Gospel preacher listed in Our Ministers and Song Leaders of the Church of Christ, by Annie C. Tuggle, 1945, 154.
Annual National Lectureship Ministerial Banquet “Saluting Fallen Soldiers and Honoring Servants of the Redeemed” Saturday, April 7, 2012 The National Lectureship Banquet held among African American Churches of Christ was first conceived by the late John Oscar Williams, who then served as Evangelist of the Central Church of Christ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The objective of the Banquet is to recognize and remember the lives of deceased Ministers within our fellowship who made contributions and great sacrifices on behalf of the Lord’s visible kingdom. Dr. R. C. Wells, Minister Emeritus of the Harlem Church of Christ in New York City, and Chairman of the National Lectureship Advisory Committee, gave a definitive statement regarding its function – “Saluting Fallen Soldiers and Honoring Servants of the Redeemer.” John Oscar Williams, for whom the Ministerial Banquet is named, was born April 19, 1910, in Vidalia, Georgia, to the parents of John Henry and Annie Williams. He received his education at Vidalia Industrial School and Magnolia High School in Valdosta, Georgia. In the year 1930, John Oscar Williams married the former Miss Gertrude Jones of Valdosta, Georgia, and to this union they were blessed with one daughter. Sister Gertrude Jones Williams passed away on December 19, 1982. In the summer of 1931, while attending a gospel meeting held in Valdosta by the late Marshall Keeble, John O. Williams accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized into the Church of Christ. With the encouragement of Luke Miller who served as the local evangelist, John O. Williams began his illustrious ministerial career which spanned for over fifty-seven years. John O. Williams began his illustrious ministerial career which spanned for over fifty-seven years. He traveled extensively with Luke Miller and Marshall Keeble during tent meetings throughout the South as a song leader and Bible reader. John O. Williams served Churches of Christ in the states of Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. While laboring as the pulpit Minister of the Jackson Street Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee, he attended Nashville Christian Institute and took theology classes at Fisk University. It was during this time that he became editor of the Crusader - the newspaper of Nashville Christian Institute. In the year 1958, John O. Williams began his culminating twenty-seven years of fulltime ministry with the Northside [now Central] Church of Christ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Upon the arrival of Brother Williams, there were approximately sixty (60) precious souls. However, within a few years the congregation experienced phenomenal growth with a membership totaling well over three hundred. The interest in Christian education by Evangelist John Oscar Williams was demonstrated in the fact that he was a member of the Board of Directors of Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas; a staff writer for the Christian Echo and a consultant for many gospel preachers both young and aged across the brotherhood. Having retired from active pulpit ministry in the year 1982, John O. Williams passed away on March 7, 1988, while on vacation in Bradenton, Florida. In the year 1988 during the 44th Annual National Lectureship in St. Louis, Missouri, a resolution was unanimously passed by the Advisory Committee, naming the Lectureship Banquet ”The John O. Williams Ministerial Memorial Banquet.” “Let me die the death of the righteous” --Christian Courier p. 6
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