Meet the Pastor

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The Right Reverend Doctor Jeffery A. Williams, a native of Englewood, NJ, and graduate of the famed A Better Chance Program at Simsbury High School 1981, (Simsbury, CT) whose forward-thinking ideals are helping to reshape the social and spiritual landscape of Rhode Island and beyond. In 1981, Williams attended Brown University (Providence, RI) and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Environmental Analysis, a concentration he personally created. In May 2007, Williams received his Doctorate of Ministry degree in Urban Complex Settings from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Hamilton, MA). His completed dissertation entitled: “Urban Leadership Development Through the Practical Truth University: A Case Study in the Intentional Role and Practice of ‘Metanoia’ for Personal and Community Transformation” is a manual for much of the work he does today. Dr. Williams graduated in June, 2010 with a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard ‘s Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Williams was consecrated as Overseer of the New England Diocese by His Grace Donald Hilliard II, in 2008. Summer 2015 saw Dr. Williams elevated to the office of Bishop-Designate; he was consecrated to the Holy Office of Bishop in Spring 2016 by Bishop Hilliard. He is married to Lelani (Bonner) Williams and is the enthusiastic father of two teenage daughters, Joy Victoria and Grace Noelle.

His commitment to helping others understand the connection between principle and practice, led to the founding of the Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly in 1999, renamed “The King’s Cathedral ” in May 2013. Under Dr. Williams’ leadership, the King’s Cathedral now owns five properties, including an historic church located in the Olneyville Square neighborhood of Providence and has distributed over 60 tons of food and tens of thousands of articles of clothing, household goods and furniture to those in need. As Chief Empowerment Officer, his congregation in Providence has grown from nine members to well over 500 hundred regularly attend, with 30 different ministries and programs. serving the community. Internationally, Dr. Williams oversees 43 congregations in six nations and has established the “The Well-Life Project” which is the funding arm to create 12 fresh water wells in Kitwe, Zambia.

Dr. Williams has been a regular chapel speaker for the New England Patriots as well as other professional football and soccer teams since 2005. His Current* and past community involvement include:

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Board of Directors, RI Free Clinic*;
Board of Directors, Achievement First Rhode Island Mayoral Academy*;
Providence Police Advisory Board*;
Board Member, Ministers Alliance of Rhode Island*,
New England Patriots (Chapel Speaker)*; Commissioner, Providence Board of Licenses*;
Brown University National Children’s Study Advisory Board*
Board of Directors, John Hope Settlement House; Rhode Island Foundation, Black Philanthropy Initiative; Board of Directors, Greater Providence YMCA;
Board of Directors, Family Services of Rhode Island; US Attorney General’s Project Safe Neighborhoods; Providence After School Alliance, Executive Committee;
Mayor’s Council of Religious Leaders;
Board of Directors, Rhode Island Kids Count; Governing Board of Ready To Learn Providence: Vice Chairman of the Earn Tax Credit Program for the United Way of RI.
Several organizations have recognized the service that Dr. Williams has rendered by honoring him and the Cathedral of Life with several awards:

  • The Thurgood Marshall Award – RI Branch of the NAACP 2012
  • Ten People To Watch in 2010, Providence Journal
  • Honorary Young Professional of the Year 2007, Young Professionals Organization
  • Community Service Award 2005, Leadership Rhode Island
  • The Medallion Award for Outstanding Public Service 2004, Secretary of State, Matthew Brown
  • Outstanding Citizen of the Year 2003, The Rhode Island Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
  • Top Ten People You Don’t Know But Soon Will Change the Face of RI 2001, Providence Monthly Magazine