Cecil Williams

Cecil Williams

Minister


Glide Memorial Church

San Francisco, CA USA


Love means living dangerously, and to live dangerously means to risk all that you have. If you're going to do it, you have to go all the way.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
"It was an ordeal" going to Southern Methodist University when he did-was one of the first African-Americans accepted.
The school clearly didn't know how to treat their black students; sent him to New Mexico to start a segregated church.
He said "no way," left SMU for Berkeley, finished theology studies there.
Was assigned to a church in Kansas City, congregation was largely poor.
Saw that poverty was a commonality that united white and black churchgoers.
Realized that to help people "where it hurt the most," he had to empower those who were impoverished.
Joined Glide Memorial, turned it into a place of refuge for many of San Francisco's poor and homeless.
Says he created his "own theology," follows example of founder of the Methodist church, who worked extensively with the poor.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Sociology
Huston-Tillotson University
Graduate
Theology/Theological Studies
Southern Methodist University

Career

Minister

I'm a minister, author, social activist, lecturer, community leader and spokesperson for the poor and marginalized.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Philosophy & Religion
Helping People

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

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