Dr. William Shaw
Dr. William J. Shaw is a pastor, visionary, leader, and scholar. Born in Marshall, Texas, he began serving the Lord at a young age. He was baptized at age seven; preached his first sermon at the extraordinary age of 11; was licensed to preach at age 12; served as supply pastor to his home church, New Bethel Baptist, at age 15; and was ordained as pastor of the Oak Hill Baptist Church in Harrison County, Texas at age 17.
He was a high school valedictorian and is an alumnus of Bishop College, Union Theological Seminary, and Colgate Rochester Divinity School at Crozer Theological Seminary where he earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree with emphasis on Biblical Interpretation from the Black Perspective. Pastor Shaw came to White Rock as a 21-year-old seminary student in 1954. He joined the congregation and assisted the pastor, Reverend W.C. Williamson. When Reverend Williamson's health failed, Pastor Shaw became Acting Pastor. After Reverend Williamson's death in 1956, Pastor Shaw accepted the call to become White Rock's pastor.
Pastor Shaw has been our shepherd for over 45 years. His unshakeable faith, his unwavering integrity, his deep desire to do God’s will, and his desire to lead others to follow Christ have been evident throughout his ministry. His life-changing sermons deepen our faith, increase our understanding of God, and provide spiritual guidance for our daily living. Each day Pastor Shaw demonstrates the meaning of a line in our church theme: to "give unto the Lord nothing less than my best."
Pastor Shaw is the former President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., one of the largest African American religious organizations in the country.
Widely regarded throughout his life as an influential leader, Pastor Shaw currently serves on the Boards of The University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, the Presbyterian Hospital Medical Center, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley, Inc., and the United Way.
Past service has also included President of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Philadelphia and Vicinity, President of the Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia, President of the Pennsylvania State Baptist Convention, Director of The Ministers Division of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, and Executive Director Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC). Pastor Shaw and his wife Camellia Lottie Shaw have been married for 47 years and have a son and two granddaughters.