About the Pastor
Pastor and Founder
Willie S. Williams, Jr.
Willie S. Williams, Jr. is a native Memphian. He
attended the Memphis Public Schools, graduating
from Melrose High School.
a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Learning
at Christian Brothers University, he received a
Master's Degree in Counseling from Memphis State
University; and was later awarded a Master's Degree
from Memphis Theological Seminary.
Williams was licensed to preach at the New Era Baptist
Church in Memphis, TN in 1983. He became the pastor
of the Ascension Baptist Church in October 1990.
Under his leadership the Lord has blessed Ascension
to experience significant growth, to become a ministry
driven church; and to gain a reputation of being
a progressive church that has not lost the personal
Pastor Williams is a member of the
Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association. He has
served as a Vice-Moderator with the Friendship District
Pastor Williams has not limited his efforts
of trying to make a difference in the lives of people
to his work in the church; but has also endeavored
to lift lives and build communities through his
employment in the public sector. He was employed
with the Tennessee Department of Corrections; and
later with the United States Probation and Pretrial
Services System, where he retired in 2011 as a Supervisory
United States Probation Officer for the Western
District of Tennessee.
He is a member of the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc., Clergy United for the Memphis
Schools, and is involved with a number of other
civic groups and community organizations.
Pastor Williams is married to the former Shirley
Ann Walton. He has three children, Talia, Nicholas
and Jeremy; and five grandchildren.