Williams, Hillside staff member, dies

Aug 3, 2015

Chris Williams, associate pastor of affinity ministries and student ministries at Hillside Baptist Church, Phoenix, died March 1 following a brief illness.

Hillside Pastor Brian LeStourgeon described Williams at a memorial service held March 7 at the church: “Husband, father, son and friend. Minister, musician, outdoorsman. Student, teacher, mentor and disciple. … Chris was all of these and more.”

Speakers at the service noted Williams was passionate about changing the world one life at time. “He devoted his life to the transformation of lives,” said one friend.

At Hillside, Williams led the youth program, college ministry and men’s ministry and oversaw the women’s and senior adults ministries.

“He transformed our church leadership, and he earned out respect,” LeStourgeon said. “He was in every respect a minister of the gospel.”

While speakers at the memorial service noted Williams’ passion as a minister, they also noted he was devoted to his family, including wife Raquel and their 20-month-old son, Joshua.

Williams’ death was felt throughout the Arizona Southern Baptist family. Having taken youth groups to Zona and WinterFresh, he was well-known and respected among youth ministers throughout the state. He was a student at the Arizona Campus of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Raquel works for Arizona Baptist Children’s Services’ New Life Pregnancy Centers. His father-in-law is Fernando Amaro, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention Hispanic ministries facilitator.

Williams is also survived by his parents, David and Lori Williams; a sister, Amanda Jones; and three grandparents.

Share This Article:

Recent Articles:

Mathew Mueller: Christ stays faithful through trials, our ‘shifty’ faith

June 13, 2022

In a world that is desperate for truth and full of pain and trials, Mathew Mueller has seen Christ transform and help His followers remain grounded through it all. And…

Marslender names Arizona Sexual Abuse Response Team

June 13, 2022

Arizona Southern Baptist Mission Network President Jack Marslender has appointed a Sexual Abuse Response Team to review the recommendations coming out of Guidepost Solutions’ investigation, which was released publicly by…

New church planting catalyst serves in Phoenix West Valley

June 13, 2022

Sterling and Jenna Edwards are church planters at heart. They share almost 16 years of church planting experience and ministry to potential and established church planters and their wives. In…