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Hyveth Williams is a trailblazer and trendsetter in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She also has the distinction of being the first to accomplish many things within the church. For example, she is the first black female pastor, and the first female pastor period, to be officially hired by the Adventist Church. Hyveth also went on to become the first female senior pastor in the denomination. God was always preparing her for a life of public ministry. Her earliest childhood memories, on the island of Jamaica, are of reading and reciting poetry on public stages for officials and dignitaries, such as the island’s governor. Additionally, her mother would have her read newspapers to the villagers who could not read. Hyveth did not grow up with televisions or radios. She found the most joy in simply reading the dictionary, imagining words as pictures. Only God is capable of such orchestration. Hyveth’s influence is profoundly felt around the world. In 2013, she established a community church plant, The Grace Place, in South Bend, Indiana, where people from the surrounding community now number more than the weekly Adventist attendees. You can read more of Hyveth's story in Stories of Andrews at andrews.edu/stories. Hyveth, you are an example for living fearlessly, loving God, loving life and loving people! You are my mentor and my friend, and you embody the Spirit of Andrews.
Berrien Springs, MI
Liturgy and Worship
Williams, Hyveth, "Hyveth Williams" (2018). Spring 2018. 3.