Meet Our Pastor

The Reverend Steve Williams is a native Missourian.  His family moved a lot while he was growing up. – probably a sure sign that God was preparing him for the itnerant ministry!  He graduated High School in Festus, MO, and earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Webster College in St. Louis, MO.  Steve taught vocal and instrumental music for four years in the North Nodaway School District (just north of Maryville, MO), before finally answering God’s call to the ordained ministry.  He received his Master of Divinity from Saint Paul’s School of Theology in Kansas City in 1986.

Steve has served the Sheridan UMC, in Sheridan, MO, Blue Springs First UMC (as an assistant pastor), the Theodosia UMC, the Burnswick/Triplett/Prairie Chapel Charge, the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry at what is now Truman State University in Kirksvile, where he also served as a part time associate at Kirksville First UMC, the Valley Park/Lewis Chapel Charge, and Concord Trinity UMC (as an associate pastor).  He is currently in his eighth year of serving as pastor of Grace United Methodist Church.

Steve’s wife Rachel is a retired ordained United Methodist Minister.  Steve and Rachel have four children, and four grandchildren.  Their daughter Sydney lives with them and attends East Central College and works at Imos Pizza.

Steve and Rachel lend their beautiful voices to the Chancel Choir at Grace and the Sullivan Community Choir, and Steve plays trombone in the “Sounds of Grace” Ensemble and the “Sullivan Brass Band”.  They have both performed in plays with the Sullivan Community Theater, and they both enjoy quilting.

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