Episode 011

Elmo Winters, Host

Checkerz Williams, Guest

Episode 11:  Spotlighting the Bridge Builder – Checkerz Williams

Join us on this episode to hear about the work of Bridge Builder Pastor Checkerz Williams.  He is the founding pastor of Renew Church of Baton Rouge, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational missions-minded congregation that is making a difference!

Bio Highlights of Checkerz


  • Married 24 years  to his wife Nicole
  • Father of 3 adult children –
  • Left Corporate America – Bank Manager position after 16 years to pursue his calling to plant a multi-ethnic, multi-generational church that would look like heaven.
  • Celebration Church in Laplace, LA – a church plant -Lead a congregation to transition from being 95% Caucasian, to a church that looked like the community with 14 different nationalities attending, as they baptized 247 people and grew from approximately 100 people to almost 400 people in weekly attendance over a 6 year period.
  • 2017 ventured out to start another church plant – Renew Church in Baton Rouge, LA
  • Launched Renew Church on March 4th, 2018 with 25 people and quickly grew to more than 100 in the first 18 months while baptizing 13 people.
  • Checkers has been involved in multi-ethnic ministry and racial reconciliation work for 28 years since becoming a Christian at age 19. His passion to see God’s “Kingdom come” and “will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” has driven him to lead a church that embodies the Greatest Commandments to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and soul” and “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and the Great Commission to “Go and make disciples of ALL nations.” For his work across racial lines in the Greater Baton Rouge area, Checkerz recently received the “Oaks of Righteousness” Award.
  • Follow Renew Church:  Website: renewchurchonline.org
  • Facebook and Instagram: @renewchurchbr

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Acknowledgments and Credits

The “Building the Bridge” Podcast is a production of The KINGDOM Group International, Inc., all rights reserved. KINGDOMGroup.co
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Elmo Winters

Meet the Host

Host, Elmo Winters is the Elmo Winters is the Founder/Executive Director of the KINGDOM Group International, Inc., an organization dedicated to racial healing, unity, and reconciliation utilizing the life-changing Gospel of Christ. The KINGDOM Group hosts events to bring diverse groups together for dialogue and relationship building.  Reverend Winters has been in ministry for over 42 years as a Church Planter, Pastor, Bible Institute Instructor, and Hospice Chaplain.  Additionally, he has served as a short-term missionary to Kenya, Mexico, and Russia, where he trained pastors and ministry leaders.  Working with EndPoint Ministries of Nairobi, Reverend Winters continues to assist with church/school planting in the southeastern region of Kenya.  Having earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), he provides business consulting to non-profit organizations, ministries, and small businesses. Winters serves on the boards of Gulf South Men of Louisiana, the National Coalition of Ministries to Men (NCMM), the Louisiana Lagniappe Country Walk to Emmaus (LCWE), and the Mercy Education Foundation of Liberia, Africa.

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