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Pastor Emeritus William C. Webb

& Sis. Violene C. Webb

Pastor William C. Webb was born just eight miles northwest of Fordyce, Arkansas in Dallas County to William Webb and Mary Galloway Webb. He is the eighth of eleven children, and five are deceased. At age nine, he accepted Christ and was baptized at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Fordyce, Arkansas. Pastor Webb’s parents named him W. C., although it is unknown what the W.C stood for, it was his 9th grade English teacher who named him William Charles.

Sis. Violene Cooper Webb was born in Emerson, Arkansas to Izora Cooper and Ammie Cooper. She is the youngest of seven children. Sis. Webb says,” it was her mother who taught her to be appreciative but it was her father who taught her to love others.” Because of this teaching and her relationship with God she finds that one of her favorite scriptures is John 13: 34 “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (NKJV). At an early age she was baptized and has served the Lord ever since.

Upon graduating from high school in 1952, Pastor Webb entered Philander Smith College, United Methodist School in Little Rock, Arkansas. During his sophomore year, age twenty, he received his calling to preach the Gospel. In 1956 he graduated from Philander Smith College and received the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Pre-­Ministry.

Sis. Violene Webb is also a graduate of Philander Smith College. She received her Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Teaching and has been and Educator for more than 40 years. She taught 2nd and 3rd grade at Rita Cannon Elementary School.

While attending college Pastor Webb met the love of his life, Violene Cooper. It was Violene’s sister, Freddie Jean who was responsible for the two of them meeting.

Soon after graduating from Philander Smith College, Pastor Webb enrolled in Virginia Union University School of Religion Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Two years later in 1958 he was licensed to preach. The following year (1959) he graduated and received a Master of Divinity Degree. In the same year Pastor F. O. Jones of the Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, Fordyce, Arkansas, ordained him.

Pastor William C. Webb and Violene Cooper were married in 1962. They were blessed with two children; Yolanda Rowita Webb and Lafayette Marquette Webb. They also have one granddaughter Megan.

In 1964, William C. Webb was call to serve as Pastor for the Second Baptist Church, Reno, Nevada. Early in his calling to Second Baptist he was employed at the Community Services Agency (CSA) for about five years. Times were tight as the church was only paying him $35 a week. Sis Webb worked to help support their young family. The scripture Philippians 4:19, “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ” (NKJV) was a source of strength for him and later became one of his favorite scriptures. Pastor Webb says, “his wife’s greatest accomplishment is the support of her husband”.

Pastor Webb has faithfully pastored and led the church for the past forty-two years, served as interim-pastor for two years and four months, and presently as pastor emeritus. In addition to pastoring he served as President of the Nevada/California Interstate Missionary Baptist Convention from 1970-1992, twenty-two years. He later served as Treasurer for eight years under the Presidency of Rev. James M. Roger Sr. Pastor Webb has received many awards including but not limited to; Community Service Award from Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society, Certificate of Commendation, Humanitarian Award from United States Senate, Presidents Medal for Continuous Commitment to Education from University of Nevada-Reno, and on October 25, 2004 the City of Reno honored him by dedicating and naming the intersection at Wedekind Road and Clear Acre Lane as William C. Webb Circle.

Sis. Webb, First Lady of forty-two years, is very active in service to the church. She served as a teacher for the New Members Orientation, Teacher/Leader for the Deaconess and Minister’s Wives Ministry, and a faithful pianist for Sunday School and other church services. Sis. Webb received the National Alliance of Black School Educators Award for Teaching in 2003.

Together this dynamic couple have received the following awards; United States Senate Certificate of Commendation from Senator Harry Reid, Congressional Recognition from The Honorable Jim Gibbons, and State of Nevada Executive Department from Governor Kenny Guinn.

Pastor and Sis. Webb’s faithful service, dedication, and love will always be a light to the church and community, and a source of pride to their family.

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