Cecil's Open Road


Glide Memorial Church

“My bottom line to me is that love means living dangerously. And to live dangerously means to risk all that you have.”


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Cecil Williams, minister of the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, Calif., focuses his theology on helping others. Cecil knew first-hand what it was like to be a minority when he attended college as one of the first African-Americans admitted to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. After obtaining his degree in theology, Cecil was assigned to work at a church in Hobbs, N.M. After practicing in New Mexico for a year, Cecil realized that the Methodist Church had sent him there to create a segregated church. From there, Cecil went to the University of California, Berkeley for two years and was then assigned a church in Kansas City. He noticed that, especially in his area and there was a mixture of poor black and white people. From there, Cecil has made it his life's passion to preach his religion to all types of people, especially those in need.

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