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Africa University, endowment, scholarships, students, United Methodist Church, South CarolinaRev. J. Elbert Williams has adopted as his motto a Kenyan proverb which says, “A man who uses force is afraid of reasoning.”  He said that this proverb informs how he has dealt with adversities in his life.

Although his paternal grandfather was a Methodist minister, Rev. Williams and his three siblings grew up in their mother’s home church, Rafting Creek Missionary Baptist Church of Rembert, SC.   It was there, Rev. Williams said, that he “came to know the risen Christ and became rooted in the Christian faith.”

In 2002, after a long period of discernment and prayer, Rev. Williams decided to follow in the footsteps of his paternal grandfather and began the process for ordination in the United Methodist Church.  In 2004, he received his first appointment---the same year that he earned his B. A. degree from Morris College (Sumter, SC).  Since then, he has completed the Course of Study at Duke University; he has earned his M. Div. degree from Hood Theological Seminary (Salisbury, NC); and he is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Erskine Theological Seminary (SC).

Rev. Williams was among the group of thirty-one who travelled with Bishop Jonathan L. Holston to Africa University in January 2014.  It was a life-changing experience for him.  He was so impressed with all that he saw and heard, that immediately upon his return, he established an endowed scholarship in memory of his mother and revised his Last Will and Testament to include a bequest to Africa University.

“The single most important consideration in my decision to establish the scholarship and to include Africa University in my estate plans was to support higher education in a place where it would have global impact,” said Rev. Williams. 

His dream for Africa University is that it will continue to be a beacon of light, not only for Africa but for the world.

For more information about endowed scholarships and other opportunities to invest in the ministry that is Africa University visit: support-africauniversity.org.