Mitch Williams to speak at annual Chamber of Commerce banquet

Published 6:03 am Wednesday, May 8, 2024

The annual Jefferson Davis County Chamber of Commerce banquet will be held May 14 beginning at 5: 30 p.m. The event will be held at the Rosenwald Building on the Prentiss Institute campus on J. E. Johnson Road.

Guest speaker for the banquet is Mitchell Williams.

Williams is currently serving as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Multi-Area Director for Southeast Mississippi.  He is also the chaplain for the Southern Miss football team.

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Prior to being hired with FCA, Williams worked at WDAM-TV for 27 years, serving as sports director for 20 of those years.

While at WDAM, he provided coverage for over 15,000 sporting events. He was called to FCA in 2011, 14 months after leading the funeral for former NFL MVP Steve McNair on July 11, 2009.

With just one staff member at the time of his calling to FCA, the Southeast Mississippi Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes now has a team of 29 full-time, part-time and volunteer staff serving over 120 middle and high schools, six community colleges and two universities from Meridian to the Gulf Coast.

A licensed and ordained minister, he attended North Forrest and Southern Miss, where he lettered every year in cross country, indoor and outdoor track.

He was enshrined in the USM M-Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.

“We look much forward to meeting, seeing and celebrating with a number of our friends and neighbors in Jeff Davis County, in what is one of our favorite places in the Pine Belt area,” said Williams.

Mitchell and his wife Shelia are the parents of four boys, grandparents and are members of Grace Temple Church.

STAR Students and Teachers from each school will be presented at the banquet, along with Citizen, Volunteer and Non-Profit of the Year honors. 

Awards will also be presented for leadership, small business, large business, entrepreneur, community pride, ambassador and lifetime achievement. 

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under nine years of age. To purchase tickets, contact any chamber member or Prentiss City Hall at 601-792-5196.