Rev. DeVere Williams is a retired United Methodist pastor. He previously worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for about 20 years, and in human services for seven years, first in alcohol and drug abuse treatment, and later with people with disabilities and special needs.
He is a graduate of Regent’s College of the University of the State of New York and of the Course of Study for Ordained Ministry at Duke Divinity School. DeVere is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served in France during the Cold War.
DeVere is married to Cynthia, and they have three daughters and five grandchildren. Cynthia is the director of a cancer program at a regional hospital, and has received many awards and honors in her 42 years as a registered nurse.
DeVere is a recovering alcoholic who has been sober for 28 years. He got drunk almost everyday for 25 years, and he says that he is alive and sober today only “through the grace of God, one day at a time.”
He is an avid motorcyclist and likes to take off with no fixed destination and “go where the wind blows me.” Sometimes the adventure takes him on a day ride, other times halfway across America.
He is a voracious reader who declares that the Bible is his favorite book. “Although I have read and studied it for decades,” he says, “it often speaks truth to me in new and revealing ways. If I could have only one book, it would be the Holy Bible.”
DeVere’s intimate and graphic story of hitting bottom and recovery from addiction – his journey from “the pit to the pulpit” – is told in his memoir Hope for Misfits: A Prodigal Rides the Cycles of Addiction. He expects it to be published soon.
DeVere continues to preach occasionally at revivals and church homecomings and officiate at funerals and weddings.
He is working on a second book, which focuses on God’s continuing intevention in human affairs. He says that “God’s love and care for his children is not confined to Biblical times, and my next book, Immanuel Everyday, will reveal specifics about a few cases of God’s never ending work in our daily lives.”