The Reverend Clarence A. Williams, Pastor
Greater Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church
Pastor Williams, a native of Bartow, Florida attended Bartow High School where he pursued his love for music. He played in the concert band and formed a youth band with three friends where he played the drums. He attended Knoxville College graduating with a major in Biology.
In 1999, Bishop Frank C. Cummings assigned Pastor Williams to Greater Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in St. Petersburg, Florida where he presently serves as Senior Pastor. As a faithful servant and good steward, the Lord gave him a vision to enlarge his territory for Ministry. He followed the vision and embarked on a $2 million project to relocate the Church to a larger facility in 2008; the church has doubled in membership since.
In 2013, he formed Cross & Anvil Human Services, a nonprofit organization designed to serve the residents of Campbell Park and Melrose communities regardless of their religious beliefs. He is a Board Member for the Community Health Centers of Pinellas County, St. Petersburg, Life Member of the NAACP, and Co-founder of F.A.S.T. Justice Ministry. He is a founding member of Men In The Making, a youth mentoring organization. He serves as treasurer and board member for the Collective Empowerment Group, an organization developed to empower communities to pool their resources by which all parties benefit.
Pastor Williams believes in speaking truth to power, he believes the Bible directs him to “speak for those who cannot speak for themselves”. He desires to inform and educate his congregation of the important issues of today. He is an advocate of education, and works with the education community to find solutions to problems in the system. He has served as Treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees for the A.M.E. Church West Coast Conference for over seventeen (17) years.
Pastor Williams is married to Mrs. Andrea P. Williams and they work as a team in ministry. They have two daughters, Dominique and Dr. Andria.
Pastor Williams strives to lead by example with a kind, compassionate and giving spirit. He distinguishes himself as a people’s person. His ministry is Christ centered and spirit lead. His favorite scripture passages are Philippians 3:13-14, and Ephesians 4:1-3. He enjoys playing golf, fishing and listening to classical music.