Reverend Kenneth Ray Williams was born on November 8, 1951, in Dallas, Texas, to James A. and Corine Williams. He peacefully transitioned to eternity on September 22, 2019, in Garland, Texas.
He graduated from Roosevelt High School. While growing up, he loved basketball. His ultimate pursuit was a career in basketball. However, as time went on, he realized God had another plan for his life. As a young man, he was employed in food distribution for over 18 years.
At an early age, Reverend Williams became a follower of Christ. He was a member of El Bethel Baptist Church until he joined First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park in 1981 under the pastorate of the late Dr. J. Lee Foster. As a member of First Baptist, he was inspired to “get to work” for the Lord through the zealous labor of numerous faithful servants, namely Dr. Gregory Foster and Dr. Ken Daniels. Through that inspiration, he enrolled in Southern Bible Institute and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theological Studies in 1993. He continued his studies at Tyndale Theological Seminary and received a Master of Divinity and later a Master of Pastoral Counseling from Christian Bible College.
In answering the call of God to a life of ministry, Reverend Williams began teaching in Baptist Training Union and Sunday School. He preached his first sermon in November 1995. As he continued to do the work of the ministry, the Lord gave him a passion and burden to see marriages succeed and families thrive. As a result, he organized and operated Home Court Advantage, Inc., a counseling ministry which helped many families from 1995 to 2003.
In early 2003, under the pastorate of Dr. Gregory Foster, he was appointed as Pastor of Congregational Care and Pastor’s Assistant. He continued these roles until his passing. Reverend Williams faithfully served in many capacities, including Dean of Students at J. Lee Foster School of Biblical Studies, Family Ministry Coordinator, Usher Ministry President, and FBCHP Basketball Coach. He delightfully taught Yokefellows and Women’s Ministry Bible Study, Vacation Bible School, AWANA, Singles Ministry, and the Home Builders Sunday School class. Rev. Williams authored and taught Marriage Takes Three, a premarital course. His kingdom work extended into the community where he served as Board Member for Network of Churches, Richardson, Texas.
He frequently declared, “preparation precedes presentation”, “do your best, pray that it’s blessed, and God will do the rest”, “give us this day” (while getting $5 worth of gas), “stay in a posture of prayer”, and “ in Jesus name, the only name that saves”.
Preceding Reverend Williams in death were his parents; brother, Charles Nealy; sisters, Glenda Cox and Vickie Williams; and brother-in-law, Pastor Jesse D. Hamilton, Jr. Those left to cherish precious memories and continue his legacy of love include his devoted and loving wife, Pamela Williams; daughters, Andreanna "DeDe" Williams and Coretta Williams; granddaughter, Jordan Williams; brother, James Williams III; mother-in-law, Laurine Collins; sister-in-law, Etoyce Hamilton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and many he touched for the cause of Christ.