Rev. William James Wyne, Jr., is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He served as the Pastor of Missionary Union Baptist Church, Columbus, Mississippi from March 1980 to September 1991. He is presently the Pastor of the historical Second Missionary Baptist Church, Battle Creek, Michigan, which was established in 1849. Since assuming the leadership of the church in January 1999, Second’s New Vision and Outreach Ministries has been established (Community Development Corporation). The Outreach Ministries consists of the Reading Incentive Program (an after-school tutorial program – a collaboration with several elementary schools), and A Second Chance, a Transitional House for males or females (a collaboration with The Haven of Rest.) and The NorthSide Senior Meal Activity Program. In the spring 2006, the congregation completed Phase I of the Family Life Center. Phase I includes administrative offices, classrooms, youth room, conference room, and an elevator to make the facility fully handicap accessible.
Pastor Wyne completed his clinical residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Children’s Hospital of Detroit, Michigan, and is Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. He holds theological degrees from Bethany Bible College, Dothan, Alabama (BA in Ministry), Faith Lutheran Evangelical Seminary, Tacoma, Washington (MA in Christian Ministry), and is currently a doctoral candidate at ETS Ecumenical Theological Seminary Detroit. He is an instructor with the Chain Lake District Association and Moderator. Pastor Wyne serves as First Vice-President in the Moderator's Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Inc. He is also a leader of a Ministerial Leadership Group of Pastors in the American Baptist Churches of Michigan. Rev. Wyne is founder and organizer of the MLK Community Ecumenical Service and served as a Trustee of Kalamazoo College. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards that attest to his work. Pastor Wyne’s sermon, “A Faith for Life’s Fires,” was published in The African American Pulpit in the summer 2003 issue.
Rev. Wyne is married to Josie Howard-Wyne. They are the parents of two daughters, Lisa S. Stinson and Genesis L. Player and the proud grandparents to Makyla Grace Player.