Hundreds of guests attended the 2016 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 7, 2016 in Jefferson City. They heard an inspirational message from guest speaker Aeneas Williams and enjoyed special music from Jefferson City High School Chorale under the direction of Beth Dampf. Thank you for the tremendous support and generosity through the freewill offering for the Samaritan Center! Please visit this site again to learn more about the 2017 event.
In 1989, New Orleans-raised Aeneas Williams was a junior walk-on defensive back at Southern University. The next year, before earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting, he tied the NCAA Division I-AA single-season interception record. Williams was drafted in the third round of the 1991 draft by the Phoenix (later Arizona) Cardinals and became a St. Louis Ram in 2001.
During a remarkable 14-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl, eight Pro Bowls and four All-Pro selections, Williams had chances to help some of his teammates through some of life’s rougher patches. These opportunities led him to the realization that unhappiness doesn’t come from the things in our lives, rather it comes from things missing from our lives.
Aeneas Williams made his personal commitment to Jesus Christ during his junior year at Southern University and has devoted his off-field life to sharing the wisdom and understanding of the Word of God. He is a beloved St. Louis community leader and role model whose tireless service, outreach and personal counsel have changed lives. Pastor Williams has a love for people and a passion for helping each of us fulfill our full potential. In 2007, he and his wife of 23 years, Tracy, founded The Spirit Church in St. Louis, where he serves as senior pastor.
On Aug. 2, 2014, Aeneas Williams was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.