REV. WILLIE F. WILSON
Reverend Willie F. Wilson has been a resident of the District of Columbia since 1969 and is
a resident of Ward 7. Reverend Wilson is married to Reverend Mary Lewis Wilson. They are
the proud parents of four children, three of whom graduated from District of Columbia Public
Schools and one who is now matriculating. Reverend Wilson received his Bachelor's Degree in
Journalism from Ohio University. He graduated from the Howard University School of Divinity
with a Masters Degree and started his work toward a doctorate degree there.
Reverend Willie F. Wilson has been the Pastor of
Union Temple Baptist Church, a congregation of more than 7,000 members in the Anacostia
community of Washington for more than 29 years. Union Temple Baptist Church operates a
home for teenagers, a welfare to work program, a rehabilitation program for substance abusers, a
feeding program for the homeless, and a comprehensive treatment program for persons
living with AIDS. The Union Temple Baptist Church rites of passage program for youth has
been nationally recognized and adopted by many organizations as a model for youth
In 1986, Pastor Wilson was recognized by USA Today newspaper as one of the ten most
valuable people in America. In 1997 Reverend Wilson and Union Temple Baptist Church
received the Presidential Service Award from President Bill Clinton for community service.
Reverend Wilson is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of
A persistent and strong advocate for human rights, Reverend Wilson has counseled
Washington leadership for many years and served and consulted with former South African
President Nelson Mandela and the current President 0f Ghana, John Kafour.
Reverend Wilson has dedicated his life to a creative, innovative ministry to uplift humanity. He
has a deep, abiding love for all people. A passionate voice for truth, justice, and equality for all
of the citizens of the District of Columbia, Reverend Willie F. Wilson is a strong and
compassionate leader dedicated to improving the quality of life for all of our citizens.