Charlene Shawver Williams
Graduate of Glassboro High School, Glassboro, New Jersey
B.S. James Madison University, Library Science
Graduate Studies at East Tennessee State University
Media Specialist, Cambridge Academy, Greenwood, South Carolina
Director of Discipleship, Abney Memorial Baptist Church
Certified Precept Upon Precept Leader for Precept Ministries
19th Century Historical Interpreter, Doak House Museum, Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tennessee
Charlene was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Her father was a professor at Madison College (now James Madison University). The family moved to New Jersey when she was in 3rd grade, and her father accepted a position at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). She was a state champion for the Voice of Democracy Speech competition for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, competing at the national level.
Charlene returned to James Madison University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Library Science. Charlene is a voracious reader–a lover of historical fiction and children’s literature. She covets the joys of being wife and helpmate to Pastor Ted. Additionally she is an avid researcher and thoroughly enjoys digging into the Word of God. This led to becoming a certified Precept on Precept Bible teacher. Charlene has founded Precept Bible studies in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, and now here in Virginia. She also worked as a historical interpreter at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, where she taught children in early 19th century historical studies.
Her interests include historical studies and gardening (flowers and shrubs not vegetables). She loves visiting colonial homes and museums.
Ted and Charlene’s daughter, Meg Stephenson, is a graduate of Samford University with a Bachelor of Music in Church Music, and The University of South Carolina with a Masters Degree in Music Education. She was principle violist in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra in Georgia and a violist in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Tennessee Honors Orchestra. Meg also played in the orchestra for the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Meg is now a stay at home mom with their son Xander and twin sons, Wesley and Reese.
Her husband, David Stephenson, holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Georgia, a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of South Carolina. David was a saxophonist in the Red Coat marching band at the University of Georgia and has been the Music Minister at First Baptist Church in Batesburg, South Carolina and South Lexington Baptist Church in Lexington, South Carolina. He was also the music director for the Chesapeake Chorale while living in Middlesex County, Virginia. He is presently the choral director at Lexington High School in Lexington, South Carolina and an active father with their three young children. He is also now serving as interim Music Minister at the Lexington Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC.