It was evident from a child that the hand of the Lord was upon this man of God. John was born into a family that was a musical dynasty. It was at an early age that John’s father noticed a singing ability in his son- it was then that he pulled John up to the piano to sing his first song ever “Walk With Me Lord.” John has been afforded the opportunity to record with some of the world’s greatest gospel artists. In addition John has toured with 2 Musical Stage Plays featuring both gospel and secular artists.
John holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Toledo. In addition to his secular studies, John attended Southern California Community Bible College in Norwalk, California where he later received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity. While studying extensively at Bible College and his church, John was licensed through the California District Council of the PAW, Inc. In 1999, John left his home in Los Angeles, California to return to Toledo to start a church.
John Williams is the founder and lead pastor of River of Life Church - a non-denominational ministry based in Toledo Ohio. The River as it is affectionately called is a progressive ministry that has crossed cultural, age, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In 2011, John was elevated to the office of Bishop within New Destiny Fellowship International. Bishop John Williams has been assigned to cultivate churches within Ohio and the greater Detroit area.
Bishop John Williams has given back to his community by serving as one of the board of directors for The Fair Housing Center and Northwest Ohio Development Agency. God has been faithful in allowing Bishop to preach, teach, sing and travel to Israel, Canada, Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexico and much of the United States.
Although Bishop John Williams have been acquainted with success, his greatest achievement has been his total dependence upon God through walking through some of life’s worst challenges. He is a firm believer that
“ONLY GOLD IS PLACED IN THE FIRE."