Rev. John Williams
(with First Lady Cherilyn)
No one would have guessed that the shy, quiet boy from Independence, Missouri would grow up to be a minister.
But, since my ordination thirty-two wonderful years ago, I have been joyfully serving Christ's church.
Blessed with an amazing education at Culver-Stockton College where I received a Bachelors degree in Religion and Philosophy,
I was fortunate to continue studies at Phillips Graduate Seminary where I received a Masters of Divinity Degree and later a
Masters in Sacred Theology at Christian Theological Seminary. I was privileged to serve the First Christian Church in
Blue Mound, IL, Tabernacle Christian Church in Franklin, IN, First Christian Church in Tacoma, WA and most recently here at
Federated Church in West Lafayette.
Of course, I couldn't do it alone, and have been fortunate to share the last thirty-four years with my wife and partner,
Cherilyn. Our son, Adam, has been a constant source of joy and is now a law student in Seattle, WA, giving us a great
place to visit on occasion. When I'm not enjoying some activity at church, I love music, theater and movies.
Chances are good that on a Friday night you'll find us at a local theater.
It is a real honor to serve Federated Church. It is a church where everyone is welcome, all traditions are respected,
and the gospel of Jesus Christ is shared in profound ways. Federated Church is filled with loving, conscientious and
caring people who diligently seek to live out their faith. I am humbled and thankful to serve as the Senior Pastor at
Federated Church in West Lafayette. Come and join us!
I was born and raised in West Lafayette, IN and attended West Lafayette Schools
and Purdue University. Children and their well being have always been
important to me. From a young age I provided child care for neighbors
and church members, taught Sunday school, worked with youth groups and directed
many Vacation Bible School programs, so I felt prepared for the challenge of
this position in our church family.
My Grandfather, Paul E. Million Sr., was my best friend and mentor as a child.
He was a Disciples of Christ Minister for many years.
I felt his influence and God's call to pursue my ministry license,
and to work with Children.
I have enjoyed working with others to start a new worship center for our children
where we hold Worship & Wonder. Our F.I.S.H. group (3rd-6th graders)
is fun and has a beautiful new room to create, praise, and worship God in.
Come join us in spreading the good news of God's love while we nurture
His and our most blessed gift, the children.
Administrative Assistant & Financial Secretary
After 37 years of doing "geeky" stuff at Purdue University, a new calling summoned me to
the best "job" that anyone could be blessed to enjoy.
Ensconced in a glass-walled office
(please don't throw stones!), you can witness this "church secretary's" daily ritual of fun with
finances, answering the phone and email, keeping the calendar from exploding with multiple
concurrent events, preparing our weekly worship bulletins, keeping our
computer systems running, editing videos, maintaining our website, "other duties as assigned"
and otherwise having a blast.
Miscellaneous tidbits: Oldest of eight children, baptized by a Disciples of Christ
congregation at age 12, recipient of the God and Country award (fellow
Scouts will know this one), sings way better than he ever played the bass clarinet in
middle school, came to Purdue as a Physics Honors student in 1969 and sang in the
Varsity Glee Club under Al Stewart's direction, was irritated upon his first visit to
Federated Church 25-odd years ago because they serve communion only on the first Sunday
of the month (he eventually got over it), loves to cook, enjoys knotty problems, met
wife Celia on a study trip to Strasbourg, France 42 years ago, one son (Christopher,
Navy veteran, now attending college in Indianapolis), and one daughter (Catharine,
Purdue graduate, now an engineer in the Chicago area).
If the Lord is willing, this will be my final earthly journey on the way to the Great Reunion.
I can't wait. How about you?
Too shy to write her own, Judy must suffer the indignity of an unauthorized third-party's attempt
at a brief biographical sketch.
Judy helps keep the heat off of the Administrative Assistant by intercepting and entertaining
visitors and phone calls, keeps our membership/visitor records up to date, plays a critical role
in our Care Council ministry, and serves as Federated's Wedding Coordinator.
The short version is simply that "Judy is AWESOME!" We'll see if this encourages her to write
something beautiful about herself to replace this pitifully-lacking prose. :-)