Our Pastor

About Our Pastor

Bishop Edward J. Williams

Bishop Edward J. Williams is the only son among the four children of Apostle Edward E. Williams and Mother Ruth L. Williams. He is blessed with two phenomenal, God-fearing parents who have nurtured and guided him throughout his life journey. Edward has been a member of the Pentecostal Church of God (PCOG) since its inception in 1968 under the leadership of his pastor and father.

In 1984, Minister Williams was ordained as an Elder of the Lord’s church at the annual convocation of the International Bible Way Church (IBWC) in Baltimore, Maryland. From 2004
to 2016 he served as District Elder and in 2006, he was assigned to the Chairmanship of the Credential Office of IBWC. On July 4th, 2014, he was consecrated as a Bishop in Baltimore, Maryland, under the auspices of the IBWC organization.

He was affirmed as Pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God on February 13, 2016. Leading the church with a focus on biblical foundations, spiritual formation, and missional work, Bishop Williams has demonstrated commitment, compassion, and care. Addressing the spiritual and emotional needs of the church family during the pandemic has been a priority for Bishop Williams. In addition, under his pastorate the ministry is focused on community engagement.

In alignment with the commitment to meet the natural needs of people, Bishop Williams has led the fellowship in reaching out to the least fortunate. The church has actively assisted missions and shelters in the NYC area, generously donating to those in crisis before and during the pandemic. Following the earthquake in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in April 2021, the church organized a food and clothing drive. As of the launch of this revised website in October 2021, the fellowship is collecting clothing, food, and school supplies for Haiti, which recently experienced a devastating earthquake. Additionally, an annual free schoolbook bag giveaway to the community has been a tradition.

Bishop Edward J. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in theology from Manhattan Bible Institute and a bachelor’s degree in arts in psychology and sociology from the City University of New York Baccalaureate Program at Hunter College. He obtained a master’s in social work with a Clinical concentration from Yeshiva University and completed the Supervisor In Field Instruction certification at New York University, allowing him to supervise graduate students in their clinical practice. He acquired his Doctorate in Ministry (D Min) from The United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His mentors for this area of study were Dr. Harold A. Carter, Jr. and Bishop Rudolph McKissick in the Prophetic Preaching for the Twenty-First Century program, designed by the late Rev. Dr. Samuel Dewitt Proctor. He is currently attending Union Theology Seminary pursing a master’s in religion and psychology.

Bishop Edward J. Williams and Mrs. Lynette F. Williams will celebrate their forty-sixth year of marriage on October 6, 2024. They have four adult children: Marine Staff Sergeant Jerry Williams, Edward III, and Jonathan, along with one daughter-in-law, Charnell. The couple is also
blessed with two grandsons, Cayden and Jerry “LJ,” and two granddaughters, Korii Monet and

He would like to invite you to join us in worship and share in the fellowship with the amazing people of God.