Passion. Vision. Faith: Trey Williams
What's up everyone! I hope your Wednesday is off to a great start. I know so many of us are looking forward to the weekend, but let's finish strong and push through. Last Friday, I posted a blog about humility and I hope it encouraged you! If you haven't read it yet, click here to be directed to it. An extra bonus for today, it's my birthday!!! So you get a chance to send me any e-gift cards to my e-mail!...No?...I had to try. Enough about me, let's get into the purpose of this post!
As I mentioned in previous posts, I just recently started a blog series that will highlight and give exposure to people who are making a great impact in their communities using their God-given talents and gifts; more importantly, they are following their God-given passions, visions, and faith to bring change within their communities and point people to Christ. This week I am highlighting a dear friend of mine, someone who is becoming a leader of spiritual and mental enrichment initiatives within the city of Richmond.
Trey Williams, a fellow graduate of Old Dominion University (Best university in Virginia, arguably the country), is an engineer by day and life changer...all day. He's from the city of Richmond and has spent majority of his life in the East End. He's currently attending Liberty University pursuing his M.A. in Pastoral Counseling with a concentration in Life Coaching. This brother is an amazing testimony to show that through true, wholehearted dedication of your life to Christ, there are no limitations to what you can accomplish. He humbled himself to Someone greater than he and was exalted to greater heights and new challenges to grow and become who he was called to be. I interviewed Trey a couple weeks back and here is the conversation so you can get to know more about him:
Q: Let's start here, what is your purpose?
A: My purpose is to...Equip, encourage, and empower people with the truth and love of Jesus Christ. Hmm...that's my main goal in my life, honestly, to sum it up.
Q: So, what visions has God given you to walk in that purpose?
A: Well, God has purposed me to basically be a leader throughout the city and local communities. So, I started Radical Leaders in Christ when I was at ODU at [the age of] 22. That has been going well for about three years now. Also, I started a life coaching business called Real Life Coach LC ; and I'm in school for Life Coaching/Counseling. What else have I done...I also started a t-shirt printing company called Kingdom Royal Tees. I'm just trying to put God's work out here, for real, and representing Him in everything I do giving Him the glory through it all. It's just to love people!
Q: When did you first realize you had this calling on your life to equip, enrich, or inspire other people especially in the local communities?
A: I knew that I was called to do this, I say at about the age of 22. I felt a real calling on my life. I felt God was leading me to do bigger and better things to really encourage and inspire people to live for Him and also to be an entrepreneur and follow His purpose for your life. So I just wanted to inspire people to do that.
Q: If there was one thing you would tell a high school student that's struggling with figuring out what he/she wants to do with their life and they feel that there's not much to do, what would you tell them?
A: I would tell them that they'll have to do an internal search. They'll have to first find God; I feel like faith is the building block for everything. I do believe in Jesus Christ and I believe there are 4 things you have to figure out: Your gifts, experiences, personality, and passions. Those are 4 things that will help you narrow down and find your purpose. You just have to evaluate yourself, honestly...internal reflection.
Q: Who are three influential people in your life and what's one quality that you want to emulate from them?
A: That's a good question. First person would be Pastor Kirk Houston; I admire his integrity more than anything. That's a quality that stood out about him. Vernon Gordon for his communication skills. One more person would have to be my papa, Charles C. Haywood, for his heart.
I enjoyed photographing Trey and learning more about his passion to inspire and encourage his community to walk in their God-given callings. My prayer is that God will raise up more and more individuals to find a greater purpose for their lives through Trey and his endeavors! Keep it up, brother!
If you would like to connect with/ contact Trey, see below for his website and social media information.
Youtube Channel: truthrealmovement
Facebook and LinkedIn: Trey Austin Williams
Instagram and Snapchat: Tawilliams_1