F.R. “Dick” Williams Jr.
Dick is a native of Abbeville, SC. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College (B.A. History) and Clemson University (M.Ed. Administration/Supervision). After a 29-year career in public education in SC as a teacher, coach, and principal, Dick surrendered to a call in vocational Christian ministry. He served as Discipleship Pastor at North Side Baptist Church in Greenwood, SC for three years before becoming Senior Pastor at Green Pond Baptist Church in January of 2018. He completed his M. Div. degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. in May of 2019.
Dick has a passion to create a culture of disciple making by equipping the members of the GPBC family to evangelize the lost and disciple fellow Christians.
He is married to Danita, who is a licensed Realtor and Broker and they have four adult children: Anna Leigh and Jared Skinner (Plainfield, IN.), Wes and Ashley Funderburk (Laurens, SC), Katelyn and Patrick Campisi (Birmingham, AL.), and their youngest daughter, Sarah Williams, resides in Spartanburg, SC. In addition, Dick and Danita have been blessed with four wonderful grandsons…the “Skinner Boys” in Plainfield, IN.
Minister of Music
Keith is a native of Woodruff, SC. He met his sweetheart in Junior High School and knew that Sherry was the one for him. On June 12, 2018, they will celebrate 37 years of marriage. They have one son, Jonathan, who is married to Ashley. Jonathan and Ashley are parents to Keith and Sherry’s two beautiful grandchildren Isaiah, who is seven years old and Laura, who is four years old.
Keith became a Christian when he was 12 years old at Westend Baptist Church, in Woodruff, SC. His Sunday School teacher, Lorraine White, provided much support and inspiration to Keith, as a young believer, encouraging him to wait on the Lord. She repeatedly reminded Keith that “God will guide you to what He would have you do.”
As best he could, Keith attempted to follow that instruction and be obedient to God’s calling on his life. For the past 30 years, using the gifts with which God has equipped him, Keith has led several congregations, in the Woodruff area, in the ministry of music. The majority of that ministry has been in using his gifts to direct and lead choirs in offering worship to God.
Specifically, Keith served Westend Baptist Church for over 20 years, Northside Baptist Church for seven years, and has led the music ministry of Green Pond Baptist Church since 2017. Keith recognizes that people have different musical preferences, but knows that the message of Christ…the Gospel… remains the same, regardless of the “style” of music in which it is presented.