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Roger Williams
Mount Hermon
Roger E. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Hermon Christian Camps and Conference Center, near Felton, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at 3:50 p.m. He was 67.
Williams succumbed to the cancer that he called "his insidious dance partner" after more than two years of arduous struggle, during which he continued to teach, preach and provide visionary leadership for the ministry that he loved. His death came just a few days after his 21st anniversary in this role at Mount Hermon.
Williams died surrounded by family and friends in his beloved Mount Hermon home. He is survived by his bride of 43 years, Rachel, and two daughters: Sara, wife of Jeremy Bentley and mother of Dylan, and Joy, wife of Nate Yetton and mother of Miles.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude in Communications, from Michigan State University, Williams studied Theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, (Deerfield, IL). After seminary Williams served as Legislative Assistant to a Washington, D.C. congressman. He later joined Computer Science Corporation, directing their marketing division in five Midwestern states.
In 1981, Williams accepted a call to ministry, turning to directing camps and conference centers. He served as the executive leader at Camp Barakel (Fairview, MI), America's Keswick (Whiting, NJ), and Gull Lake, (Hickory Corners, MI), before coming to Mount Hermon in 1993. His legislative and business backgrounds brought a professionalism, entrepreneurial spirit and unique perspective to camping, significantly impacting his ministries, and thousands of camp and conference centers nationwide. He served in regional and national Christian Camp and Conference Association leadership, and has been a prolific speaker and teacher. An ordained minister of the gospel, Williams was pastor to many who served with him.
A private gathering was held shortly after Williams' home-going for family and intimate friends. A memorial service for the public will be held on October 26, 2014. Details can be found on the Mount Hermon website at mounthermon.org or on Rachel's blog at rogandrach.net. A memorial fund has been established with gifts directed to helping Mount Hermon achieve the envisioned future that Williams has articulated for those who follow. (For a more complete obituary go to mount hermon.org.)
Questions to:
Lisa Olson
Director of Program Ministries and Marketing
[email protected] 831.430.1202
Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Sept. 20, 2014
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