By Charlotte Blasingame
Rev. Chette L. Williams has been the Chaplain for Auburn University War Eagles for 17 years. He is Campus Director for Auburn University Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Director of Urban Ministries, and President of Chette Williams Ministries. A noted speaker, author, and vital member of the Auburn Football program, Williams ministers on a daily basis, not only to coaches, players and their families, but to numerous staff throughout the Auburn Athletics Department . Through the Bible studies and counseling sessions with players and coaches, he counts it a privilege to serve the Auburn Family. Whether offering guidance, encouragement, or spiritual direction, his impact on both coaches and players has been profound and God- inspired, resulting in many souls saved and many brought back to a growing and productive life in Christ.
In recognition of his servant leadership, Williams was named the 2008 Keystone Leader- in- Residence by Auburn University’s College of Education. He has also received the “Most Distinguished Alumnus” honor by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Chilton County Auburn Club’s Unsung Hero Award.
Chette’s Auburn roots run deep. During his football career he was a three-year letterman on the Tigers football team in the early 80’s and contributed to Auburn’s Sugar Bowl, Citrus Bowl, and Liberty Bowl victories. Graduating in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science in Adult Education, Chette went on to New Orleans Theological Seminary, where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 1993.
Before to returning to Auburn to take on the role of team Chaplain, Williams served as the President of IMPACT Ministries in Spartanburg, SC from 1995-1999, as Pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church in Nee Orleans, La. From 1993-1995 and as an Associate Pastor of New Sing Baptist Church in Mobile , Al. from 1991-1993.
In 2013 Rev. Williams completed his second book ” The Broken Road” which chronicles the Auburn football team’s story from a mission trip in Dominion Republic to the 2011 BCS National Football Championship. This release cam after his 2007 memoir, Hard Fighting Soldier: Finding God in Trials, Tragedies and Triumphs.
Rev. Chette L. Williams Sr. Is a native of Winston Georgia and was born September 3, 1963. Williams is the father of two daughters Lauren Denice and Caitlyn Mae and one son, Chette LaRue Jr.
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