Ernest Williams (1885-1981) was a first generation Pentecostal, having received the baptism in the Holy Spirit while attending the Azusa Street Mission in 1906. He ministered with other Azusa followers, going north to Portland where Florence Crawford had established the Apostolic Faith. He later filled pastorates in Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. His last pastorate (1920-1930), before moving to Springfield, was Highway Tabernacle, Philadelphia. In 1929 he was elected general superintendent. Steady growth of the Assemblies of God in the U.S.A. marked Williams' 20-year ministry from 1929-1949. He wrote books and articles on theological topics and had a question and answer column in the Pentecostal Evangel for many years. He is remembered as a humble and godly leader, living to the ripe old age of almost 97.
In this featured audio, Wayne E. Warner interviews Ernest S. Williams, former general superintendent, about his life and ministry, his relationship with early Pentecostals, and his work with the Assemblies of God, September 29, 1979.
Links: E. S. Williams Interview
Standard MP3 Podcast [84:09m]