Dr. Ephraim Williams, Pastor
St. Paul Baptist Church
As Pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church since 1971, Dr. Ephraim Williams leads one of the largest church congregations in Sacramento. During his tenure, the church has grown from approximately 100 members to over 5,000 members. The church has 17 full and part-time employees and more than 80 ministries designed to meet the needs of people and create opportunities of growth for its members. The church has two worship services, mid-week Bible studies and a wide range of ministries and programs for men, women, youth, children, seniors, singles and married couples.
A native of Summit, Mississippi, Dr. Williams has been educated in the states of Mississippi, Illinois and California. His messages are always Christ-centered and Bible-based. In addition to his pastoral experience, Dr. Williams is highly sought after as a teacher, lecturer, counselor and advisor. He is considered a Pastor’s Pastor.
As a true example of visionary leadership, Dr. Ephraim Williams has led St. Paul in the financing, construction and debt liquidation of a $7 million, 79,000 square foot edifice. In 2006 St. Paul completed the construction of the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center which is a $6 million, 39,000 square foot facility. This multi-purpose facility includes offices, classrooms, athletic, theatrical, childcare and banquet space.
As a firm believer in community involvement, Dr. Williams has served in numerous religious and civic organizations such as the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc, California State Baptist Convention, United Pastors of Sacramento, Northern District Baptist Association, Southern Baptist Convention, Sacramento Urban League, NAACP, Sacramento City Unified School District, Women’s Civic Improvement Center, and Sacramento Black Alcoholism Center to name a few.
Dr. Williams has received numerous awards and recognition from local, state and national organizations. He was invited by the 42nd United States President, William Jefferson Clinton, to participate in dialogue regarding issues impacting the African American community.
Dr. Williams’ wife, Carrie Sue Martin-Williams, went to be with the Lord on May 6, 2009. They had shared life and ministry together for more than 55 years. They are the parents of two children, Gwen and Ephraim “Butch,” Jr. (deceased), four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.