Bishop D.J. Williams, 91, “Wings of Love” Pastor, Soars on to Glory

Bishop D.J. Williams and his wife Ida. Photo courtesy of Wings of Love archive.

By Post Staff

The members of Wings of Love Maranatha Ministries mourn the passing of Bishop Donald James Williams their founder, social justice advocate, and community leader. “We’re honored and humbled that he fought the good fight, kept the faith, and completed his mission at age 91,” said his wife, Ida Phillips- Williams.

On Sun. Nov. 3, 2019, Bishop Williams, a native Californian born in San Bernardino, passed away peacefully at home. He was surrounded by his loving wife Lady Ida, his family church family, and friends.

According to the writer Mark Twain who said, “there are two important moments in the life of every man who has made an unforgettable mark in the surging tides of life: the moment he is born and the moment he finds out why.”

It was early in his life that Donald James Williams became aware of God’s call on his life to be a shepherd of the Lord’s flock, a herald of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and a mentor to the community at large that became his life-long pursuit.

Bishop Williams was a powerful preacher for 60 years, pastoring churches in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas and California. He always entered a pulpit prepared to weave history and insight, the promise of God’s Grace and a call to commitment and relevance across several generations. Known as the “praying pastor,” he never preached without lifting up the precious promises of scripture and offering an invitation to discipleship.

His ministry inspired young people and held them accountable to high standards of achievement, provided wise biblical counsel to the young and old, implemented programs to serve the community, such as the David E. Glover  Education Technology Center. “He spread his wings of love to develop a rich worship environment where so many people came to know the Lord and were spiritually nurtured,” said member Donna Hayes.

“He had an unwavering commitment and an attitude of selfless service, sowing seeds of Godly wisdom and love through our church’s advocacy and service to the needy, hungry and forgotten members of the community,” said member Sondra Alexander.

Over his 60 years of ministry, he influenced and touched thousands of lives, and through those lives, his legacy will live on.


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