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, and empower" 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 has continued to be as full, fruitful and fulfilling as ever. He and Patt have started a new 501(c)(3) organization: JL, Patt & Friends, Inc., that 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 Leadership International. This ministry is lead by his former NDI associate, Rev. Larry Warren.

J. L. has also worked closely with Double Harvest, the agricultural ministry founded by Aart VanWingerden. They have partnered together in the countries of Haiti, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan and the Bahamas. He continues to work closely with some of Aart's sons and grandchildren who carry forward the work of Double Harvest around the world.

On December 28, 2016 J. L. went home to be with the Lord.  He is survived by wife Patt and four married children and 12 grandchildren.  We are thankful for a life well lived in service to our Lord and to others.  J. L. was an example to us all.  We will see him again.