Ed and Gilda Williamson
As vice president at large, Dr. Williamson's responsibilities include being a church multiplication facilitator, overseeing the OMS ordination process, building a strong bridge of connection between OMS and The Wesleyan Covenant Association, preaching and teaching with an emphasis on the doctrine of holiness, and engaging new partners in the vision to reach at least a billion people. Gilda's ministry will focus on Dynamic Women in Missions and HOPE61, OMS' human trafficking prevention ministry.
Ed and Gilda, who married in 2015, were brought together by the tragedy of losing their first soulmates to cancer: Loretta, a 22-year breast cancer survivor, and James, who endured an 18-month battle with brain cancer. Together, Ed and Gilda have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.
Dr. Williamson was called into ministry at the age of 12 and began pastoral ministry in 1974. Elected in 1998, he planted three international conferences while serving as international general superintendent of the Evangelical Methodist Church. Formerly, he worked at Teen Challenge in NYC with the late Rev. David Wilkerson. In 1984, Ed transferred from the United Methodist Church to the Evangelical Methodist Church. He and his wife Loretta planted Covenant Evangelical Methodist Church and Covenant Christian School in Morgantown, WV. Subsequently, four daughter churches were planted in North Central West Virginia.
Dr. Williamson holds a B.A. in Bible from Asbury University, a master's in religious education from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, a master's of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in ministry from Boston University School of Theology. He served as an adjunct professor with John Wesley College in High Point, NC., and has served on the board of trustees of Asbury University and Wesley Theological Seminary. In 1997, he became a member of the Board of Trustees of One Mission Society and served as the chair.
Dr. Williamson and his first wife, Loretta, are the authors of the book, No Other Name: A Couple's Story of Living with Cancer, published in 2016.
Gilda holds a bachelor of science in education from Montevallo University, a master's of science in instructional media from Jacksonville State University; a master's in school counseling, and an educational specialist degree in school counseling from the University of Alabama. After 36 years in public education, Gilda retired to join Ed in ministry with the Evangelical Methodist Church International. She created "Bibles for New Believers," providing Bibles in native languages to over 3,000 new converts who otherwise would not have access to studying God's Word. She created a ministry supplying basic first aid and hygiene needs for those in third world countries called PACKS.