Overseer Paulette Williams, the youngest of seven children to Dorothy Watson and the late Robert Daniel Watson, Sr. is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was educated in the Philadelphia Public Schools, then attended Temple University and majored in Music Education with a concentration in Voice.
On August 5, 1978, she married Bishop Williams and moved to Richmond, Virginia. After the birth of her two children, she enrolled at Virginia Commonwealth University and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree.
She was employed with the Chesterfield County Public School system twelve years as a music teacher and four years as an Instructional Technology Integrator. She began her graduate studies in Administration & Supervision at George Washington University and later attended Grand Canyon University to complete her graduate studies in Education with an emphasis in Technology.
Overseer Williams journeyed with her husband to Lynchburg, Virginia to become pastors of New Birth ICM. After working one year as Director of Blossoming Branches Child Care Center, she returned to the public school system where she is currently employed in the Amherst County Public Schools. Overseer Williams is also a part of the Amherst Education Association and serves on the Amherst Diversity Council and the Fitz Turner Commission, which is a part of the Virginia Education Association and membership chair for Amherst Education Association. She has been teaching for 28 years.
Her Christian experience began at St. Paul Holy Church, under the pastorate of the late Elder Lee Vanner Pugh in Philadelphia, PA. She worked faithfully in the ministry as a Sunday school teacher and secretary. She was also a member of the Young Adult choir. When she moved to Richmond, she continued her love for ministry at Jerusalem Holy Church and New Jerusalem ICM. She served as Youth leader, Sunday school teacher, choir director for the Chamblin Concert Ensemble, Senior Choir & Mass Choir, member of the Praise & Worship team, and leader of the Women’s ministry and assisted with the new member’s class at NJICM.
In 2003, she was ordained as an Elder; and in 2016 she was appointed to Overseer.
She has successfully completed general and specific requirements for Level One through Level Four from the Bread of Life School of the Bible in Rustburg, Virginia.
Bishop and Overseer Williams are blessed with two children, Gavin and Casie; a daughter-in-law, Cyndi; and great grandson, Karson.