Pastor Emeritus William C. Webb
& Sis. Violene C. Webb
Pastor William C. Webb, born in Dallas County, Arkansas, is the eighth of eleven children of William Webb and Mary Galloway Webb. At the age of 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, the youngest of seven children, was born in Emerson, Arkansas, to Izora Cooper and Ammie Cooper. Her mother taught her to be appreciative, and her father taught her to love others. Due to these teachings and her relationship with God, she holds John 13:34 as one of her favorite scriptures, emphasizing the importance of loving one another. She was baptized at an early age and has faithfully served the Lord since.
Pastor Webb enrolled in Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas, after graduating from high school in 1952. During his sophomore year, at the age of twenty, he received his calling to preach the Gospel. In 1956, he graduated from Philander Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Ministry. Sis. Violene Webb is also a graduate of Philander Smith College, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Teaching. She dedicated over 40 years of her life to education, teaching 2nd and 3rd grade at Rita Cannon Elementary School.
During his college years, Pastor Webb met Violene Cooper, who would later become his wife. They were introduced by Violene's sister, Freddie Jean. After graduating from college, Pastor Webb pursued further theological education at Virginia Union University School of Religion Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He was licensed to preach in 1958 and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1959. In the same year, Pastor F. O. Jones ordained him at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor William C. Webb and Violene Cooper were married in 1962 and have two children, Yolanda Rowita Webb and Lafayette Marquette Webb, as well as one granddaughter, Megan.
In 1964, Pastor Webb was called to serve as the Pastor for Second Baptist Church in Reno, Nevada. Initially facing financial challenges, with the church paying him only $35 a week, Sis. Webb supported their young family through her work. The scripture Philippians 4:19, which speaks of God's provision, became a source of strength and one of Pastor Webb's favorite scriptures. Throughout his career, Pastor Webb faithfully served as the Pastor of Second Baptist Church for 42 years, with additional time as an interim pastor and currently as pastor emeritus. He also held leadership positions, serving as the President of the Nevada/California Interstate Missionary Baptist Convention for 22 years and later as Treasurer under Rev. James M. Roger Sr.'s presidency. Pastor Webb received numerous awards, including the Community Service Award from the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society, the Certificate of Commendation and Humanitarian Award from the United States Senate, and the President's Medal for Continuous Commitment to Education from the University of Nevada-Reno. In 2004, the City of Reno honored him by dedicating an intersection in his name, William C. Webb Circle.
Sis. Webb has been actively involved in the church, serving as a teacher for New Members Orientation and a leader for the Deaconess and Minister's Wives Ministry. She has also faithfully played the piano for Sunday School and other church services. In 2003, she received the National Alliance of Black School Educators Award for Teaching.
Together, Pastor and Sis. Webb have received various awards and recognitions, including a Certificate of Commendation from Senator Harry Reid, Congressional Recognition from The Honorable Jim Gibbons, and acknowledgment from the State of Nevada Executive Department under Governor Kenny Guinn.
Their faithful service, dedication, and love have shone a light on their church and community, bringing pride to their family.