Built-in 2006, the J. C. Williams Community Center is a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt charitable organization that was designed to create programs and services that promote arts and education for the environment, the disabled, veterans, youth empowerment and recreation, fight hunger, and confront issues relating to our community.
If there is to be change in our communities, it must come about through community-based outreach and the efforts of individuals with a personal, long-term commitment to community and social services. The J. C. Community Center is committed to exhibiting such commitment.
Thus, we make this appeal to corporations, foundations, businesses, and private donors who share our concern for the preservation of our community to consider assisting us with your financial support. We appreciate your contribution. Thank you!
Steven R. Williams, Sr.
James Cal Williams was born on January 5, 1934, to Cal and Annie Mae Williams. Growing up on Carter’s plantation, young James was a risk-taker, a planner, a dreamer, and a visionary. In 1951, while on vacation from school, James Cal came to Springfield, Massachusetts. During that vacation, he gave his life to Christ at the Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, which was under the leadership of the late Bishop I. L. Jefferson.
James Cal married the love of his life, the former Dorothy Mae Brown, in 1954. From that union came five children… James Williams Jr., Joyce Ann, David Earl, Steven Renard, and Julia Annette.
In 1956, he was ordained pastor by the late Bishop H. P. Richardson, Bishop of Massachusetts, for the Churches of God in Christ.
In 1958, James Cal Williams answered the call as an international evangelist. He made Albany, New York, his home headquarters; Saint John C.O.G.I.C., his home church; and Pastor John Johnson, his home pastor. He pastored his first church in 1960 in the city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and his second in the city of Albany, New York.
In 1965, the late Apostle Arturo Skinner ordained James C. Williams in the Deliverance Ministries. In 1967, Springfield, Massachusetts, became home to the third church James Williams pastored, and a fourth church opened in Hartford, Connecticut, one year later.
In 1991, Pastor J. C. Williams opened and began pastoring his fifth church in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Some of his accomplishments included bringing R. W. Schambach to the John Hancock Building in the city of Boston and to the Springfield area. He was also the first to hold tent meetings anywhere in this area of Massachusetts, establishing a 24-hour prayer line, the Revival Time Bible Institute, the J. C. Williams Scholarship Fund, the Revival Time Radio Hour, the We Care Ministry, the Big Brothers Club, an international convention, and a soup kitchen. Pastor J. C. Williams laid the foundation for the New Millennium Building, which is now known as the J.C. Williams Community Center in his honor.
On January 5th, 2004, Apostle J. C. Williams went home to his eternal rest.
The mission of the J. C. Williams Community Center (JCWCC) is to provide programs and services that focus on empowerment, education, recreation, and confronting issues relating to the community.
To create and extend recreational and educational opportunities to neighborhood residents.
To expand community service projects focused on meeting the needs of youth who are at risk.
To encourage, support, promote, and develop working partnerships with members of our community.