Beginnings. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Darnell grew up in a single parent home. With an incredible support system, lots of determination, and the grace of God, he was able to push beyond the pains of his childhood and pursue God’s plan for his life. Dr. Darnell accepted Christ at sixteen years old and began ministry at nineteen.
Ministry. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1992. Currently, he serves as senior pastor of One Church Lima, a multiethnic ministry in Lima, Ohio (since 2006). He holds ordination credentials with the Assemblies of God.
Education. He holds an earned Doctor of Ministry with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, MO.
Professionally. His business background spans the areas of Banking, Credit Card, Mortgage, and Insurance.
Leadership. Dr. Darnell served as Secretary-Treasurer of the International Ministry Network (German District) of the Assemblies of God (2014-2020); General Presbyter of the Assemblies of God (by virtue of office), since 2014; and Vice President of the National Black Fellowship of the Assemblies of God. He was elected to serves as an Executive Presbyter at the 58th General Council of the Assemblies of God.
Serving in the capacity of Bishop, Williams provides oversight to the New Life Network, a relational gathering of churches and para-church ministries.
Community. Dr. Darnell serves as a member of the Rhodes State College University Foundation Board (Since 2015). He also serves as a Trustee for Evangel University (Since 2016). He serves as the President of Judah Enterprises, non-profit ministry that provides outreach to families facing food insecurities and ministering compassion to those in need. Likewise, he has served as Chaplain for Lima Memorial health systems and the Lima Police Department.
Family. He has been happily married (since 1993) to K. Charlene Williams of Guyana, South America, who serves with him in ministry. They are the proud parents of a son in college, Adrian.