There is something extremely powerful in transformation. The knowledge and revelation any individual can receive when their minds and hearts are exposed to alterations.
Ezekiel 36:26 states “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Amazingly, this happened to an ordinary man when he surrendered to the calling God had placed on his life. Willingness and obedience are the two most important attributes any person can possess in this walk of life. Ronell Williams, after humbly submitting himself to his calling, proves the saying…”if God can change me, surely He can change anybody.” As you delve into this story, allow Ronell’s testimony to encourage you in your day to day lives; while enquiring of the purpose and call that is on your life.
Ronell Williams is the oldest child of James Williams and Mildred Walker. Raised in a single parent home, with an absent father, there were many obstacles that Ronell faced. His father was incarcerated most of his life and his mother became involved in worldly lifestyles; which eventually led Ronell on a downward spiral. Although the struggles he endured were countless, the opportunity to rise above the scuffle was made manifest. After years of drug use and isolation from family and friends, Ronell realized the need for something more: something better.
Once his mind was made up, Ronell could now access the breakthrough that was evident his entire life. Ronell decided to check in to a Rehabilitation Center in Amite, Louisiana, with the expectation that rejuvenation would take place. This decision caused Ronell Williams to be delivered from the addiction that plagued his life and relationships. During his time in rehab, Ronell would ponder on the prophecy that was given to him by Pastor Green years before: “That he would preach the Gospel and God would, indeed, use him to reach the multitudes!”
In 1998 Ronell Williams surrendered to God and accepted the call of Ministry on his life and in 1999 was ordained as a Pastor in the Church of Full Gospel Ministry in Slidell, Louisiana. The same year in August of 1999, he met and married Carla; inheriting a role of fatherhood of three children and one grandchild: Erin, Tiffany, Kyron and Camryn Grace. In 2005, Pastor Ronell Williams embarked into a new era; becoming the Pastor and Overseer of Trumpet of Truth Church located in Slidell, Louisiana, where he had a vision to reach the community, in an effort, to bring parents and their children to God. Trumpet of Truth Church became a place of outreach where they would provide food, clothing and, most importantly, the love of God. Pastor Williams’s vision also included a Christian-based Rehabilitation Center, where he is currently serving as Assistant Director, overseeing men and women battling addictions. In October of 2013, Pastor Ronell became Assistant Executive Director of the New Orleans Mission, supervising men and women on their roads to recovery. He maintains a success rate of sixty-five percent.
Hurricane Katrina caused the homeless population to increase rapidly:
• 11,619, as a result, the destruction of more than 44,040 homes in Orleans Parish a ratio of 46.9 per 10,000 people to be homeless due to lack of affordable housing.
In 2014, 2464 people were served at the New Orleans Mission
• Pastor Ronell now serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Health Care for the Homeless and has fathered many sons while on his journey as Pastor and Mentor.
• At the present time, Pastor Ronell Williams pastors Freedom Worship Center Church, a desire that was birthed to:
• Share the Gospel of Christ with every person
• Fellowship with and care for each member, and
• Teach each member to be a diligent laborer in the mission work of the Church: feeding and providing shelter for families, as well as, clothing
• Pastor Ronell acknowledges that Freedom Worship Center Church is small in number; but stands firm on God’s instruction: not to despise small beginnings because He is able to add to the Church in His appropriate time. This Pastor and congregation is part of the mission to stomp out hunger in Louisiana. According to the statistics of the New Orleans Missions Brochure, Orleans Parish has been noted at 20.65 percentage of a food insecure rate; which translates to 295,285 people. In St. Tammany Parish the percentage is much less; however, the need is excessive. More than 180 families are fed each month.
• Pastor Ronell Williams and the Freedom Worship Center Church are devoted to the families of Slidell, Louisiana and surrounding areas to minister the message of hope and support to its attendees.
In closing, I want to make reference to a scripture Pastor Williams models his life and ministry after: “For I was hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:” Jesus requires us all to labor in the ministry and Pastor Williams understands all Glory is given to God because He continues to do great things with, for and through him. As it was declared over Pastor Ronell’s life years ago…He is reaching the multitudes for the Glory of the Kingdom of God!