Born 'J.C.’, Pastor Williamson is the 7th child of eleven children born to Rev Tom & Mary Jones Williamson in New Albany, Mississippi. He was raised in the Baptist Church where his father & many of his cousins, brother, and sister were active in the ministry.
Pastor Williamson attended Union County training School which later became known as the B.F. Ford School in the town of New Albany.
Approaching graduation, Pastor Williamson was told he couldn’t have J.C. (initials) as a name on his graduation certificate. He then took his initials (his birth name J.C.) and started calling himself James Cottrell Williamson.
Pastor Williamson attended college at the M & I Institute College in Holly Springs Mississippi, but because he was needed back home to the farm, he returned and farmed the family land, which is still a part of his family today.
He married Mary S. Folsom & began his family. They become parents of 6 beautiful & handsome children...4 boys & 2 lovely daughters. All 6 of his children graduated high school. Some graduated college with his daughter being the first grandchild to graduate college. Her grandmother made the trip to see this great event in her 90's, in a wheelchair, from Mississippi.
Pastor Williamson lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a period of time but made Indianapolis his home. He worked many jobs to provide for his family, sometimes working 2 & 3 jobs at one time, but settled at Firestone Rubber Co in Noblesville, IN, retiring after over 26 years of loyal service.
Pastor Williamson enjoyed playing baseball. He played in the United States as well as Canada. He also played with the Indianapolis ABCs Negro Baseball League, and later coached many years and hundreds of young men at Douglas Little League where he became a father figure for many young men & women in the community.
Before receiving his calling to ministry, he was a young deacon at St Luke Missionary Baptist Church where he also served as the Chairman of the Deacons Board. He answered his calling after the loss of his son, and began preached around the city, surrounding areas, and states. He preached often at the Seven Star Missionary Baptist Church.
Pastor Williamson answered the call for greater and accepted the office of Pastor at the Nazarene Missionary Baptist church and is the founder of the current edifice located at 3505 E. 38th St, Indianapolis, IN.
Pastor J.C. (James Cottrell) Williamson is married to Helen J. Bates Williamson, First Lady and Minister of Music at Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church.
Pastor J.C. Williamson
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