Office of Bishop Matthew Williams
Prelate, Florida Southwestern Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction
General Board Member, Church Of God In Christ, Inc.
BISHOP MATTHEW JOHN WILLIAMS, was born in March of 1956 in Lakeland, Florida. He is the son of the late Elder Matthew Williams, Sr. and the late Mother Louise Williams. Bishop Williams graduated from Brandon High School in 1974 and attended Hillsborough Community College to refine his musical skill. In 1975, he started his career with Busch Gardens and remained there until he became a full-time pastor in 1987.
He accepted Christ as his personal Savior in 1973, at the age of 17. He began working at the Brown Memorial Church Of God In Christ as a Deacon in Training in 1975. A year later, he was ordained a Deacon in this church. In 1980, Bishop Williams acknowledged his call to the ministry and in 1982 he became a Licensed Minister. He was ordained an Elder in February of 1984 by the late Bishop W. E. Davis.
On March 26, 1985, Bishop Williams was appointed Pastor of the Brown Temple Church Of God In Christ. In March of 1996, Elder Williams and the congregation marched into a newly built edifice. In honor of its founder, Bishop Williams changed the name of the church to the Brown Memorial Church Of God In Christ.
Bishop Williams has held many positions. Among them was: Second Administrative Assistant to the late Bishop W. E. Davis, Assistant Superintendent of the Pinellas District, Superintendent of the Greater Love/Suncoast District, National Adjutant, and Overseer Adjutant. Bishop Williams was consecrated and installed to the Sacred Office of Bishop of the Jurisdiction of Southwestern Florida on February 24, 1998.
Since his installment, Bishop Williams has served as Chairman of the Dress Code Committee, Protocol Committee, and Election Committee for the Board of Bishops. He has also served as Adjutant Bishop and Episcopal Coordinator of the Board of Bishops. In January 2005, Bishop Williams was appointed Adjutant General of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. For a period of three terms (2005 to 2017) he served as the chief minister of protocol for the national church denomination. In November 2016, during the 109th Annual Holy Convocation in St. Louis, Missouri, Bishop Matthew Williams was elected as one of the Church Of God In Christ’s newest members of its General Board – the highest executive and administrative board within the Church Of God In Christ, consisting of twelve elected bishops, including the Presiding Bishop. Most recently, Bishop Williams was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas Christian College, Jacksonville, FL. Bishop Matthew Williams has been married to Gayle (Dixon) Williams since 1976. They have been blessed with one child; Deniece Williams.
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