ABOUT OUR PASTOR
Geneace Williams, PhD, JD
Rev. Dr. Geneace Williams, Esq., has a career that spans law practice, business, academia, executive level Board leadership, and ministry. Her expertise includes corporate law, strategic planning, leadership development, ethics, and diversity, equity & inclusion. Dr. G (as she is affectionately called) has a history of leading change and managing conflict and crises utilizing strength based methods. She helps others exercise a more critical approach to problem solving and has successfully connected organizations and communities to ideals that foster growth and advancement. With a heart for philanthropy, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Northern Illinois Food Bank (NIFB) and is the immediate past Board Chair.
Dr. G is the author of Leadership DASH: Breaking Through the Finish Line, an insightful work that gets at the heart of how people become leaders of impact. Having spoken in diverse venues around the world, Dr. G’s strategies for leadership have positively influenced many.
She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois and practiced law full-time for many years prior to answering a higher call. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her scholarship is focused on developing new models for achieving social justice, and she is putting it to practice as the founder of The WORTH Circle, Inc.™ - a non-profit Social Enterprise dedicated to the growth and development of women, particularly women of color. Dr. Williams previously served as a Lecturer at Benedictine University and currently teaches Religious Studies and Ethics at the College of DuPage.
Dr. G is an Itinerant Elder, frequent speaker, and mentor to many. She formerly served as an Associate Minister at DuPage AME church in Lisle, IL and was assigned late last year to Pastor Coppin Memorial AME Church in Chicago. She is a fellow of Leadership Illinois and has also served on its Board. She is guided by her life’s principle: “A leader’s impact encourages others in the pursuit of purpose,” and she believes “the possibility of extraordinary begins at the edge of comfort.”