Ivan L. Williams, Sr.

was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.  He graduated from Oakwood College, in Huntsville, Alabama, with an Associate of Science degree in Communications in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology in 1986.  In 1988 he graduated from Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a Masters of Divinity and from Commissioned Officer Training School USAF in 1996. In 2002, Williams graduated from Squadron Officer School Air University in Residence and from Claremont School of Theology, in Claremont, California with a Doctor of Ministry degree.  His dissertation dealt with pastoral burnout and renewal in Seventh-day Adventist ministry.

Currently, Dr. Williams serves as the Ministerial Director for the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists based in Pleasant Hill, California helping and supporting 130 pastors and their families.  He also serves as a Chaplain for the Legislative California State Assembly, and as a Chaplain (Major) for the 129th California Air National Guard Rescue Wing.

His pastoral ministry spans over twenty-four years, and has included churches in the South Atlantic, Southeastern California, and Northern California Conferences.     He is president of Brighter Hope Ministries, and has authored a book that encourages pastors and laity to have staying power in ministry. The book is entitled Keep the Flame Burning in Your Ministry.

Dr. Williams has served on many boards, community groups, and has received many awards through achievements, but his greatest joy is sharing the hope and good news found only in Jesus Christ. He has been able to be all he can be with unconditional love and support of His Heavenly Father, and faithful wife Kathleen, and their two children, Imani, and Ivan, II.