House of God, Cayce, Elder Williams is the 2nd Assistant to Bishop Leroy Middleton Jr., the current National Bishop of the Biblical House of God.
In celebration of her numerous years in ministry and service to her community, Elder Mary Williams received a Certificate of Recognition from the House of Representatives, Representative Joseph A. McEachern. On September 15, 2013, Mayor Steve Benjamin and the Columbia Council, proclaimed every September 15th as “Pastor Mary E. Williams Day” in recognition of her outstanding service, dedication and loyalty to the Church and the Community. During October of 2016, Elder Williams received a letter of recognition from President Obama for her years of dedicated service as a faith leader and mentor.
Throughout the community, Elder Williams was known as a mighty woman of God with a heart for God’s people. She was an anointed preacher, teacher, evangelist with spiritual children across the nation. Elder Williams was a woman after God’s own heart, who lived by Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.”