William (Bill) MathisDirector

    After Albany native William (Bill) L. Mathis, graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in Political Science and Accounting in 1985, he served on the staff of the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control for the U. S. House of Representatives.

    With a keen interest in law, Bill attended Boston College to pursue his Law degree. While at Boston College, he emerged as the National Chairman of the Black Law Students Association, focusing on increasing minority presence in the profession. After graduating in 1989, Billserved first as a Judicial Law Clerk and then as Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.

    While in these positions, he was involved in ameliorating the plight of young Black males by developing preventive programs and assistance for the development of supporting environments.

    At this time, Bill was called to the ministry and began ministering through public policy issues. Prior to his entry to Harvard’s Divinity School in 2002, he served as Chaplain, Counselor and Teacher at The Baraka School, a school for inner city male youth based in Kenya, East Africa.

    As a Harvard Divinity School student, Bill served as a Consultant to the Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives’ Race Project. This project addressed structural racism and how it affects the disparate outcomes within communities of color. Bill specifically focused on the disparate outcomes within the area of Criminal Justice/Neighborhood Safety.

    After Bill’s Harvard experience, he served as Interim Director of the Third World Center (A Center devoted to providing advocacy, support and additional resources to students of color), including serving as an Assistant Dean of the College and Associate University Protestant Chaplain for Brown University.

    Most recently, Bill served as Program Manager for Project Longevity, an initiative that seeks to reduce shooting and homicides in New Haven by targeting group(s)/gangs(s) for purposes of engagement, including development of alternative life plans as well as develop effective and sustainable working relationships among Law Enforcement, Community, and Service Providers that changes social norms and practices toward better outcomes.

    Bill currently serves as Pastor of Springs of Life-Giving Water Church (The Springs), an American Baptist Church in New Haven, CT.  He is also the CEO of WLM Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to providing consulting services for the development of community and faith-based initiatives with an emphasis on communities of Africa and the African Diaspora. In addition, Bill serves as Director, Black Church Studies and Lecturer, Supervised Ministries at Yale Divinity School.

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