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
It was in the year of 1914 when Mr. Lawson accepted the Word of God and was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. A supernatural event took place in his life, namely, the miraculous healing of his body from tuberculosis. His healing was stamped indelibly upon him and played a major part in the shaping of his inspired faith healing ministry. By his own testimony, we learned that Bishop Lawson was divinely called by the Lord through a whirlwind, hearing the voice of God saying: “Go Preach My Word! I mean you! I mean you! I mean you! Go Preach My Word.” Starting a small work in St. Louis, Missouri, and a later endeavor in San Antonio, Texas, preaching everywhere the Apostolic doctrine, he was led to the Mid-West where he pastored a church in Columbus, Ohio. It was there that he married the late Miss Carrie Fields of Leavenworth, Kansas. The couple was subsequently blessed with four sons.