For First Lady Laverne Williams of Victory Institutional Baptist Church in Hawthorne, her career as a registered nurse feels very closely related to her role as the pastor’s wife.
“Who I am in the church setting is who I am at work,” says Williams, who has been serving as first lady at Victory Institutional for 28 years.
Because she is one of the coordinators over the Health Awareness Ministry at the church and because she’s passionate about educating her church members about diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and weight loss, she seamlessly glides from her career to her ministry.
“I believe being healthy also plays a role in working together with your spiritual growth because if you’re sick and ill you can’t really focus on your spiritual growth,” said the wife of Pastor Richard Williams III and mother of two adult sons.
Interestingly enough, in all of Williams two decades at the church, obstacles have been few and far between.
“It’s all a learning experience. If a person is comfortable in their own skin and in who they are and their relationship with Christ, know what their gifts and their passions are, strengthen those areas and move forward. Treating people the way you want to be treated,” is the advice she would give a future first lady.
“I always ask God, what do you need me to learn from this experience or this challenge? I need to learn it so I can move forward.”