LOCAL PASTORS, MINISTERS and Community Leaders

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Meet Our President

Rev. Dr. Lamonte Williams

At the tender age of 12, Dr. Lamonte Williams received salvation under the leadership of the late Apostle L.O. Sanders of Deliverance Evangelist Temple of Jacksonville NC. He began preaching the gospel at the age of 16 where he obtained his license to preach under Reverend Fred Richardson.

He received extensive training upon his move to Greater St. Paul Holy Church in Maple Hill, NC headed by the late Bishop F. C. Barnes for a number of years. Dr. Williams is a teacher of the Word as well as accomplished soloist and musician, able to play the trumpet, organ, keyboard, and piano.

Dr. Williams was installed as Pastor of Diggs Memorial UHC on Sunday, November 7, 2010. Dr. Williams’ love for Christ goes beyond the norm, leading Diggs Memorial to focusing on social, health, and economic advancement issues affecting the church and community at large. Dr. Williams is committed to community outreach. Dr. Williams is an international missionary traveling to Brazil, Aruba, Medigene Colombia, Belize, and most recently to Cuba, Haiti, and Dominican Republic to assist with Hurricane Matthew disaster relief. Dr. Williams serves as the Executive Director for the Triad Mentoring Coalition, a nonprofit, Minority Male organization providing mentoring to young men of color with a mandate to remove barriers to their success. Dr. Williams is an advocate for education! Dr. Williams, in May of 2016, received a Doctor of Ministry, with a concentration in Transformative Leadership at United Theological Seminary, Dayton Ohio, Dissertation: Prophetic Leadership Training toward social transformation. He holds a Masters of Divinity 2010 from Shaw University, Raleigh NC, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and organizational development from Mount Olive Christian College, Associate of Science in Business Administration from Coastal Carolina Community College, a two-year advanced diploma in Heating and Ventilation and Air Condition along with a certification in Microsoft Cisco Certified Network from Wayne Community College Goldsboro, NC. Dr. Williams received the Who’s Who Award Among American College Students in 2010 and was elected as student government president of his 2010 Shaw University class.

Dr. Williams is currently employed at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools at Ashley Elementary in Special Needs Department, Professor at Forsyth Technical Community College, and Apex School of Theology, and is the current 2017 Ministers’ Conference of Winston-Salem & Vicinity President.

Rev. Dr. Lamonte Williams 

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Select Ministers' Conference Engagements: 

Food Justice

We utilize the resources of the interfaith community and local agencies to secure food for neighborhoods with high food insecurity. Alongside NC Agricultural Extensions, we will break ground in May for The Food Garden located at Winston Lake Y to promote intergenerational gardening.

W-S Police Department Trust Talks

The Winston-Salem Police Department and 34 clergy members from The WSMCV  participated in "Trust Talks" on March 17, 2015. Awakened by the Ferguson, Mo. events of  2014, we hosted a series of town hall forums to improve community and police relations.

Property Reappraisals

Forsyth County Citizens asked the MCWSV Social Justice Committee to address the devastating property tax assessments that were issued to homeowners. Property owners have lost from 40 to over 65% of their tax value in 2013 versus 2012.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day begins with a fellowship breakfast, followed by a unity march to the Anderson Center where various community topics are discussed. The evening program is a Scholarship Fund fundraiser.

Health, Wellness and Awareness

The Conference partners with Wake Forest Baptist Medical to promote active engagement and health awareness in the African American community. Rev. Dianne Horton is the MCWSV Health and Community Liaison for this Faith and Health collaborative.

NC Warn: Local Solarize Program

The MCWSV support the Energy Freedom Act, as well as, Solarize Triad, which brought rooftop solar power to area neighborhoods. "As faith leaders, we are morally compelled to do all possible at this critical time to create a clean and affordable energy future for NC." Bishop Fulton

Education and Empowerment

The Minister's Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity will partner with Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools to mentor African American at-risk students.  We have an Adopt-A-School Program with Ashley Middle School to promote reading and build self esteem.

WFU Divinity - FaithHealthNC

"Through the FaithHealthNC network, I was introduced to the Ministers' Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity. They work to address food insecurity, social justice, education, and health disparities. President Bishop Todd Fulton of Mt. Moriah Outreach Center"... -  Angela Chavis

MLK Scholarships

To date, MCWSV has awarded over $100,000 in scholarship funds to high achieving African-American students that enroll in a historically black college or university. We are investing in our future and  are receiving phenomenal returns. MLK Application

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79faithbased organizations

72%forsyth county members

111projects completed

$100,000+AWARDED IN scholarships

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For over eighty-five years, The Minister's Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity has been an active force in the community. In keeping with the founding mission and principles, today we still create and maintain Christ Centered Ecumenical Fellowship across various denominations, cultures and races. Together, we utilize organizational resources and networks  to find the best solutions for common problems and the most workable approaches to worthy concerns.

If you are community minded, like to volunteer, or are interested in the betterment of your community, we encourage you to join The Minister's Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity. You do not have to be a minister to join. Perhaps you'd like to volunteer, sow your gifts or make a donation; there is room for You. Our communities are in dire need of assistance, guidance, education and economic stability. Membership is $20.00. Please find a printable Membership Application link below.

We convene every Tuesday except holidays, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., at Emmanuel Baptist Church (1075 Shalimar Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27107). We host the public for announcements/presentations on the first and third Tuesdays on a first-come-first-serve basis. We would like you to consider joining the fellowship. We look forward to seeing you.

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  • Wake Forest Baptist and MCWSV Faith Health Collaborative - The MCWSV has adopted the Trauma Unit at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Hospital. While the hospital clergy provides spiritual support for the hospital patients, The Conference recognizes and provides support for the hospital staff.
  • Follow Up Trust Talks With WSPD and MCWSV Clergy
  • Food Justice: WXII 12 Wanda Starke Hosts A Series On Childhood Hunger - Watch Part 1 Below
  • Winston Lake Community Garden - Along with MCWSV stakeholders, NC Dept. of Agriculture Extension, Mr. Vernon Switzer - Farmer and Owner of Rural Farms Production, Master's Touch Ministries and Dr. Patricia Bailey Ministries high neighborhood food insecurities will be addressed.
  • Prayer Vigil Arranged By Ministers' Conference for City of SC and Victims' Families
  • Membership Enrollment and Community Engagement
  • Food Justice: WXII 12 Wanda Starke Hosts A Series On Childhood Hunger - Watch Part 2 below

We continue to diligently work to find the best solution for common problems and workable approaches to worthy concerns.

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