Scientists say that eating right and exercising regularly can increase our life span. That may not seem important now, but decades from now, most of us will welcome the extra energy and the years. Our health is important and thanks to health ministries workers like Dr. Williams, we can obtain guidance in leading a healthy life.
DeWitt Stanton Williams was born in Philadelphia, PA. He is a graduate of Oakwood College and Andrews University (M.A. in Theology) in 1964, and was ordained a Seventh-day Adventist minister in Oklahoma City in 1967. He earned his Doctor of Education degree from Indiana University in 1975 and his Master of Public Health from Loma Linda University in 1985.
Elder Williams joined the General Conference Health/Temperance Department in 1983. He lectures, writes articles about the importance of good health, and talks to young people about the dangers of drugs. He has spoken in over 100 countries.
Before his appointment with the Health/Temperance Department, Pastor Williams held positions such as pastor in the Southwest Region Conference; department secretary for the Congo Union, Africa and assistant and associate director of the General Conference Department of Communications.
From 1979-82, he served as president of the Central Africa Union, Bujumbura (pronounced Boo jum bóo ra), Burundi, (pronounced Boo roón dee) Africa where he learned to speak French and Swahili.
His book, entitled She Fulfilled the Impossible Dream, tells the story of Dr. Eva B. Dykes, a teacher for whom he once worked. She was the first Black woman in America to earn a Ph.D. degree. He has co-authored several books: among them Profiles of Service with Dr. Delbert Baker, For His Honor with Kay Rizzo and Energized, the 1998 health devotional, with Jan and Kay Kuzma. His recently completed a book, Highly Committed, the story of the Wilson family. Neal Wilson was president of the Adventist Church and his son Ted is the current president.
Despite his busy work schedule, Dr. Williams still finds time to stay fit. He is an avid exerciser and has run in several marathons.
Dr. Williams was married to the former Margaret Norman of Dallas, Texas, a retired English teacher, and has two daughters; Deitrice Chapman, a family practice physician in Dayton, Ohio and Darnella Williams, an elementary school teacher in Maryland. He has one grandson, Neil Michael Chapman who is 14.
Dr. Williams retired December 31, 2010 after 46 years of service to the Church. He has just completed the book Precious Memories of Missionaries of Color, vol. 2. .
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