About JL, Patt & Friends Ministry

Our Purpose Statement:

I am primarily an evangelist and teacher who travels around the world in apostolic ministry as God leads and enables me.  In addition to preaching and teaching the Bible, I mentor our key partners to be more strategic and impactful for the Gospel in their countries and cultures, just as they continue to mentor me.  I am relationally focused rather than program or project focused in ministry relationships and partnerships.  I am also an author committed to writing practical books to enhance spiritual transformation and formation in all areas of life and leadership, especially targeting the expressed needs of our national partners. 

My wife, Patt, is also a teacher, mentor and author with an emphasis on women in America and around the world.  But at this season of her life, she has a special focus on our 4 children, their spouses and our 12 grandchildren.

Our Mission Statement:

JLPF is a Christian ministry dedicated to evangelism and edification through the love of Jesus Christ.  Our mission statement is: "Leadership Through Partnership."  For 4 decades we have partnered with strategic national leaders with whom God has sovereignly networked us.  Our purpose is to do all we can to "encourage, equip andempower" them to be as influential, catalytic and effective as possible as they lead their indigenous churches and ministries.  Our special passion is to help reach the unreached, under-reached and out-of-reach people groups of the world, especially in the Two-Thirds World, where there is the highest density of spiritual and physical poverty.  We also have a strong commitment to validate and encourage bivocational tent-making ministries among these partners.

Dr. J. L. Williams

About Dr. J.L. Williams:

Dr. J.L. Williams was born in Greensboro, NC, graduated from Asbury College with a pre-med major, from Duke Divinity School with a Master’s of Divinity degree in comparative world religions and from Luther Rice Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree in contemporary counter-Christian cults. Dr. Williams is the founder and former CEO of New Directions International (NDI), a non-profit 501(c)(3) Christian organization that began in 1968 in Burlington, NC. He served there until his retirement from NDI at the end of 2009.

In the fall of 2009 Dr. Williams accepted a position with Carolina Evangelical Divinity School as the Professor-at-Large for Missions and the Director of the School of Global Missions.

Since Dr. Williams retired from NDI, his national and international ministry as continued to be a full, fruitful and fulfilling as ever. He and Patt have started a new 501 (c)(3) organization: JL, Patt & Friends, Inc.. It was fully approved by the IRS in November, 2010. This will be their ministry umbrella until the Lord calls them home. In addition to his regular on-going ministry of preaching, teaching, writing and mentoring, he serves on the Board for several partner Christian organizations.

  • Impact of Hope International, headed by his Indian friend and partner, Murli Menon
  • Leadership International, headed by his former NDI associate, Larry Warren
  • Chapin Living Waters, headed by Dick Chapin, who is the "father of drip irrigation" in the world

In addition, Dr. Williams has been an advisor, networker and promoter of Double Harvest, the agricultural ministry founded by Aart VanWingerden. As a close friend of the founder, JL helped develop and network Double Harvest in countries like Haiti, India, Nepal, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Sudan and Abaco, Bahamas. He continues to work closely with the 16 VanWingerden sons and daughters and their many grandchildren, who continue the work of Double Harvest around the world.

Dr. Williams and his wife Patt live in Burlington, NC, have four married children and 12 grandchildren.