Rev.Dr.Cornelius williams

Our interim pastor received his call to become a servant following his freshman year at Temple University. He worked his way through college for eight years and then proceeded to Princeton University for a graduate degree, which he earned in only two-and-a-half years. He then graduated from United Theological Seminary where he was a Samuel Proctor Fellow. Dr. Williams continued as a servant of the Lord pastoring five churches spanning 38 years. He has had the responsibility of providing pastoral leadership through preaching, teaching, counseling, pastoral visitation, mission involvement, evangelism, and guiding Gods' people to grow individually and corporately.

He currently hails from Verona, PA but has served in New Jersey and Rhode Island. He was licensed to preach by the Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, NJ in 1961 and was ordained by the New Jersey Middlesex Association in 1973.

He has served as Senior Pastor of the Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, PA; Second Baptist Church of Coatesville, PA; and Olney Street Baptist Church of Providence, RI.


He has twice been an interim pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church, Scranton, PA and Second Baptist Church of Rochester, PA.

In the cities of his pastorates, he served on numerous boards and committees and had a variety of experiences:

  • Secretary of the Ministry Alliance

  • Co-host of the Ministry Alliance radio program

  • Corresponding secretary of the three-state convention of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire

  • Served on the Urban League Board

  • Instructor, Grace Bible Institute, Coatesville, PA

  • President of the Ministers Alliance

  • Co-host of a television program, Reaching Out in Love

  • Instructor, Geneva College Satellite School

  • General Board of the American Baptist Churches USA, 1984 to 1988

  • World Vision grant recipient; traveled through Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya meeting and fellowshipping with religious and political leaders, visiting mission stations, and interacting with local residents.

Rev. Dr. Williams was married to Mary C. Williams for over 40 years until her passing in February 2018. He is the proud father of four children.

Second Baptist Church of Detroit

313 961-0920

441 Monroe Street

Detroit, MI 48226

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