George making God a priority
It is by no means an easy task being first elder of a church, especially with such a large membership, but for George Williams, doing God's work is a priority.
Williams, a fisherman by profession, has had a long and distinguished life at sea. However, church duties have assumed most of his time, especially with the belief that the coming of Jesus Christ is just around the corner.
"The signs are quite clear that Christ's coming is nearer than ever," said Williams.
"As first elder, I have a duty to perform for sisters, brothers, and visitors, attending the Boundbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church - in ensuring that programmes and functions at the church are conducted in a timely and efficient manner. At Boundbrook, we are a family and the church is always open to all, who desire spiritual rest and upliftment, guidance, counselling, marriage, and baptism. As a matter of fact, we believe in equality, sharing, and assisting the needy," he added.
Williams, who is also a fisherman, recounted that more than 20 years ago, he took the decision to surrender his life to God, which came as a shocker to many, as back then, he was living in one of the so-called volatile communities in Port Antonio, known as Free School, where he was often engaged in conflicts and fights.
Back then, Williams said he was described by many as a bad man, as his temper often got the better of him - resulting in frequent fights and clashes with other hot-tempered individuals, who also had a point to prove that they were equally physical and were to be feared.
"I have come a long way on this Christian pathway. My past will not judge me. However, it is ironic that more than two decades ago, I was a much feared individual, but today instead of engaging in fights, I am calling people to God and offering them a chance at salvation. It just goes to show that one should never underestimate the power of the true and living God, as when he calls you, you have to respond," he further said.
Williams noted that since accepting Jesus Christ, his life has changed in many ways, as getting married and becoming a father, was probably not on his mind back then.
A former goalkeeper at Progressive United, a once fierce Division One team in Port Antonio, where he was rated as being outstanding between the sticks, Williams, pointed out that one of the many reasons for him quitting the game, was the continuous use of expletives by players on and off the field, which was interfering with his Christian beliefs and lifestyle.
"I enjoy a good relationship with church members and community residents, even though my past is well-known to many. It actually took a very long time for some to believe that I am serious about my Christianity. When I first got saved, my friends gave me two weeks to fall from grace, but it has been close to 25 years and I am still going. It is really an honour to lead at Boundbrook church, and I am thankful for the support from members."