NAPERVILLE, Ill.—Emmanuel Baptist Church of Warrenville honored Dale and Shirley Williams for 30 years of ministry at the church. A celebration on April 7 included a reunion dinner with family, friends, and past and present members and attenders. The church also honored the couple by sponsoring a community blood drive in March and giving them a certificate for a stay in Galena, Illinois.

Dale and Shirley have been married for 32 years and have four grown children. In addition to ministering as pastor, Dale has served on the board of the Chicago Area Church Planters Inc. since 1997 and has served seven terms on the Council of Ten for the Illinois-Missouri Association of Regular Baptist Churches.

The church’s website says that “he counts it a privilege and a blessing to have been able to shepherd long enough to see children that were born since he arrived in Warrenville, graduate from high school, and prepare to serve the Lord in the future.”