Bishop Robert L. Williams, Jr.
Bishop Robert L. Williams Jr. was born November 20, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York and is the 1st Born son of Robert and Wilhemina Williams. He has been married to First Lady Charisse A. Williams for 28 years. He is the proud father of three sons, Shalik Asan Williams, Dawan Saleem Williams and Kamal Aleem Williams. He is also the proud grandfather of six. His siblings are Rev. Shawn E. Williams I, Pastor of God's Promise Church in Sanford N.C., and Trustee Sherri Lynette Kilgore of Hyattsville, MD.
Robert was educated in Brooklyn New York in the parochial school system, attending Queen of All Saints for Grammar School and Nazareth High School. He currently holds degrees in Theology and Christian Counseling from Miracle Temple of Christ Bible Institue and Lighthouse Christian College. Robert enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was trained as an Air Traffic Controller. He was honorably discharged. Robert began his secular career with the United States Post Office where he served as a Ziptronic Mail Translator and a Shop Steward working in the Manhattan General Post Office and the Morgan mail facility.
In 1983 Robert was called to work for the MTA New York City Transit Authority where he had a distinguished career, spanning 28 years, working his way through the ranks and holding several positions. These positions included Property Protection Agent, Motorman, Yard Master, Console Train Dispatcher, Deputy Superintendent and Desk Superintendent. He retired in 2011 yet still serves as a volunteer Chaplin with the MTA New York City Transit Authority.
Robert has also worked intensively in the Political arena of Brooklyn Politics. In 1983 he was elected as Chairman of Area Policy Board Number 8 whose duty it was to disseminate Community Service Block Grant funds to Community Based Organizations based on the viability of their proposals and an investigation of their legitimacy. Robert maintained his Chairmanship for 6 years. He also served on Community Board 8 in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Robert also worked as a volunteer for the Honorable Clarence Norman, Assemblyman of the 43rd Assembly District, as his election day coordinator.
Robert came to the Lord in March of 1987 when he heard the Word of the Lord ministered by Bishop Huie L. Rogers. Bishop Williams' early Christian life was spent at the Greater Bibleway Temple in Brooklyn, New York. By the Grace of God and the tutelage of Bishop Rogers he was allowed to mature in the things of Christ and develop as a Minister of the Gospel. While at the Greater Bibleway Temple he served on the Board of Ministers and Elders, the Christian Education Department, the Drama Guild and was the head of the Greater Bibleway Temple Security Department. Bishop Williams also wrote the proposal and subsequently worked with Bibleway's Meals on Wheels program.
In 1998, he was led to relocate to Jersey City, New Jersey and to align himself with the True Vine Church of Jesus, Pastored by Ruling Elder Roderick Allen. At the True Vine Church of Jesus he was given the responsibility of the Christian Education department and the Mens Ministry and was blessed to be trained by Pastor Allen in how to lead a ministry. On July 17, 2004 with the recommendation of Pastor Roderick Allen he was ordained an Elder in the Lord's Church by Apostle Ralph L. Dennis, Presiding Prelate of the Kingdom Covenant Fellowship Ministries. Bishop Williams is a man of faith and like other men of faith he went where the Lord said to go. This assignment was to the mountains of Pennsylvania. Bishop Williams started Salt of the Earth Ministries in his home in 2003. By the leading of the Holy Ghost he joined another home based ministry and grew Mountaintop Christian Community Church, along with Rev. Betty A. Grant. This church grew and many sons and daughters were born to this ministry.
The Lord began to trouble Bishop Williams' spirit with a particular need in the Wilkes-Barre region of Pennsylvania, in fact he was heard to say on many occasions that he felt pregnant with it. He sought advice from Apostle Floyd Nelson whom God has sent as a Spiritual Father and covering for him. Apostle Nelson directed him to go to Wilkes-Barre and see what God would show him. As a result of the leading of the Holy Ghost and the advice of Apostle Nelson, in September 2011 Salt of the Earth Ministries was revived and an outreach ministry was birthed. This Ministry currently feeds over 1,000 people a year as well as provides clothing and limited counseling to youth and teens. The Ministry currently has another Church in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania that is also involved greatly in Evangelizing, Equipping and Empowering the people of God.God has blessed Bishop Williams to start a Reformation of the same name, Salt of the Earth Ministries Inc., and currently he presides over four additional Ministries. Bishop Williams is known to say "having therefore obtained the help of God, I continue unto this day."