Stanley Williams, BRN Next Gen Director, oversees the Baptist Resource Network’s ministries to the Next Generation (youth and young adults) with a principle focus on the collegiate ministry. A collegiate missionary for the North American Mission Board since 2001, Stanley holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a master of divinity degree in Great Commission studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. During the course of over 35 years of vocational Christian ministry, he has served campus ministries and congregations in Alaska, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His ministry passions are impacting lostness and multiplying apostolic leaders for the sake of Kingdom advancement.
What are the benefits you hope our churches will receive as a result of your work/role at the BRN?
My hope is that our churches will be better equipped to impact lostness among the next generation(s) in their midst and disciple those young people they reach to become passionate KINGDOM FOCUSED Young Adults whose faith has developed to advanced stages of refinement and commitment to the Lord Jesus.
My hope is that our churches will see every elementary school, middle school, high school, technical school, institute, college or university as a providentially ordained mission field through which God is inviting them to potentially touch the next century of human beings as they faithfully engage these settings.
A Few Fun Facts about Stan
Stanley is passionate about learning. Naturally curious, Stan continues to direct himself to learn histories, natural and physical sciences, various aspects of art (performing arts, theatre, musical arts) the humanities (principally through reading about different cultures) and language (philology and grammar). His goal is to become conversant in 8 languages and literate in 4. He is also passionate about health and well being. Rev. Eugene Burrell would often say to “If your output exceeds your input, your lack of upkeep will be your downfall”. His example and those words have helped Stan to avoid completely tanking out on the basis of his propensity to overachieve.
Without question Stan’s greatest influence as an adult are his parents Carver and Mattie Williams. “My dad is HANDS DOWN, the most important human being in my life. His tenacity, temperament and thick-skinned tenderness are markers for me of eternally enduring, highly estimable qualities of MANHOOD. I hope to become at least a fraction of the man I see in him” he said.
Besides his father, Rev. Eugene Burrell, Dr. Rogers Jackson, Dr. Michael ‘M.A.’ Bell, Dr. Alonzo Patterson, and Dr. Carl Johnson have indelibly shaped Stan in ways for which he is eternally grateful. The friendship, love and support of Dr. Herbert Lusk, Rev. Paul James, Rev. Damon Byrd, Rev. Eric Johnson, Rev. Brian Musser and Rev. Allen Benson have been the staple relationships through which he maintains a grounded, down to earth sense of belonging and becoming humane and healthy.
Stanley enjoys reading and translating out of the original Hebrew text of the Old Testament (he actually thinks that this is ‘cool’ and ‘hip’ – his daughter tells him that this confirms that he is a geek and a nerd). He enjoys cycling and is always mapping out epic cycling treks to add to his ‘list’ of places to journey ‘one day’. He likes to make things, and has developed a love for sewing, welding and wood working in his spare time. Stanley also enjoys coloring in coloring books. He is a comic book collector. His favorite Marvel characters are the Silver Surfer and Professor Charles Xavier.
Stan’s life’s hashtags would be #graceandpeace & #byhisgracealoneIremain