Behind the Shield: Captain Eddie Williams
Captain Eddie Williams is currently located at the Racine Corps as the Corps Officer. The Salvation Army of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan is proud to have him as an officer in our community. Learn more about Captain Eddie Williams below.
how did you first learn about the salvation army?
My mother and her siblings were introduced to The Salvation Army by way of the St. Louis Euclid Ave. Corps. They were active in programs and were soldiers. Their involvement with The Salvation Army carried over into future generations and so on and so forth. The Salvation Army has always been my family and my church home.
What made you want to become an officer?
It was never in my plans for my life to become an officer. Nor would I say it is something I wanted. However, one of my Corps Officers always encouraged us as young adults to keep an open mind about full-time ministry as officers. It may sound cliché, but the idiom "never say never" would sum up my calling to Officership. When God calls, you answer. Even through the hard days, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
What is your favorite part about being an officer at tsa?
My favorite part about being an officer is the opportunity to navigate life with those I serve and work alongside. I feel so much more fulfilled and purposeful as an officer when I am present with those I serve. Whether it be at lunch, having a casual conversation in the parking, visitation, or serving meals in the community. I believe building relationships is a vital component of kingdom work.
what has been your favorite experience with tsa?
The Salvation Army has opened my eyes and my world to opportunities and experiences that I don't believe I would have had anywhere else. Experiencing different cultures, serving in various communities, and hearing how the Army has had such a lasting impact in so many lives is amazing.
What is one thing you believe the world should know about tsa?
Our foundation is as a church first. Preaching the gospel, growing disciples, building relationships, etc., is at the forefront of our mission and ministry. From this foundation, we are then empowered to serve our community through Social Services and additional programs and services. It is a holistic ministry and not separate ministries.
What are three words you'd use to describe tsa?
Family, Service, Inclusive.