Lead Pastor

In September 2012, Rev. Jay Williams became the lead pastor of Union, a historic and progressive United Methodist faith community in Boston’s South End. Union is an urban, multiethnic, lgbt-affirming church that has been a Christian witness of love and justice for over 200 years. He now provides pastoral leadership to the same congregation that nurtured him as a member during his college days a decade ago.

An ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Pastor Jay has served as the pastor of Glendale UMC in Everett, Massachusetts (July 2009 – September 2012) and assistant minister of Metropolitan Community UMC in Harlem, New York (June 2007 – June 2009). Moreover, he has served widely as a board member of denominational, ecumenical, and community agencies. The call to service inspires Jay’s life work “to seek peace, justice, and freedom for all people”, as vowed in ordination.