Distinguished Alumnus Legacy Award
Robert I. Williams ’59
“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” – Daniel 12:3
Warner Pacific College is honored to recognize retired Church of God pastor Robert I. Williams ’59 with the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Legacy Award. Bob studied music at Pacific Bible College from 1956 to 1959. He left early to study Radio and TV Broadcasting at Northwest Schools. He later studied at the Universal Bible Institute and also studied music at Azusa Pacific College.
Reconciliation has been a major part of Bob’s ministry. He chaired the Credentials and Advisory Committee in the Inland Empire District of Eastern Washington, Oregon, and Northern Idaho. In that role, he helped heal many fractured relationships between pastors and congregations, while giving God all of the credit.
Bob has also spent much of his life serving under-resourced people, through prison ministry, chaplaincy work, and outreach to the elderly. From 1978 to 1984, he led the First Church of God in Toppenish, Washington, a mission church full of migrant workers and children. Bob also specialized in evangelism; directing youth conferences; leading music and worship; and producing commercial radio broadcasts. He later served on the National Curriculum Committee for the Churches of God.
Bob has turned his own hardship into opportunities to bless others. He experienced partial hearing loss while in the Army. As he grew older, Bob eventually experienced complete deafness, requiring bilateral cochlear implants. Since then, he has helped many organizations, including Warner Pacific College, Corvallis High School, and Samaritan Medical Services, better serve the needs of people with hearing loss.
Bob has served as the Oregon State Chapter Coordinator for the Hearing Loss Association of America and is currently the president of its Linn-Benton Counties Chapter. He remains active as a Bible teacher, pianist, preacher, and author.
Bob is married to his wife, Carolyn, and they have three children, Deborah Landers, Kimberly Williams, and Teresa Jackson.
Bob’s family legacy at Warner Pacific includes daughters Deborah ’88 and Kimberly ’88; son-in-law Roger Landers ’91; brother Roy Williams ’66; sister Betty Jo Jacobson ’75; nephews Richard Williams ’87 and Daniel Williams ’04; and current freshman student and granddaughter Kaleigh Mason.
In recognition of his life of faithful ministry and to his long-lasting impact on Warner Pacific through the many alumni in his family, Warner Pacific is pleased to welcome Bob into the circle of distinguished alumni, this day, Saturday, February 11, 2012.