OBU presented the Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service to Pastor K. Marshall Williams Sr., senior pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church of Philadelphia, June 10, during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Previous winners of the Hobbs Award include
For more than 35 years, Williams has served as pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then earned a Master of Divinity from the Palmer Theological Seminary of Philadelphia. He served as a missionary with Sports Ambassadors, a basketball evangelism ministry team, which toured the Philippines, Hong Kong, Tokyo and five countries in Africa. He has also served as an adjunct chaplain and Bible expositor for the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles and 76ers. In June of 1984, he was called as the sixth pastor of the historic Nazarene Baptist Church.
In November 2006 and again in 2007, he was elected president of the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey. In 2008, he was elected president of the State Convention Presidents Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention. In 2014, he was elected president of the National African American Fellowship, SBC.
He currently serves as vice president of The Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music, Nazarene Community Development Corporation, and No More Excuses Ministries. He is the director of community outreach for the prestigious Germantown Academy of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, and a founding trustee of The Community Partnership School in North Philadelphia.
He has spoken at OBU numerous times including a chapel message in November 2017 and was a keynote speaker at the 2016 OBU Pastors School on the OBU campus in Shawnee.
Williams was excited and humbled by OBU’s decision to name him as the Hobbs Award recipient.
When asked what one thing he would tell students who are preparing for their ministry after school, Williams emphasized the importance of a personal relationship with Christ.
“The most important relationship you can have is not in the horizontal but the vertical,” he said. “Your ministry should be nothing but an overflow of your relationship
Williams reminded all in attendance that their calling is one that they must answer with a yes.
“Nobody wants to stand up and tell the truth because people probably aren’t always going to like you,” he said. “But when God calls you, it’s an unaltered conviction that you must do what the Lord is calling you to do.”
“We want you to know, Pastor Williams, that you are a great representation of what this award is about,” Smallwood said. “This award represents the best of what we have to offer and we are so thankful for your service.”
“We always want to point our students to role models,” Taylor said. “As we try to grow our world’s next pastors, evangelists and missionaries, we love to recognize people like Pastor Williams who epitomize the things we are trying to teach.”
View a video of the presentation.