Every now and then, you become aware of someone or something worthy of celebration.

We recently had one such moment.

A few weeks ago, some of the local clergy were gathered together via ZOOM. Rev. Dr. Marvin Williams shared that this was an anniversary year for him. When pressed, he shared that he has been serving Second Baptist Church and the wider Kennett Community for 30 years.

Our meeting came to a stop. That kind of longevity in our profession is rare. We listened as Pastor Williams talked about the investment of time, love, and caring that has been his pleasure to provide his congregation and the wider community.

I know that I (Pastor Dan) have been blessed by his friendship and the leadership he provides. A few years ago, he spoke at the annual community Thanksgiving service. People still talk about his presence and the message that he shared. The gentle way in which he shares wisdom gained over thirty years of ministry is a gift.

Second Baptist has a long history of ministry to our community. In pre-COVID days they hosted a monthly luncheon where anyone can find a warm meal. These days they are providing the meals in take-out fashion.

We are blessed to have had Rev. Dr. Marvin Williams within our community for the past 30 years.

His life and ministry are something worth celebrating. I am confident he will not seek out attention nor recognition. That does not mean we should not shine a light on the blessing he has been to so many.

Rev. Daniel Nicewonger
Pastor, First Baptist Church of Kennett Square
Rev. Annalie Korengel
Pastor, Unionville Presbyterian Church
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