Rev. Reginald Williams, affectionately known as “Reggie” and “Pastor” has for over twenty-six spirit filled years enhanced Charity Baptist Church of Christ, Inc.’s Biblical preaching/teaching ministries, increased its membership, finances and faithful support of Foreign and Home Missions.
Rev. Williams was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to the late Eddie B. Henderson and the late Emma Lou Williams. He is best friend, loving husband and joint partner in the ministry to his “college sweetheart”, First Lady, Deacon Sandra Elaine Canady Williams and a devoted father to their three children, Naomi Nicole, Tabitha Christine and Jonathan David. They reside in their beloved Harlem Community “by deliberate choice”.
Pastor Williams is a product and graduate of the NYC School System (Jr. High School 13 and Louis D. Brandeis High School). He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Sociology/Psychology) from the University of Connecticut, attended UConn’s School of Social Work and American International College (AIC), where he received a Masters in Public Administration. He later earned a Degree in Religious Studies from Manhattan Bible Institute.
Pastor Williams was licensed (12/19/86) and ordained (9/18/87) into the Gospel Ministry by the Paradise Baptist Church (NYC) under the Pastorate and Tutorage of Rev. Dr. Lee A. Arrington. At the request of Charity’s Official Board and with the consent and blessing of Pastor Arrington, Rev. Williams and his family went to Charity to assist its organizing Pastor, the late Rev. John J. Mickens. For 18 months, he served faithfully as “Assistant to Pastor Mickens”.
Upon Pastor Mickens’ retirement and recommendation, Rev. Williams prayerfully accepted the ‘Call’ to become Charity’s second Pastor, effective January 1, 1989.
In recognition of his God given vision of a world-wide Gospel Ministry, Pastor Williams’ Pre-Inaugural Banquet was held at the United Nations Delegates’ Dining Hall on February 4, 1989. The late Rev. Dr. Edward Earl Johnson, former UMBA Moderator, President of the Baptist Ministers’ Conference of NYC and Vicinity presided. The late Rev. Dr. Ronald B. Packnett, former Pastor of St. James Baptist Church (CT) and Central Baptist Church (St. Louis, MO.) was the keynote Preacher. Rev. Dr. Lee A. Arrington was the Installation Preacher the following day at Charity Baptist Church and has been the Anniversary Preacher ever since.
Pastor Williams is a gifted counselor, preacher/teacher and is highly regarded for his “spirit of generosity”. He has a passion and commitment for Evangelistic outreach ministries, including Church Newsletter, annual bus and boat rides, cookouts, outdoor worship services, revivals, distribution of food, clothing, toys, Bibles and educational supplies and scholarships.
Charity is a “tithing church” and Pastor Williams is deeply committed to “doing everything decent and in order”, fiscal integrity and “accountable stewardship”. Individual quarterly financial statements of members’ tithes and offering are distributed and all of Charity’s financial transactions are audited annually by a leading, independent certified public accounting firm.
Rev. Williams’ Pastorate has produced nine sons and daughters in ministry; who are actively accelerating “the furtherance of the gospel”.