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Reverend Byron Williams has served as pastor of the Resurrection Community Church since 2002.

In addition to his ministerial responsibilities, Williams writes a social/political column for the Bay Area News Group, which includes the Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, and Contra Costa Times. His column appears in 30 publications across the country. He is also a contributor to The Huffington Post.

Williams has had articles appear in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, Christianity Today, UK Guardian, Tikkun Magazine, and Public Theology.

Princeton professor Cornel West considers Byron’s work “groundbreaking and historic.” The Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr. of Allen Temple Baptist Church calls Byron “the Reinhold Niebuhr of his day.”

Williams’ is the author of “Strip Mall Patriotism: Moral Reflections on the Iraq War”—a series of essays covering a four-year span in what is arguably America’s worst foreign policy decision.

Williams’ forthcoming book projects include: “Inconvenient Love: Essays of Hope and Justice” and “1963: The Year of Hope and Hostility.”

For the second consecutive year Williams’ work was nationally recognized when was nominated by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as “Columnist of the Year.” In 2011, his column was considered for a Pulitzer Prize.

Williams has spoken throughout the country, he has appeared on numerous television and radio news programs, including CNN, ABC Radio, Fox News, and National Public Radio. He recently appeared on MSNBC’s “Debating the Black Agenda.” He serves as a member of People for the American Way’s African American Religious Affairs and is religious co-chair for the National Black Justice Coalition.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science; his masters’ thesis at the Pacific School of Religion of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA emphasized a theology of liberation in an urban context. He also speaks French.

He lives in Oakland, CA with his precocious and spoiled Boxer Zeus.


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