Meet the Pastor




Pastor James Vincent Williams

Pastor James V. Williams is the second oldest child of Presiding Elder James O. Williams, Sr. and Mrs. Evelyn Williams of Orlando, Florida.  Rev. Williams began  his formal education in Orlando, Florida at Orange Center Elementary School, Robert E. Lee Junior High School and graduated from West Orange High School. He is a graduate of Livingston College in Salisbury, North Carolina and Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. 

Pastor James V. Williams is the anointed, visionary servant leader sent by God to lead Mt. Olive AME Church to new levels as a Great Commission Church.  As a dynamic leader blessed with extraordinary energy, commitment, and spiritual insight, Mt. Olive is experiencing great progress on many fronts, including  tremendous spiritual growth, many new outreach ministries, employing the latest technology in church operations and strong collaborative partnerships throughout the community designed to improve the community spiritually, socially, and economically.

Pastor Williams is a powerful preacher and teacher who challenges disciples to commit to the systematic study of God’s Word by attending Bible Study and Church School. His progressive leadership and focus on providing a comprehensive framework for reaching all disciples of Mt. Olive and non-disciples alike has resulted in a range of new and innovative in-reach and outreach ministries.  Under his leadership, an expanded Children’s Church Ministry was designed and implemented to meet the spiritual and developmental needs of the children.  His strong focus on encouraging all components of the church to have an outreach ministry resulted in the Church School implementing four new ministries, including the Reaching Outside the Walls Prison (ROW) Ministry, the Kidz-that-Pray (KTP) Ministry, the Adopt-an-Elderly Member Ministry, Student Support Ministry, and the Midweek Learn & Play Ministry for children.

As a community minded pastor, Rev. Williams has provided the leadership in implementing church ministries at the “Safehouse” in the North Greenwood community, a satellite facility.   Ministries at the Safehouse include the Bread of Life Food Pantry, the Clothes Closet, the Grandparents Ministry, the Rubies Ministry for Girls, and a Counseling Ministry.

Rev. Williams served as Senior Pastor at Moore’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg, Florida January 1, 2008  through  September  2011. His other pastoral charges include Mt. Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church in Webster, Florida from 2005-2007 and Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Deland, Florida December 2007.

Pastor Williams and his wife, Angela Williams, are a creative and caring team working to change lives for the better in the church and beyond.  They are the parents of three children:  daughters Morgan and Brianna, and son Dylan.

As a committed man of God, Pastor William’s marching mantra serves as the Church’s motto:  “One Team, One Heart, Unified to Impact Lives.” His outstanding leadership model’s the way.



To empower the people of God through preaching, teaching and application of His word, resulting in effective community involvement for the cause of Christ.

  1. Continuing the legacy
  2. Spiritual formation/Christian Education
  3. Stewardship
  4. Community Development
  5. Youth focus



Tuesday thru Friday ~ 10:00am to 5:00pm

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”

1 Peter 5:10