By Tonya Whitaker
Inside The Pew
Editor’s note: An upcoming gospel meeting has allowed us to reconnect with Robert Williams, pulpit minister of Eleventh Street church of Christ in Beaumont. In April 2009, Williams sat down with Tonya Whitaker to discuss his new church, and how important is it speak to believers and to nonbelievers.
BEAUMONT, Texas – Robert Williams has been preaching the Gospel since he was 19 years old.
After years of preaching at churches in Port Arthur, Williams has come full circle as senior minister and elder at Eleventh
Street church of Christ in Beaumont.
Although no two days are the same in his ministry tenure, the end result is the most gratifying.
“I am overjoyed when I am able to convince someone to give their life to the Lord,” the Port Arthur native said.
Prior to becoming a full-time minister, Williams worked for 24 years with Port Arthur ISD as a clerk and bus aide for the Hughen Center, which provides services to disabled adults and children.
The 80-member congregation is in the process of developing its outreach ministry, he said. There are four areas of concentration for the church: teaching ministry, youth ministry, member ministry and evangelist ministry.
“To be effective in ministry, congregations must be stronger in the word,” he said. “That is why we are implementing various ministries and Bible study opportunities.”
Williams, who’s family includes wife, Diana, and two stepchildren, said the greatest asset of taking on the role as minister full time is being able to meet the needs of the church members.
“Getting everyone to realize that they have a role to play in the Lord’s church is important,” he said. “There is a lot of work to be done. As a congregation, we are doing more than we used to.”
Church services times on Sunday are 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school, 10:30 morning worship; and 5 p.m. evening worship. Monday night at 6:30, a special class is held to allow church members and people from the community to ask for prayer and ask biblical questions. Wednesday night at 7 is Bible study.
The church is located at 3710 Eleventh St. in Beaumont. For more information, contact Williams at (409) 842-9228 or (409) 344-3154.
Fast forward to 2012: Gospel meeting scheduled for March 25-March 28
Eleventh Street church of Christ will host a gospel meeting with several guest speakers from Sunday, March 25 to Wednesday, March 28.
On March 25, Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. Afterward, at 10:30 a.m., Ricky Hadnot, of church of Christ of Hillister, Texas, will deliver the morning worship message. At noon, lunch will be served to guests. Afternoon worship will begin at 2 p.m. with LeVal Tukes of Westside church of Christ of Jasper as the slated speaker. A congregational and group singing will follow Tukes’ inspirational word.
Additional guest speakers include Ron Young of Lakeside Park church of Christ in Port Arthur on March 26; Cory Shaw of the church of Christ in Hankemer on March 27, and Carl Gains of Mills Street church of Christ in Lake Charles, La., on March 28. These nightly talks are slated to begin at 7 p.m.