New Mount Olive Baptist Church, 400 Northwest Ninth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will host the 47th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Service on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 4:00 P.M. The service will be sponsored by the Zeta Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
This year’s celebration will include a musical extravaganza with selections from The Voices of New Mount Olive Baptist Church, Director Kenny Smith. The Rev. Breon Alexander Williams, Senior Pastor of Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, Ferndale, Michigan, will be the guest speaker.
Rev. Breon Williams was born the twelfth of fifteen children to Cheryl and (the late) Bruce Williams, Sr., but was raised by his Great-Grandmother the late Mary L. Cromer.
Rev. Williams accepted the call of God on his life to preach the Gospel. After years of dedicated preparation, he Associate Minister of First Baptist Church Piney Grove, Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Since then Rev. Williams accepted the call of Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church Piney Grove and St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Boynton Beach, Florida. Many lives have been touched and changed by his message of Christ’s hope, love and restoration.
Rev. Breon Williams is the Senior Pastor of Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church in Ferndale, Michigan and has served since the Fall of 2021. Since this assignment and through the work of the Lord, he has made an indelible impact on the congregation and community. While in Michigan, Rev. Williams has been the guest speaker for the Fellowship District Baptist Association and has preached at New Bethel Baptist Church where the former Pastor is the late Rev. C.L. Franklin, father of Aretha Franklin.
Promoting academic excellence, Rev. Williams is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Education and studied at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School finishing with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Rev. Williams is a certified Grief Counselor by the American Institute of Grief Counseling: certified in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida and Clinical Pastoral Education from the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training.
As a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Rev. Williams proves commitment to service of our community and all mankind by serving the Zeta Alpha Lambda Chapter, Fort Lauderdale as Chaplain, and the Associate Chaplain for the Florida Federation of Alpha Chapters District Area.
He credits his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his anointing as well as his Great-Grandmother, Aunt Pearlie Crawford and Uncle Dr. Carl Crawford for his upbringing and love for Christ.
Most recently, Rev. Williams has been honored by Bethune-Cookman University as a 40 under 40 award recipient during the 2019 Homecoming. Rev. Williams has served as speaker for both the Florida East Coast District Association Congress of Christian Education and the Florida State General Congress of Christian Education. Rev. Williams was honored with a Community Service Award by the UXO Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
Rev. Breon Williams believes in the words of Mark 16:13 “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to everyone” and the words of the old standard hymn “ A charge to keep I have and a God to glorify”.
The annual celebration service is in recognition of the magnificent works of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King’s noble precepts and ideals regarding equal rights, privileges and love for all mankind led to the Congressional Declaration of January 15th as a National Holiday in his honor. The public is invited to attend this inspirational and educational program.
For further information, please contact the Church at (954) 463-5126 or Brother Michael A. Robinson at (954) 831- 7258.