Ridgeway Baptist Church: Month-long observance continues with pair of presenters Sunday
Black History observances during Sunday school at Ridgeway Baptist Church for the month of February will continue this Sunday with a pair of presenters. James Andrews will speak at 10:50 a.m., followed by Johnny Williams, sheriff of Warren County at 12:10 p.m.
Born to the late Merlin and Bettie Andrews of Warren County, Andrews began attending school in Warren County, furthering his educational at Shaw University School of Divinity.
Receiving a grant from the National A. Philip Randolph Institute, he first become outreach director, then secretary-treasurer, of North Carolina State’s American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. After serving in the latter capacity for 13 years, he was finally elected as its president.
Andrews earned a purple heart during his time in Vietnam. He has spent time in Israel, Spain and Portugal as part of an exchange program. In addition, he has lectured and conducted workshops in Liberia, West Africa, and was once part of a study group in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
Married to Audrey Andrews of Martinsville, Va., he attends Burchette Chapel United Church of Christ in Manson.
The son of Rebecca Williams and the late Preston Williams of the Warren County, the future sheriff attended school within the county, earning a diploma from John Graham High School in Warrenton. He went on to attend Vance-Granville Community College, Wake Tech Community College, North Carolina Justice Academy, North Carolina Sheriff’s Association and the Sheriff’s Training at the Institute of Government at Chapel Hill.
From 1980-1994, he served first as a volunteer/auxiliary deputy, then as a full-time deputy sheriff for the county sheriff’s department, finally being elected to his current post at the end of that period.
During his tenure, he has nearly tripled the number of deputies on the force; relocated the sheriff’s office; implemented upgrades to the E911 system; and established satellite offices amidst the county.
Williams is actively involved in several groups, including: the Warren County Fire Association, Warren County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, Warrenton Lions Club and the Local E-911 Advisory Board. He serves as trustee at Greater Lovely Hill Baptist Church.
He has been married to Robin Scott Williams for 25 years. Together, they have raised two sons.