PastorWilliamsSome years ago, I preached a meeting in San Antonio. As I sat at the pastor’s conference table, I notice a flier for pastor’s conference in Jacksonville, FL. It caught my attention because one of my preaching heroes was a featured speaker.

I wrote down the name of the host pastor and church to look it up when I returned to my hotel room. I have been following the ministry of Gary Williams every since that night.

In the providence of God, I moved to Jacksonville a few years later. And I got to meet Gary Williams personally. We have preached for one another. And Gary has been a kind and encouraging friend to me. I have great respect and admiration for him.

The First Baptist Church of Mandarin is one of the strongest churches in Jacksonville. The Lord is doing a great work in and through this Bible-teaching, Christ-centered, mission-minded congregation. And I praise God for its witness in our city.

The following is my conversation with Gary about life, faith, preaching, and pastoral ministry.

Gary is a man of convictions. Biblical convictions.

We are kindred spirits. And I had such a ball in this conversation, at points I wanted to get out of my seat and hug him!

I hope you, too, find this interview challenging and encouraging.

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