James Williams: In His Own Words

Serving, Leading and Learning

James Williams, Campolo Scholar and Palmer Theological Seminary student, 

My summer has been one of abundant blessing, being filled with
both prolific productivity and renewal! I started a part-time position at
International Ministries — the global outreach arm of the American Baptist
Churches, USA. As the Administrative Assistant to Asia, I have the privilege of
helping coordinate an incredible variety of missional efforts across Asia. In
July, International Ministries sent me to Green Lake, MI to participate in the
World Mission Conference. While there, I spent time with missionaries, pastors,
and organizational heads from around the world. I am particularly excited for
this upcoming December, when I will lead a 10-day excursion to the Philippines
to participate in the 75th anniversary of the Hopevale Martyrs — a group of 11
American Baptist missionary families who gave their lives to protect native
Filipinos against the Japanese invasion during World War II. We will spend
several days working with mission organizations in urban Manila before heading
off to a significantly more rural Hopevale to attend the celebration.

James Williams and his colleagues at International Ministries — the global outreach arm of American Baptist Churches, USA.

In addition to my new work with International Ministries, I’ve
continued to work both as a part-time student worker at Palmer Theological
Seminary and as an Associate Minister at The Green Church. I particularly
enjoyed designing, teaching, and finishing a Bible Study called “A Journey
Through John”, whereby I attempted to lead my congregants on a 22-week
exploration through the Johannine Gospel. I also continued working with
Evangelicals for Social Action where I serve as a Ronald Sider Scholar at the
Sider Center.

In June, I was humbled to learn that I was the recipient of a generous scholarship from Church Mutual Insurance Company as part of their Religious Scholars Program.

James Williams preaching the Good News at The Green Church.

Through all of this, I’ve had the wonderful privilege of
continuing my preaching ministry. I spent several Sundays preaching at The
Green Church, where I am an Associate Minister. I was the guest preacher for
two weeks at Upland Baptist Church at the end of July, and I helped lead
worship at the Silverside Church in Wilmington, DE for several weeks. I expect
to preach at St. Paul’s church in South Philadelphia at the end of August and
have been invited to preach at North Wales Baptist Church sometime in the

I’m looking forward to this upcoming fall semester! In addition to
my ministry, work, and classes, I will be serving as a Teaching Assistant for
Dr. Donald Brash — Palmer’s resident Systematic Theologian. One of the things
I’m most looking forward to, however, is my time spent with the Campolo Center.
I can’t express the value I attach to the time I get to spend with Tony. His
wisdom and knowledge of all things related to ministry are, for lack of a
better word, inspiring. I look forward to continuing to grow through the
guidance Tony and Robert provide me, and I will strive to reciprocate the love
that the Campolo Center has shown me. However, I can help, I’m glad and honored
to do so.



1 Comment

  1. Edward C Heist on November 29, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I graduated from Eastern in’56 with Tony.
    He was all about Jesus and sports in that order

    AS you have learned he iis very focused.
    Hope you can meet his wife Peggy. She is also a gem.

    Ed Heist

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