Jonathan Edward Williams was born December 13, 1967 in Washington, NC. He was the\n\neleventh child of fourteen born to Supt. Jesse and Missionary Naomi Williams, the second\n\nyoungest son of the Williams siblings. He dedicated his life to Christ in his youth and committed\n\nhis life to God's work and His ministry. Jonathan's musical pursuits began with singing in the\n\nyouth Sunshine Band choir at Anderson Temple COGIC, where his father was pastor. This is\n\nwhen he first began to develop and nurture his love for directing choirs. By the time he reached\n\nhis pre-teen years, Jonathan was playing the piano by ear, enhancing his growing musical\n\nabilities. Jonathan's high school years were busy ones, beginning with development and\n\narrangement of gospel music for the Seventy-First High School Show Choir.\n\nDuring his high school years Jonathan travelled all over the city performing and ministering in music and was\n\nblessed to perform with Twinkie Clark-Terrell of the Clark Sisters and work with the Fayetteville\n\nState University Gospel choir. He served as an assistant to both the music department of his\n\nhome church and to the Greater North Carolina Jurisdiction State Choir.\n\nJonathan joined the US\n\nArmy in 1989. His service took him many places where he continued his ministry in God's\n\narmy. He was eventually stationed at Ft. Riley, KS where he was a musician for Bobbitt Temple\n\nCOGIC. After leaving Kansas, he went to Germany where he became Minister of Music of the\n\nGreater North COGIC and managed the Music Department. A few years later, Jonathan\n\nbecame Minister of Music of the Federal Republic of Germany's Jurisdictional Choir for the\n\nChurches of God in Christ under the leadership of the late Bishop Carlis L. Moody, Sr. He was\n\nresponsible for 35 churches and the music for three major conventions every year, which\n\nconsisted of music for three different choirs.\n\nAs a soldier, Jonathan earned numerous awards and commendations and was deployed to the Gulf War in Iraq.\n\nA little-known history fact is that Jonathan was the first person to ever sing gospel music live at world NATO\n\nheadquarters in Brussels, Belgium. He left the Army in 1995 and came back stateside to continue in ministry.\n\nJonathan reconnected with Bishop Carlis Moody, Sr. and was a faithful member of Faith\n\nTemple COGIC in Evanston, IL for many, many years. He was Youth Choir musician and an\n\nAssistant to the Sanctuary, Mass and Men's Choirs and also worked with the Northwestern\n\nUniversity Chorale Ensemble. Under his direction, they were the featured choir to sing along\n\nwith the legendary Tramaine Hawkins in 1998 for a tribute to female gospel legends. In 2008,\n\nhe entered the Voices of Faith Choir in the national "How Sweet the Sound" Gospel Choir\n\ncompetition, winning first place for the Small Choir category and the $10,000 prize. Jonathan\n\nspent time in Indianapolis where he ministered at 28th Street COGIC under Supt. Nathaniel\n\nDraughn and at HOPE Worship Center under Pastor Ron Pulliam. He was the Charity District\n\nMinister of Music and a part of the Indiana 4th Jurisdiction Music Dept. For the last 5 years\n\nJonathan served as musician and Music Director for Full Gospel Deliverance Center in Salt\n\nLake City, Utah under Supt. Jervis E. Lee, Sr. As part of the Utah Jurisdiction COGIC, he\n\nserved as the State Minister of Music under Jurisdictional prelate Bishop Bobby R. Allen.\n\nJonathan's inherited his mother's renowned cooking skills. He spent years in the kitchen with\n\nher learning all of her techniques before attending culinary school to take his skills to the next\n\nlevel. He was an excellent chef and we will all miss his wonderful family meals. All the gifts the\n\nLord bestowed upon Jonathan became the very instruments that brought joy to his life.\n\nJonathan's gift back to the Lord was to share those gifts with God's people while praising and\n\nexalting His name. Jonathan was preceded in death by his parents, Supt. Jesse J. and\n\nMissionary Naomi R. Williams, and two brothers, Michael Anthony Williams and Baby Boy\n\nWilliams. He leaves to mourn 11 siblings: Betty J. Mooring (Samuel), Jesse J. Williams, Jr.\n\n(Carolyn), Robert E. Williams, Donald A. Williams, Milton R. Williams (Linda), Glenda E. Finney\n\n(Donald), Janice M. Williams (James), Vickie A. Nowlin, Cynthia D. Chapman (Willie), Samuel\n\nWilliams (Felecia) and Wyona L. Williams; his godparents, Elder & Mrs. Joseph Spencer; 3\n\naunts; 2 uncles; 45 nieces and nephews, 23 great-nieces and great-nephews and a host of\n\ncousins and extended family members.