|Birth: ||Jul. 11, 1871|
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 1940|
Lacey Kirk Williams was bom July 11, 1871, the son of Levi Shorter and Elizabeth Hill, former slaves who lived across the river from each other. Levi lived on Shorter Plantation, Barbour County, Alabama, and Elizabeth lived in the hills of Georgia. Lacey was born on the Shorter Plantation near Eufaula, Alabama. The name was changed by Levi from Shorter to Williams. Lacey moved to Texas with his parents and others of the family when he was seven years of age. He was brought up in the Brazos bottom in Texas. At the age of thirteen, he was converted at an old-fashion revival and baptized by Rev. A. Rivers. Lacey Williams became a member of the Thankful Baptist Church, Pitt Bridge, Texas. Lacey Kirk Williams was ordained to the Gospel Ministry, February 11, 1894 at the Thankful Baptist Church by Rev. A.A. Gorden and Rev. J.B. Dunbar. Rev. Williams was educated in Hearne Academy; Bishop College and Arkansas Baptist College. Rev. Williams taught at the River Lane School near his home. It was at this school where he met and fell in love with one of his pupils, Georgia Lewis, who later became his wife. The same year he was ordained for the ministry. Rev. Williams was President of the B.M. & E. Convention of Texas; President of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.; Vice-President of the Baptist World Alliance. Rev. Williams was the father of one son, L.K. Williams, Jr., a promising young minister.
In 1916, Dr. Lacey Kirk Williams was called to Pastor at Olivet Baptist Church in Chicago, IL. Dr. Williams was instrumental in leading Olivet to national and international prominence. He served as president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated. In addition to being the world's largest African-American Church, Olivet was also the largest Protestant Church in the world.
Under the leadership of Dr. Williams many programs were developed to assist the congregation and the community; programs such as a Day Nursery, Home for working girls, Kindergarten, and a Bus for the elderly.
Dr. Williams served Olivet with dedication and distinction for 18 years.
Dr. Williams died in an airplane crash October 29, 1940 in Olivet Michigan, and was buried in Chicago, Illinois, November 6, 1940.
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Record added: Sep 27, 2004
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