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:

God’s love has no language, cultural barriers

By Eric Dressler | July 20, 2021

Kids having fun comes in every language. Add cool weather, tall pines and the gospel and you have a special youth church camp at Camp Wamatochick in Prescott, sponsored by…

Helping a pastor’s family in a time of crisis

By Eric Dressler | July 20, 2021

When churches around the state collect the Arizona Mission Offering in September, they’ll be directly helping ministry families going through hard times — families such as the Marquez family. Last year,…

Healing and wholeness through Christ-like community

By Eric Dressler | July 9, 2021

As Christians, we know God created us for community. He is a communal God within Himself, and He has called us to pursue community both with Him and others —…