Rev. Dr. Chandra Williams

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Dr. Chandra I. Williams is the 4th and first female Pastor of the United Missionary Baptist Church located in the heart of Brewerytown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Chandra was officially installed as Pastor to her home church in October 2012 where she succeeded her father who Pastored the very same church for 54 years. In 2015, Dr. Chandra implemented the “P5 Community Initative” at United where they partner with School Prinicpals, Police, Politicians, Pastors and Parents in Brewerytown to make the community in which the church sits a better place for all it’s residents.

Dr. Chandra is truly a trailblazer for “Women in Ministry.” In October of 2013 she was installed as the 1s t female VP of the Eastern Region of the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention and in 2017 mounted a viable campaign to become the 1st female president of the Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention. In, November of 2013, Dr. Williams became the first female Vice Moderator for the Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association. Dr. Williams is currently the first female Vice President of the New England Missionary Baptist Convention which encompasses Baptist Churches from Massachusetts to Virginia. In 2018, Dr. Chandra founded the “Lady Lanterns” a network for Female Pastors in the City of Philadelphia and vicinity. This group of over 20 Pastors meet quarterly to share in Fellowship, Mission and Scholarship. She also gathers female clergy under 40 to share in “Food, Fun and Fellowship.” In 2020, Dr. Chandra founded “So you think you can preach?” organization in which she has led over 20 webinars and preaching labs to support women in ministry.

Outside of her religious affiliations, Dr. Chandra sits on the Executive Board, Cradle of Liberty Council Boy Scouts of America and is a Council Member, Parent and Community Advisory Council-School District of Philadelphia. Dr. Williams is a graduate of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University where she received her Masters of Divinity. In May, 2019 she earned her Doctorate of Ministry in Transformational Preaching. She is the proud parent of Bernard “Tre” Lambert, III, who is the drummer for several world renowned gospel and secular artist.


MDIV, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology @ Virginia Union University
DMIN, New Brunswick Theological Seminary