Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pastor Ron Williams

Born and raised in northern Florida, our pastor served in the Marine Corps where he met his wife, Ku‘ulei — the Sergeant Major’s daughter. The two spent 14 years working in Tustin, Calif., as Christian Education Directors with the Navigators, a discipleship ministry developed during WWII to help people in the military. After sons Chad and Luke were born, Pastor Ron finished his degree in Christian Education. He received his Masters of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, part of the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley (Calif.), serving as Student Body President while also working at a nearby church. He served at churches in rural Colorado and suburban San Francisco before his family followed its heart to Hawaii, ultimately becoming part of the Hawaii Conference of the United Church of Christ. He served as Associate Minister to Children and Family Ministries at Central Union before becoming our Senior Pastor in 2008.

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  • After six months of severe chronic pain, having my body x-rayed, CT-scanned in numerous ways and waiting over two weeks for surgery approval, I have finally been approved for surgery.

    Waiting takes such a large part of our lives! It’s a struggle to wait patiently: to find the peace of knowing that God is in the process, and to not become annoyed with people in the system who do their job without a sense of purpose. You know the type. “Don’t blame me. I am JUST doing my job”, and having no concept that how they do their job affects people’s lives. Waiting!

    My Lenten commitment this year was to see every person that I come in contact with as gifts from God: to try to imagine what life is like through their eyes; to live out the Native American proverb of not judging until you have walked in the other person’s shoes. I have found that it has been very helpful in my waiting.

    I have also found that in waiting, you can either be anxious or calm and still. I like to be still and know that God is God. One is obviously more empowering than the other. None of this makes waiting easier, but I am finding that even in waiting, we have options of how we can respond.

    So I am waiting for my surgery to be scheduled; waiting to see if the surgery will fully diminish my pain; waiting for the next step in my healing process; and finding that physical and spiritual healing go hand in hand.

     

    Thanks for all the prayers! I have sensed their empowerment, especially on days when the pain seems overpowering. I am so grateful to be a part of a caring, loving community.

    Learning to wait,

    Pastor Ron

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