New Associate Conference Minister for Clergy and Authorized Ministry Concerns Announced!
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
We are pleased to introduce…
The Reverend Dr. Marsha E. Williams
As the next Associate Conference Minister for Clergy and Authorized Ministry Concerns for the New York Conference.
Dr. Williams is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. Her academic degrees include a B.A. in Religion from Martin University, an M.A. in Theological Studies from Christian Theological Seminary, a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University, as well as a certificate as a Paralegal from the Professional Careers Institute in Indianapolis. She has served in pastoral ministry since 1995 serving churches in Indiana as well as the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. She has served as an Assistant Pastor, Pastor, Senior Pastor, New Church Start Founding Pastor, Interim Minister and Transitional Minister which has provided her with a broad understanding of the various contexts of ministry.
As a pastor of the Pacific Northwest Conference, Marsha has worked with conference staff in the development and implementation of two workshops: “Healthy Relationships in the Church (A conversation around congregational health, communication, leadership, and power); and “Pastoral Relations Committees: The Nuts and Bolts”. References have described her as “an engaging speaker who knows her topic and her audience”.
Dr. Williams writes:
“In ministry, I am passionate about empowering God’s people. My doctoral work focused on the study of Robert Greenleaf’s perspective of servant leadership, which states that the “goal of leaders is to serve and empower followers.” I am convinced that the mark of true ministry is not how successful I become as a pastor, but rather how successful the people become under my leadership.”
“I am driven by the desire to "cheer" and encourage others to strive toward success and wholeness in every aspect of their lives, spiritually, emotionally, economically, and even physically. This passion propels me to continue the work of ministry.”
“In the rapidly changing world in which we live, ministry requires all of us to remain open to new scriptural revelations as well as new ideas and new ways of doing things. This is not to suggest that we abandon our traditions. However, to be effective ministers, we must recognize that God is so much bigger than our traditions and that reaching the masses will require us to lock arms and make the circle of faith much wider than it already is. There is a place at the table for all of God's children.”
Marsha loves music. She sings and plays numerous woodwind and brass instruments plus the drums. She is married to Michele Edwards-Williams and they have one grown daughter, Courtney.
She will be moving to New York from Renton, Washington in early April. Her start date is yet to be determined.