Bishop Williams is the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Perry and Bonnie Williams of Geiger, Alabama. Upon graduating from Sumter County High School, Bishop Williams matriculated to the University of West Alabama (Livingston) where he received both his bachelor’s degree in Business and master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling.
While in college, Bishop Williams was a 4-year letterman in basketball, a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the L-Club and bi-racial committee, as well as the Student Government Association. Later Bishop Williams studied Theology at Christian Life School of Theology in Columbus, Georgia and received an Honorary Doctor of Theology Degree from St. Thomas Christian College and Seminary of Jacksonville, Florida.
Bishop Williams began his professional career in 1977 as Director of Housing at the University of West Alabama. In 1982 he became Director of Student Support Services and later became Dean of Students in 1995 at Wallace Community College Selma until retirement in December of 2000.
Bishop Williams is the founder and co-founder of several pivotal organizations however, he is best known for being the founder, pastor, and bishop of Tabernacle of Praise Church, Inc. which has four campuses across Alabama. The main church campus is in Selma, AL with other campuses in Birmingham, Decatur, and Uniontown. Tabernacle of Praise is nationally known for its annual Victory in Praise (VIP) Conference.
Bishop Williams’ ministerial services extends throughout the southeast of the United States. As a pastor to pastors, Bishop Williams is the founder of AL/MS Fellowship of Churches and serves as a counselor and advisor to pastors. In 2019, Bishop Williams humbly accepted the opportunity given by Bishop Neil C. Ellis of Nassau, Bahamas to serve as the Provincial Leader of Global United Fellowship South Central region covering AL, AR, LA, MS, TN, & KY.
Bishop Williams is married to the graceful former Brenda Faye Smith of Lisman, Alabama. They have three children: Alesha (Bishop Wade Jackson), Andrea (Mr. Jarrod Pope), and Effell, Jr. and one granddaughter, Ambrielle.