South Peace News
High Prairie Bethel Baptist Church has welcomed Keith Williams as its new pastor.
Starting his role May 1, he comes with a passion to serve the small congregation.
“When I was in Bible college in 2003, I felt I was called to a small community, a small church,” says Williams, who graduated with a Bachelor of Ministry, with a minor in counseling at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills.
For the past 12 years, he ministered in pastoral work in Red Deer at the Michener Centre, a residential facility for 125 people with developmental disabilities.
When searching for a pastoral position in a church, he soon realized that the values of himself and the church matched in order; Biblical preaching, relational inclusion, community outreach, orderly and authentic worship, and cc-operative leadership.
“I believe I was called to this church,” Williams says.
“I like the family feel of a small church where everybody knows each other.
“I look forward to meeting people in the church and the community and to get to know them.”
Williams is eager to preach the gospel and reach out into the community.
“My preaching and teaching come from a traditional understanding of Scripture,” says Williams, a machinist by trade.
“We are a family church that is focused on the gospel message that we believe is the only hope for the world.”
Trained in counseling, he is ready to lend a listening ear.
“I am a good listener and I want to help with the people in the community, to provide them with options,” Williams says.
He also plans to start a Bible study in fall, either on Sunday or during the week.
Williams and his wife Lynne plan to settle in High Prairie, They are in the process of buying a home.
“I think there’s a real need for ministry here and I want to be active in the community,” he says.
“As I get to know the church and community, and see a need, we’ll see what doors will open for further ministry.”
An avid sports fan, he wants to coach high school basketball and soccer.
His wife also intends to be active in ministry.
“She’s a woman of prayer and she’ll be supportive of my ministry,” Williams says.
“She says she would like to serve in seniors lodges and work with seniors.”
The Williams have two adult children, a son and a daughter.
A special service to welcome the new pastor will likely be held in the fall, he says.
With up to 90 people in the church family, Bethel Baptist Church holds Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. with Sunday school offered.