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Congratulations to Eli Williams for being awarded the Nehemiah Foundations 2020 Leadership Award.  Pastor Eli Williams has presented the award at the Nehemiah Foundation's annual Leadershp breakfast meeting on November 19, 2020.  The Leadership Award is presented to individuals in the community that have made a positive impact based on the foundation's principles of Pray, Unify, Equip and Mobilize.  To view the presentation that was done virtually click here. 

Thursday, 05 November 2020 00:34

Fathering in a Pandemic: Why Dads Matter

The Bible is the greatest instructional guide for fathers. It clearly outlines how aThe Bible is the greatest instructional guide for fathers. It clearly outlines how a father is to treat, instruct, guide, nurture, and provide for his children. Throughout the Bible, you will find verse after verse that will equip fathers to become the father that God intended them to be. Let’s take a look at some of the most important attributes that a Godly father must possess.


Compassion means showing concern for others, understanding their pain, “and the desire to somehow mitigate that pain.”Why do you think a father should be able to show compassion? Share a time in which you showed compassion. Talk with your children about showing compassion and decide how best you and your children can show compassion this week to someone in need.


Discipline is hard, and yet it is absolutely necessary for a child to grow and mature into a responsible adult. As adults, we find that sometimes God will discipline us. Share with your child how you have seen God at work disciplining your life. There are times in which we stray from being present with God. When that happens, He will guide us back to Him. In the same way, a father must gently guide his child through correction and discipline. Discipline can be done in a quiet, respectful way. Be sure to make eye contact with your child and let them know that their behavior/action is unacceptable but you still love them. Love is the key to successful discipline.


It’s been said that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a good reason. We need to listen twice as much as we talk. This verse highlights that a father’s instructions are worth paying attention to and understanding. When you give your child an instruction, ask your child to repeat what you just said to be sure they understand.


The word “exasperate” means to irritate or frustrate intensely. This verse clearly says that Fathers do not anger or annoy your children, instead train them in the way of the Lord, showing kindness, gentleness, self-control, patience. Not always easy after a long day, but by keeping your temper at bay, will show that you are trying to represent Godly instruction in true righteousness and holiness. The next time you find yourself about to lose your patience, take a moment to pray for patience and remember that your son or daughter is a “Child of God” and you are given the amazing responsibility to train them in the ways of the Lord.


The goal of every father is to provide for his family, therefore if a child asks for food, you wouldn’t give him something harmful, instead, you would provide something that would provide nourishment. Providing for a child can come in a variety of ways. Providing for the health and well being of a child is the primary way in which a father can show his love and support to his child. Providing doesn’t always mean financially but can also mean mentally and spiritually. List a few ways you are providing for your child that doesn’t cost anything. Some examples might be, spending time together, talking, walking, riding bikes, teaching a new skill. These are all valuable ways that show you are a provider.

Fathers are “indispensable” in the lives of their children. A father’s love, support, encouragement, and quiet strength are so important to the natural growth and spiritual development of any child. Never doubt that a father’s guiding hand and Godlyinstructions can have a lasting impact on their child. May God bless you each day because you MATTER in the life of your child(ren).

Biblical References


“As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;” (Psalm 103:13


“My son, do not despise theLord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke because theLord disciplines those he loves...”(Proverbs 3: 11-12)


“Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.” (Proverbs 4:1)


“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)


“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?” (Luke 11:11)



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When the girls at Ridgewood School decided to hold a Father-Daughter dance they never knew the impact of that decision.  Deepening the relationship with their own fathers was the primary goal but they didn't really understand it was up to the dads to build the girls self-image and what it means to be treated like a princess.  They also did not realize that when they chose Urban Light Ministries as their organization to donate their proceeds of the event they were also touching the lives of many other families and building the bonds between fathers and their children.  The proceeds raised will be used for ULM's work with fathers and the Father Love program.  The last Father Love workshop that was just completed this week touched more than 45 male participants.  Some were dads others were learning what it means to be a POPS (protector, order keeper, provider and stabilizer) for their families. Within the 13 weeks, there was an improvement of over 22% of the awareness of what it means to be an effective POPS.  Thanks, Ridgewood School for the generosity and making an impact.

Rev. Eli Williams of Springfield, Ohio might be described as a modern-day renaissance man.  He is a paster; a business owner; an author; and a founder and CEO of Clark County's Urban Light Ministries.  Williams is also the writer, producer, and host of the Hot Gospel 20 (a weekly syndicated gospel music countdown show heard worldwide (  . . .   To read more of the article "A Father's Love," published in the 2019 Spring Edition of "On A Mission" magazine click on the link below to download a copy of the article.  For a complete copy of the magazine go to

Friday, 28 December 2018 14:33

Celebrate Simunye! We are One.

What: Celebrate Simunye!

When: Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 2:00 to 3:30 PM

Where: Southgate Church, Springfield, Ohio

                December 28, 2019; Springfield, OH: The growing racial tension in the world today is very concerning.  At least that is what a diverse group of pastors and Christian leaders in Springfield Ohio believe and have been meeting together to address.  They call the group Simunye, which in the Zulu language means “we are one” and are hosting a public gathering on January 19th featuring Dr. Charles Ware. Ware is the co-author with Ken Ham on the book “One Race One Blood”.  This is your opportunity to celebrate Christian unity and learn more about what you can do to increase peace and harmony locally.

Member Eli Williams stated, “because there is so much hate in the world, the group’s official mission is to stimulate local churches toward biblically healthy multiethnic relationships”. Their purpose is to glorify God by loving all peoples, and encouraging others to do the same. “We envision churches modeling God’s vision for peace, oneness, and biblical unity” agreed Earnest Brown and Bobby Hile, senior pastors of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and Southgate Church respectively. 

Celebrate Simunye! will be held at Southgate Church 2111 S. Center Blvd. in Springfield, Ohio on Saturday, January 19th from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.   Admission is free and will include selections from a multi-church choir, the premier of Simunye’s introductory video and an inspirational message from Dr. Charles Ware from Indianapolis, Indiana who serves as a consultant on racial reconciliation and leadership.  Dr. Ware is president emeritus of Crossroads Bible College, which is dedicated to training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ.

Click here to download event flyer.

Simunye group

 Some members of Simunye (left to right, front to back: Sam Bryant, David Cotto, Dr. Murray Murdock, Eli Williams, Bobby Hile, Stephen Massey, Earnest Brown)


As our minds and hearts turn to this festive and giving time of year, please consider Urban Light Ministries as one of your selected donations.  All donations are tax deductible and will make an impact on many families in the community.  Please take a moment to read ElI Williams, President of Urban LIght Ministries, fourth quarter letter.   Please click here to review the letter.


Thank you for your support both monetary and prayers.

Congratulations to Eli Williams who was highlighted in this months edition of Springfield Living Magazine.

To see a  copy of the page please click here.

Urban Light Ministries would like to say a big THANK YOU to Daniel Blevins and Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial for their generous donation and matching gift of $5000.  As a non-profit that provides free programs to Clark and Montgomery County fathers and youth, donations are the lifeblood of our existence to continue the efforts in one of the most critical challenges in society today - the absence of a father's in a child's life.  Thank you to all those that participated and contributed in Urban Light Ministries Taste of the Holiday event.

On October 25, 2018 Eli Williams received the Modern Woodman of America Hometown Hero Award for the Springfield Chapter.  The award is to recognize individuals that make a positive impact on the community.  Eli Williams founded Urban Light Ministries over 25 years ago and has to continued to help turn the hearts of fathers to their children and children's hearts to the Father.