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Joe Williams – Ostomy 2-1-1 Advisory Board Member

We were extremely blessed to have Joe on our Advisory Board.  Joe passed away 12/24, 2016

Chaplain Joe B. Williams (retired) had been jointly employed by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and the North American Mission Board. Joe’s assignment was Chaplaincy Ministries Specialist, and his duties included an enormous variety of services.

Joe served as chaplain to the Oklahoma Division of the FBI from 1991 till his retirement in July 31, 2012 after 21years, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office 1987 to 1991 and Nicoma Park Police Department 1982 to1987 for a total thirty years in Law Enforcement Chaplaincy.

In the aftermath of the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, Joe assisted in the coordination of 250 chaplains at the bombsite. He spent 19 days at the bombsite that included three days in the basement of the Federal Building, known after the bombing as “the pit.” In addition to assisting in the coordination of chaplains’ activities, he made regular visits to the command center that housed federal agencies, and was involved in the defusing of recovery personnel and debriefing sessions for FBI agents.  As FBI chaplain, Joe had interaction with bombing victims’ families, survivors, United States Attorneys and FBI agents who were involved in the trial proceedings.

Joe has received over 600 hours of specialized training in critical incident intervention including the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He has led in-service training in the areas of crisis intervention for law enforcement agencies, hospitals and the military throughout the United States.  His certifications include Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Field Traumatologist as well as others.

Joe was the first and only chaplain to receive the FBI Director’s award for Exceptional Public Service, the highest civilian award given; he received the John A. Price Excellency in Chaplaincy Award from the International Conference of Police Chaplains; and was awarded with Distinguished Alumni Achievement by Oklahoma Baptist University.

Joe was deployed by the FBI to New York City after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  His duties included working with Emergency Responders, Disaster Relief Funding Task-force, victim families, survivors and the Mental Health Association of New York City.

Joe and his wife Linda, a Grief Recovery Specialist served on contract to the North American Mission Board in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita from September 27, 2005 to November 8, 2007 working with pastors, church staff and their spouses as well as church congregations, individuals and first responders including police, fire and medical personnel in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In 2008 Joe and his wife, Linda conducted conferences at seminaries, medical facilities and for military personnel returning from combat. In July of 2008 Joe and Linda conducted conferences in Switzerland and Hawaii for military and spouses in a retreat setting. All of these chaplains had deployed to Iraq. The theme of these conferences was the same as the seminary conferences, “Compassion Fatigue.

In the aftermath of the May 2013 Oklahoma tornados, Joe developed materials to assist churches in providing ministry to victims of the storms at no cost to the churches.

We are thankful to Joe for his willingness to work with us.

Joe