Floyd Williams, Jr.

Elder

Ministries: Training and Development & Marketing

I have been asked many times, “What made you choose to become a member of the Church of Christ?” One of the influencing factors was just watching some of the older brothers who were dedicated to Christ and how they were different from most of the men I knew growing up. Watching these men become strong leaders in the church inspired me to be more like them.  I began to shadow these men when they would visit the sick, or clean someone’s yard or handle the duties at the church building, so much so, that I was performing as a deacon even before I became one. I continued as a deacon to the best of my ability and when the opportunity to become an elder arose, even though some felt I was too young, I accepted the role.

We should all equip and prepare ourselves to be ready and willing to work for God when the opportunity arises.  I believe that in 2 Timothy 1:7, when God refers to not giving us the spirit of fear, it tells us not being timid when there is work to be done in the Lord’s church.

My Christian walk commenced just after graduating from college. I began studying with my wife, who had been a member of the West End Church of Christ for about a year.  I attended services with her and continued to study with Wesley Brown and eventually obeyed the gospel one Wednesday evening during Bible class.

As an elder, I am constantly mindful to try to spend time with all members, not just those with whom I have something in common.  It takes a lot of effort to remember to be available to everyone, especially with a congregation as large as West End.

The scripture that I like to live by is Galatians 6:7. Every day we sow seeds, which can be positive or negative.  I always say that we are where we are based on decisions we made 5 years ago.  It is a guarantee that whatever we sow, we will reap.  If we understand that principle then we are more thoughtful with the decisions that we make.

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