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‘The preacher’s preacher’ to speak at Black History Month chapel service

Jan. 31, 2013
For Immediate Release


By Lucas Pennington, student news writer

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.—Dr. F. Bruce Williams, senior pastor at Bates Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., will speak Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at Campbellsville University’s weekly chapel service for Black History Month. Chapel services are held in the Ransdell Chapel, located on the campus of Campbellsville University at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville.

 Dr. F. Bruce Williams

 Dr. F. Bruce Williams

Williams is often dubbed “the preacher’s preacher.” He is frequently asked to serve as an instructor and guest speaker for many communities throughout the country.

Williams is committed to changing the lives of the people of the society that have been forgotten. He sees the people that are homeless, drug addicts, single mothers, the people that are hurting and suffering to all have a place in God’s Kingdom.

Williams’ desire to reach others extends beyond the pulpit. He has served as the President of the Educational Ministry of the Central District Baptist Association, which is the largest Baptist Association in the state. He served as the Chairman of the Trustees at Simmons College of Kentucky, and the Chairman for the 2008-2010 Urban Upgrade Conference, a conference addressing how to effectively minister within an urban area. He also served as the Chairman of the Board for the Bates Community Development Corporation.

Williams was installed as Senior Pastor of Bates Memorial Baptist Church in 1986 after serving as an associate minister. His work is greatly shown through the growth in his congregation. Nearly 25 years later, his congregation has grown exponentially, with membership increasing from 100 members to over 5,000 members.

Williams graduated with the highest distinction from Florida A&M University and went to obtain his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctorate in Ministry from the United Theological Seminary.

In 2005, Williams was inducted into the William H. Sheppard Excellence in the Community Hall of fame. He was also awarded the United Theological Seminary Alumni 2007 Effective Ministry Award for his dedication to ministry and leadership within the community as well as inducted into the 2007 Presbyterian Community Center Hall of Fame.

Chapel is designed to provide opportunities for corporate worship and exposure through a variety of informative speakers and presentations.

All chapels are open to the public free of charge and are televised live on WLCU (Comcast Cable channel 10).

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is