Services have been set for Bishop Harold Ivory Williams, husband of Pastor Shirley Caesar. A memorial service will take place on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm. His homegoing celebration will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 11 am. All services will be held at Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church, 3100 Sanderford Road, Raleigh, NC 27610.
Pastor Caesar and Bishop Harold Ivory Williams were married for over 30 years. The two married in 1983 shortly before she graduated from Shaw University. Bishop Williams, and Caesar met at a ministerial function in Durham, where he was a senior bishop in the Mount Calvary Holy Churches of America, her denomination since childhood.
According to the church's website, Bishop Harold I. Williams, Sr.,was the Bishop Emeritus of the Mt Calvary Holy Churches of America. Bishop Williams pastured the Winston-Salem MCHCA church for more than 30 years, while serving as Senior Bishop Prelate of the Mt Calvary Holy Churches of America organization. As a disciple of Bishop Brumfield Johnson, Bishop Williams gleaned the essence of Johnson’s heart-similar to Elijah and Elisha. As adamantly as Elisha refused to leave Elijah, Bishop Williams was faithful to Bishop Johnson until Bishop Johnson’s death on February 15, 1972. Bishop Williams embraced the torch of MCHCA and exponentially grew the church which Bishop Brumfield Johnson had begun.
Bishop Williams founded a MCHCA church in Baltimore, Maryland, while he pastured a MCHCA church in Washington, D.C. as well as the original congregation he inherited from Bishop Johnson in Winston-Salem, NC. By today’s vernacular, one could say that Bishop Williams pastured "one church in three locations". He did all of that while holding down his secular job of tuning pianos for the now-defunct Hecht Company. As the organization grew with its influx of new churches in search of a shepherd, Bishop Williams divided the global map into territories. Not only did MCHCA have presences in North America, but also its international representation grew in the countries of Barbados, India, Trinidad& Tobago, England and the Bahamas. Bishop Williams filled the need for more oversight of the growing church be elevating Bishops and creating District Overseer positions. Eventually, Bishop Williams named Overseer Daniel Russell as Senior Pastor over his beloved Winston-Salem church, and joined his beloved wife, Pastor Shirley Ann Caesar-Williams as Co-Pastor of the Mt Calvary Word of Faith Church, in Raleigh, NC.
Please keep Pastor Shirley Caesar-Williams, Minister Hope Williams-Mason and their family in your prayers.