Sidney Williams Jr. was living the dream. Wharton business school degree. Goldman Sachs bond trader. Big house and a Mercedes.
Then a preacher’s sermon opened his eyes.
Called to the ministry, Sidney told his wife to give everything away.
“I meant to sell it!” he recounted Sunday, to roars of laughter in Morristown’s packed Bethel AME Church, where Sidney officially was welcomed as new pastor.
Pastor Williams described moving his family to a gang-ridden section of Capetown, South Africa. He preached there in precarious circumstances until getting another call–from Bethel AME, which invited him to replace the late Rev. Alfonso Sherald.
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, the Rev. Neill Tolboom of the Morristown United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Jerry Carter of Calvary Baptist Church all related stories about Pastor Williams hitting the ground running in Morristown.
Since arriving in November, the minister has reached out to the Latino community and to other local churches to worship together and share services.
“I don’t want to be a black church. I don’t want to be a black Christian. I want to be a Christian,” Pastor Williams declared.
He tells his story much more eloquently than we can. The video above shows why members of the Bethel AME Church are excited–and why the rest of Morristown should be, too.