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Rev. Dr. Joan W. Williamson

is the founder of the Spirit of Life GLM (God Loves Me) Ministries, Inc., a nonprofit organization. In addition to the weekly radio broadcast, she provides weekly pastoral care, mentoring and bible study at Baylor Women's Correctional Institute in New Castle, Delaware. With an active board membership, this ministry leads in various community outreach such as an annual Summer Enrichment Program for children and teens which includes a Back to School Rally with school supplies and backpacks, and workshops on various topics. The Spirit of Life-GLM (God Loves Me) Ministries, Inc. is incorporated in the State of Delaware and publicly supported with 501 c(3) tax exemption.

Rev. Dr. Williamson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting/Business Administration from Delaware State University and a Master's of Business Administration degree (MBA) with a concentration in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she completed the Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with emphasis in economics and finance from the University of Delaware. Graduating Magna Cum Laude, she has received numerous honors and recognition ranging from various academic awards to Outstanding Teacher awards. As an ordained minister with a Masters of Divinity degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary), Rev. Dr. Williamson has served in various capacities, such as Associate Pastor, Director of Christian Education, and Church Treasurer and Treasurer for various other boards in the church.

Professionally, she is the first resident of the State of Delaware of African-American descent to obtain a license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (registered in Pennsylvania), also becoming Delaware State University's first African-American alum to obtain the CPA license. In employment, Rev. Dr. Williamson was the first African-American female to serve on the professional staff of the Philadelphia office of Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young), a "Big Four" CPA firm. June 2013, she retired as a full Professor of Accounting from Delaware State University after 37 years of service and service as Treasurer for the faculty union. She has publications and research focusing on such topics as the socioeconomic impact of poverty, the Enron bankruptcy's impact on accounting, auditing and public policy, the 2008 financial crisis and resultant mortgage foreclosures, and bank deregulation, etc.

Rev. Dr. Williamson is the wife of Donald R. Williamson, the mother of three adult children, Maisha, Adina, and Donald S. (Shawnna) , and the grandmother of six grandchildren. As an anointed teacher and scholar, Rev. Dr. Williamson is one of God's messengers to bring a word of peace and encouragement to the downtrodden and those caught in despair. Most importantly, she is a child of the King.

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