Williams’ election came Thursday during the 23rd Pentecostal World Conference being held this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Pentecostal World Fellowship advisory committee consists of member representatives who are superintendents, presidents, chairpersons and key leaders of Pentecostal/Charismatic national councils, churches, organizations and educational institutions.
Held triennially, this year’s conference marks the first time Pentecostal leaders from around the globe have met in the Malaysian city. The theme for this conference — “IN ONE ACCORD … Rallying, Reaching and Releasing the Next Generation” — is a “... prophetic call of our Lord Jesus Christ to inspire, equip and connect everyone, of every age group and nation, for a strategic thrust to build His church,” according to a press statement released today by the Church of God International Offices.
The Pentecostal World Fellowship is a cooperative body of Pentecostal churches and groups worldwide who are committed to further the gospel to the ends of the world, the press release cites.
“The mission of the Pentecostal World Fellowship is to unite and mobilize the global Spirit-filled family in completing the Great Commission of Jesus Christ,” it added.
The Pentecostal World Fellowship objectives include:
1. To promote and encourage regional and continental alliances among spirit-filled networks.
2. To promote and connect spirit-filled leaders — shapers of communities and nations.
3. To speak to governments and nations when and where social justice and religious rights are compromised and/or violated for the sake of the gospel.
4. To foster world missions and to support humanitarian efforts and, where possible, to provide relief aid.
5. To serve as a cooperative fellowship for Pentecostal Theological institutions to promote the development of education and leadership training.
6. To change the global contour of Christianity by emphasizing coordinated worldwide prayer.
7. To organize a triennial celebration (Pentecostal World Conference) that will gather the global spirit-filled family to advance the mission and purposes of the Pentecostal fellowship.
Williams serves as general overseer for the Church of God, the highest leadership role in the denomination. Elected to the post in 2012, Williams previously served as second assistant general overseer from 2008–12.
Prior to leading the Church of God on the International Executive Committee, Williams served as the state overseer for California-Nevada and was a member of the International Executive Council.
Williams began his ministerial career as an evangelist, traveling on the weekends while earning a degree from Lee University. In 1995, he accepted his first pastorate, leading the South Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland for four years, followed by a five-year tenure at the Riverhills Church in Tampa, Fla.
Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Lee University, Master of Divinity from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at the seminary. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Lee University in 2010. He is married to Sandra Kay, and they have two sons, Austin and Ryan.