Bishop Isaiah Simmeon Williams Jr., senior pastor, founder and CEO of Jesus People Ministries Church International, Inc., was received home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 2. After a brief time in the hospital, his death was attributed from complications affiliated with Lupus. He was 57 years old.
A “Celebration of the Legacy and Life” of Bishop Williams took place on July 9 at 11 a.m. at El Rey Jesus Ministries International.
Dr. Creflo Dollar, senior pastor, founder and CEO of World Changers Church International in Atlanta, Ga., performed the eulogy.
Williams was born and raised in the city of Miami, where he grew up as the great-grandson, grandson and son of founding African Methodist Episcopal Church pastors and stewards. He was the third of six children of the late Isaiah S. Williams Sr. and Agnes Williams. It was at the age of 12 that he met his wife, Gloria, in secondary school, and they were married in June of 1974. Williams has two daughters, Lori and Richelle.
Williams excelled as a student and athlete and was awarded a basketball scholarship to John J. Pershing College, where he remained until joining in the United States Navy. In the Navy, he served as a Navy Shipman aboard the USS John F. Kennedy Aircraft Carrier.
Following a successful Navy career, Williams attended Miami Christian College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He received a Bible diploma from Dr. Lester Sumrall’s World Harvest Bible College. In 1991, he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from All Nations of Christ Institute International, a previous affiliate of Oral Roberts University. In 2004, he earned a Doctorate of Life Degree from Vision International University.
In 1983, the call of God was confirmed and set in motion as Williams started the work of Jesus People Ministries Church International, Inc. The church has grown to more than 8,000 members, and the Life has an even larger number of partners throughout Florida, the United States and the world. The heart of Jesus People Ministries Church is one of domestic and foreign missions outreach with an evangelistic thrust.
Williams taught and proclaimed the truth of the uncompromising Word of God with integrity, fervor and sound character. He was an author and an acclaimed conference speaker as well as overseer of a vast number of affiliate ministries.
Bishop Williams has served on several boards of ministries from around the country. He and his wife have been frequent hosts of South Florida’s “Praise the Lord” television program broadcast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and on TBN’s nationally televised broadcast. They are also the executive producers and hosts of the weekly television broadcast “Right Connection” seen nationally.
Williams was also the president and CEO of The Justice, Potential and Motivation (JPM) Centre located in Miami Gardens. The JPM Centre serves as an oasis for economic and social development in the city of Miami Gardens and its neighboring sectors. As a community development corporation, the Centre will emphasize building cultural diversity, economic stability and moral presence within society, as well as providing elderly housing, housing for at risk youth, enriched cultural and performing arts Culture, recreation and more.
Williams added to the community – not only as a spiritual voice – but as a community activist. He served the citizens of Miami as an official sworn Police Chaplain for the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Under his leadership, Jesus People Ministries Church Int’l has been presented a Key to the City of Miami by the mayor’s office of Dade County; a Key to the City of Opa-Locka and a Key to the City of Rockledge.
Williams was also a dedicated and devoted husband and father whose work in the Life was family-oriented, encompassing the wholeness of God’s people. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gloria Williams; his daughters, Lori Clemons and Richelle Wright; his son-in-law, Lawrence Wright III; his grandchildren, Austin Clemons, Lawrence Wright IV and Klassik Wright.
For more information, visit Jesus People Ministries Church International, Inc. at www.JesusPeopleMiami.com.