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Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church! Our church strives to be an inclusive community that fosters spiritual growth, outreach, and love for all people through Christ Jesus, in Opelika and in the world. This is a place where we come together to worship, learn, and support one another. We welcome you to explore our website and join us in our mission to spread God's love and make a positive impact in our community and beyond.

Our Priest in Charge

Rev. Dr. Larry Williams

Priest in Charge

The Rev. Dr. Larry C. Williams is a native of California. In 1959 his family moved to Albany, GA. He graduated from Albany High School in 1968, entered The University of the South, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Economics in 1972. He entered Nashotah House Seminary in 1972. In his senior year, he was ordained a deacon on January 25, 1975. He graduated with a M.Div. degree and was ordained a priest in The Episcopal Church, October 26, 1975. In 1995, he was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelism and Church Growth from Perkins School of Theology, S.M.U., Dallas, TX. In May 2024, he received a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) from the School of Theology, Sewanee, TN. Since 1975, he has held the following positions: Assistant Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Augusta, GA (1975-1978); Curate, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Mobile, AL (1978-1981); Rector, St. Thomas Church, Greenville, AL (1981-1984); Rector, Church of the Mediator, Meridian, MS (1984-1990); Canon Educator, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Shreveport, LA (1990-1998); Rector, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Hot Springs, AR (1998-2005); Rector, St. Teresa’s Church, Acworth, GA (2006-2014); Vicar, Christ Church, Cordele, GA (2014-2017); and St. Stephen’s Church, Smiths Station, AL (2018-2024). He was appointed Priest-in-charge of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Opelika, January 1, 2024. Larry has chaired different commissions in the Dioceses of Mississippi, Western Louisiana, and Arkansas. In Mississippi he was diocesan spiritual director for Cursillo. While in Arkansas he served on the Board of Directors, Camp Mitchell Camp & Conference Center; Executive Committee of the Diocese, and Trustee of the Diocese. He has also served as a delegate to Synod in Provinces IV and VII. In the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Larry served on the Congregational Growth & Development Committee; the Board of Directors, Cathedral Book Store; Diocesan Commission on Human Trafficking (2011-2014); and Executive Board of the Diocese (2012-2014). In the Diocese of Georgia, he served on Diocesan Council (2014-2017). In Alabama serves on the Committee for Congregational Vitality. Married for 41 years, Larry and Deborah Williams are parents of three adult children: Mary Canon, a middle-school Spanish teacher in Auburn, Alabama; Cecilia, who is married to Seth, is an Occupational Therapist in Statesboro, GA, and they have two sons, Price and Tate; and Chris and his fiance’, Caitlyn, both of whom work in Washington, D.C. His favorite quote is from the late Roman Catholic, Hindu, Jesuit priest, Raimon Pannikar who once said, “I pray that one day my cottage (faith) might become a household to all humankind.”

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