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Pastor looks back on 60 yrs

Past. Gordon Williams, Allanridge philanthropist, crime awareness campaigner and community worker, turned 60 on Tuesday (03/07).

Williams originally hails from Bronville and relocated to Allanridge in 2003.

His parents lived in Allanridge and Odendaalsrus during his early childhood days, but the family moved to Bronville in 1967.

He started attending the Bronville Primary School in 1968, and he matriculated from the Dr Block High School in Bloemfontein in 1979.

Williams is an ordained pastor and he has been the spiritual leader at New Life Ministries in Bronville for the past nine years.

He is a very active person.

“Being active keeps me alive and healthy, fit and busy,” says Williams.

He was the chairperson of the Allanridge Primary School governing body in 2009 and 2010.

Williams has a long list of achievements.

He is the chairperson of the Allanridge Sector Crime Forum, chairperson of the greater Allanridge Men’s Forum and also a member of the Greater Allanridge Community Police Forum.

Williams is the founder of the Thusanong Community Development Forum in Allanridge. He was the founder of the Bronville Legacy Community Foundation, and is one of the founder members of the Bronville Soccer Union. He served as secretary and chairperson of the Bronville Soccer Union for many years and was the founder of the Coloured Callies soccer team in Bronville.

“It is a pity that there is currently no soccer union in Bronville, yet Bronville has one of the best soccer stadiums in Matjhabeng,” he says.

He is one of the founders of the Welkom Pastors Forum.

“Pastors from Bronville, Thabong and Welkom are part of this forum,” says Williams.

Williams was part of the pastors committee which took part in organising Welkom’s 50th birthday in 1997.

“I was also one of the speakers at this event which took place in a large tent in Central Park in Welkom.”

Another of Williams’ milestone achievements was being part of the Matjhabeng Prayer groups which arranged the first Global Prayer day.

This prayer session took place in the Northern Free State rugby stadium in 2003.

“If I look back on my years in leadership in Bronville and Allanridge, I have some regrets. I regret not getting into politics, not serving on the school governing bodies where my children attended school in Bronville and leaving the Bronville Soccer Union when I became a reborn Christian.

“I feel it is because of this that after some years the soccer union, and all the soccer teams in Bronville, have ceased to exist,” he says.

Williams is a soccer lover, and hopes that soccer in Bronville will again be revived through the Bronville Legacy Community Foundation with the help of soccer loving people in Bronville.

Williams is a bibliophile, and especially loves reading business books, the Bible and spiritual books.

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