Bishop Jimmie Williams was born on July 20, 1954 in Miami, Florida. The sixth child born to Roosevelt Williams, Sr. and Willie Belle Williams, Bishop Williams is a native south Floridian where he received his formative education. In addition to his formative education, he has also received a Bachelor of Religious Studies from the Maranatha School of Religious studies and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from the Saint Thomas University in Jacksonville, Florida.
It was during a revival in 1975 at the Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Miami, Florida conducted by the late Dr. Oliver Crooms that Bishop Williams, in his early 20’s, was saved. In that same year he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at a revival conducted by Evangelist Roland Neal. While serving faithfully at the Macedonia Church of God in Christ under the tutelage of Superintendent Paul Golatt, Sr, affectionately called Dad Golatt, Bishop Williams accepted the call of God on his life to preach the gospel.
In 1980, he was ordained an elder in the Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop Jacob Cohen. Because of his faithful service to the Lord, he was appointed pastor of Saint Paul Church of God in Christ in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1989 by Bishop Jacob Cohen. He served at Saint Paul Church of God in Christ for three years until the Lord led him to establish his own ministry and gave him the name Lighthouse Worship Center Church of God in Christ. During the infancy of this ministry Bishop Williams and his congregation of 35, were in a shared facility, Calvary Chapel Church of God in Christ in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 1991 to 1993. His ministry began to experience growth in membership.
Thus in 1993, Bishop Williams secured a storefront facility for his 35 member congregation. While at the storefront facility, Bishop Williams’ congregation grew to 80. Because of God’s favor, this spiritual leader moved from a store-front bay to the present location where the weekly attendance is over 500.
Many lives have been touched by this leader’s message of hope, love, and inspiration; thus, Lighthouse Worship Center Church of God in Christ is a home and foundation for divine and miraculous displays.
On November 9, 2014, Bishop Williams was consecrated as the Jurisdictional Prelate for the Florida Eastern Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ, overseeing 116 churches across the state of Florida.
Bishop Williams has earned the reputation of being a gifted, anointed teacher and preacher of the gospel and a great psalmist. Not only is he a visionary, but also has a passion for the ministry. Bishop Williams is dedicated to his church and is also active in service to the community with a deep passion for outreach ministries that extend beyond the boundaries of the church; such as the “Feed the Children” program.
Bishop Williams was the very proud, dedicated and devoted husband to his lovely wife of 41 years, Iris E. Williams (deceased), and continues to share his life’s mission with their two beautiful daughters, Jasmine (Cedric) and Jimiris (Ira), and grandson Ira McCall, IV.
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