Spruce Streets Leadership
Eric D. Williams
"Education should not give the learner the answer but should provide the learner with the necessary tools and raise the necessary questions to help the learner discover the answer."
—Eric D. Williams, 2002
Born in Silver Creek, Mississippi, Reverend Eric D. Williams is a graduate of Jackson State University (B. A.) and Morehouse School of Religion—Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div.).
While a student at Jackson State University, Reverend Williams was a member of the Baptist Student Union (BSU), the Jackson State University Student National Education Association (JSUMAE/SP), and the Mississippi Association of Educators Student Program (MAE/SP). He was elected vice-president and president of both the JSU/SP and the MAE/SP chapters. In addition, from 1991 to 1993, Reverend Williams was a National Education Association's Student Advisory Committee member.
In December of 1996, Reverend Williams positively responded to the call of God to the preaching ministry and, on March 9, 1997, preached his initial sermon and was licensed by the College Hill Baptist Church. On January 14, 2001, Reverend Williams was ordained to the gospel ministry at the College Hill Baptist Church. While in seminary, Reverend Williams worked as Youth Minister at the Greater New Light Baptist Church and the New Calvary Baptist Church, both of Atlanta, Georgia.
On June 3, 2001, Reverend Williams was named Academic Dean of the Mississippi Baptist Seminary, becoming the youngest person to hold that position. Reverend Williams served as Academic Dean for the Mississippi Baptist Seminary until 2007. In January 2002, Eric was appointed Pastor's Assistant at Farish Street Baptist Church to share the preaching and teaching ministries.
From August 2003 to December 2007, Reverend Williams worked at Tougaloo College in several capacities. From August 2003 to June 2004, he worked as the Interim Chaplain. He has worked as the Coordinator for Service-Learning and Community Service, Learning Specialist for the Center for Student Advising and Retention, and an instructor in the Comprehensive Academic Resource Program and Humanities Division, Tougaloo College.
In October 2007, Reverend Williams was called to serve as pastor of the Greater Pleasant View Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee. He is an active participant in the local, state, and national work of the National Baptist. Reverend Williams has served as President of the Stones River District Association Congress of Christian Education, First Vice Moderator of the Stones River District Association. He is currently serving as the President of the Tennessee Baptist Missionary and Education Convention Congress of Christian Education and administrator for the Department of Church Ministry in the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education. Reverend Williams is employed at the Sunday School Publishing Board as the Senior Director of Christian Education Accreditation and Credentials.
In May 2021, Reverend Williams was named Pastor of the Spruce Street Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee. Reverend Williams is blessed to lead the ministry of this thriving Church with a rich history and bright future.