F. Bruce Williams

Dr. F. Bruce Williams is Senior Pastor at Bates Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. His primary area of interest is in the rhetoric of eloquence in narrative preaching. For his dissertation, he is focusing on the rhetoric of Dr. Frederick G. Sampson, one of most effective communicators of the gospel of our time. Dr. Sampson’s rhetoric in both pulpit preaching and in the public square as it relates to the struggle for civil rights are of particular interest.

He chose the CTS program because he has a deep interest in studying African American preaching at a PhD level and is intrigued by the element of sacred rhetoric. Additionally, he wanted to be among the first to be a part of such a significant, one-of-a-kind PhD program.

Some of his recent accomplishments include:

  • Earning his DMin from United Theological Seminary
  • Authoring three books – “Gideon: A Hero in the Making,” “Love Notes” and “You Can Have As Far As You Can See”
  • Being honored in 2014 by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for excellence in pastoral leadership and service
  • Being nominated for the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame
  • Being Inducted into the Williams H. Sheppard Excellence in the Community Hall of Fame, a distinguished honor for those making significant and notable contributions within the community