Dr. C. Dennis Williams attended Elementary and High School in Santa Ana California. At the age of 15 his vision was to enter the ministry and become a preacher. That vision became a reality when he became an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and was licensed to preach in 1976 by the Quarterly Conference at Johnson Chapel A.M.E. Church Santa Ana, California. He was later ordained as an Itinerant Deacon in 1981 in the Central Texas Conference of the 10th Episcopal District, and ordained as an Itinerant Elder in 1985 of the Southern California Conference of the 5th Episcopal District.
He holds degrees from the following Schools, a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion from Paul Quinn College (Waco TX), Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Bethany Theological Seminary Dothan Alabama. He did work towards his Master of Divinity at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and received his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Williams has served as the Pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Yakima WA, from 1985-1987; Walker Chapel A.M.E. Seattle, WA from 1987-1990; St. John A.M.E. Church in St. Louis, MO from 1990-1996; Bethel A.M.E. Church in San Diego, CA from 1996-2006; Ward A.M.E Church Los Angeles from 2006-2010; Brookins A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles, CA from 2010-2012 and presently serves as Pastor of Smith Chapel A.M.E. Church Dallas, Texas. Dr. Williams has been preaching for 40 years and has served as a Pastor for 31 years. He has served the A.M.E. Church both at the local level and Connectional level also having served as a delegate to several General Conferences.
Dr. Williams has been a member of the General Board, and has led several of his local churches in Debt relief, mortgage liquidation, increased memberships, church foreclosures, and legal challenges and has served as the Chairman of two Non Profit organizations. He has a passion for teaching and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Preaching at the following Colleges and Seminaries; Bethel Theological Seminary in San Diego, CA; San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Francisco, CA; Laverne College Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies, Los Angeles, CA; and currently serves as an adjunct and ment or to the Doctoral program at United Theological Seminary Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Williams was appointed as the Chair of the Religious Studies program at Paul Quinn College, Dallas, TX. In this position, he will work with the President, Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Religion Committee members on curriculum development. He now serves as Chair/Associate Professor of Religious Studies. This program was to launched in the Spring of 2015. He also serves as the President of C.D. Ministries, a ministry dedicated to education, community involvement, and the proclaiming of the Gospel. He is a published author. His first book is entitled “An Ecclesiastical Model for HIV/Aids and is working on his second book which should be released in/or by 2014 entitled “Pastoring in Scandalous Pasture." Guide-Mans-Spiritual-Health" was released in the Spring of 2015. All his books are available on amazon.com. He and his wife Yvette have three children and a grandson.