Bishop William Wilkins, Jr. is the last child of his five siblings. He was born into the Straight Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ Inc. Pastored by the late District Elder Hugh Williams Sr. He attended Sunday School, was a part of the youth for Christ Choir and remained faithful to that ministry and the Bronx Diocese under the leadership of (Bishop William G. Fields) as a child. At the young age of 10 years old, Bishop Wilkins received Christ into his life and was baptized with the Holy Ghost at the Greater Refuge Temple Church pastored by the late Apostle William Lee Bonner. At the age of thirteen the Lord led him to join the church. At the young age of nineteen Bishop Wilkins accepted the call into the preaching ministry.
Bishop Wilkins who is a servant at heart, served faithfully in several capacities within his local church as well as the International Church; the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ (COOLJC). Some of the key role he has served in are: Young People Union President, member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Refuge Temple Outreach Services Inc., International Congress President and Greater Refuge Temple and Youth Pastor for over fifteen years. Bishop Wilkins also is the founder of the Youth Ministers Alliance (YMA) under the International Board of Presbyters for the COOLJC where he served to train young ministers and provide them with peer fellowship opportunities. One of Bishop Wilkins greatest passions of service was serving his pastor the late great Bishop William Bonner. Bishop Wilkins served his father in the gospel until the Lord called him from labor to reward in 2015.
Bishop Wilkins is a lifelong learner, and has received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, in his quest to serve with excellence he also graduated with a Master’s of Science in Organizational Change Management and Bishop also holds a Masters in Organizational Development. Bishop Wilkins received his Ministerial Studies training from the Church of Christ Bible Institute, the W.L. Bonner College in South Carolina and Liberty University. Bishop has worked in the not-for-profit profession for over 25 years, overseeing a variety of social programs for low-income families in the city of New York as well as worked for the New York City Board of Education. Bishop Wilkins has been awarded the outstanding service award by the New York City Episcopal Charities for is work with under privileged families as well as leadership awards from the New York Department of Education, the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ Presiding Bishop Office (Bishop Matthew Norwood) and the Simeon Foundation located in the South Bronx for is work in organizational management just to name just a few.
While faithfully serving in the ministry, Bishop Wilkins fell in love with, and married his beautiful wife, Sarai of Indianapolis, Indiana. Bishop Wilkins has been blessed with three children who are the joy of his life Mya Fayth, William Blake and Madison Grace. Currently, Bishop serves as Assistant Pastor of the Greater Refuge Temple and the Chairman of the International Convention Committee of the C.O.O.L.J.C. Bishop Wilkins is also a member of the United Chaplains of New York State. Bishop Wilkins strives to lives by the word of God and most importantly, is Godly proud to be called a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Bishop’s passion is helping to train leaders and laity to serve God with their very best.