In Loving Memory:
Clarence Williams (1947 -2020)
Clarence Williams passed away in September of 2020. He had served here at The Bridge as a leader and Special Education Consultant for the last few years. Clarence taught & served in Grayslake & Antioch High Schools for a total of 36 years in special education & administration. During that time, twice at both schools, Clarence was nominated by the students to be the commencement speaker for their graduation ceremonies (and he has also supervised over 30 proms). He was born in Alpine, Alabama, grew up in Rockford, IL, and graduated from Rockford Auburn High School in 1966. He earned a bachelor's degree in special education in 1970, a master's degree in education administration in 1975 from Illinois State University (ISU), & he completed all course work for a doctoral degree at Loyola University. Clarence is also certified in nonviolent crisis intervention with with CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute), and has spent time volunteering, teaching & preaching in jails, prisons & youth detention centers. Clarence & his wife Gail were married in 1975, and were blessed with four children, including Calvin who has gone home to be with the Lord, and also eight grandchildren. Clarence was a faithful member of Lake Region Bible Church and served as an Elder in the church since 1978 and also loved fishing, gardening & traveling.
See his obituary at Clarence W. Williams.
Executive Director: Pastor Marcus Johnson
(847) 886-9155 ● firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcus & his wife Gwen have lived in Round Lake Beach since 2002, and greatly enjoy the diversity of Round Lake and raising their kids in our community. Marcus is a graduate of Prophetstown High School (IL), Wheaton College and Wheaton Graduate School (IL). During high school, he was a member of the Student Council (elected president his senior year), the National Honor Society, the football team (elected co-captain his senior year), and a student leader in his town's community youth group. He coached AYSO soccer for young kids here in Round Lake for one year, and has helped coordinate a soccer camp for kids each summer since 2012. He has actively worked with middle school, high school, & college age students since 1996. Marcus is a full-time pastor & serves as our Executive Director, overseeing the leadership, administration, fund-raising and networking for The Bridge. He is also the Executive Officer for the *Round Lake Area Scouts who, like The Bridge, are also sponsored by Lake Region Bible Church (*Pack 99, Troop 275, Troop 2019 & Crew 1170). Marcus is honored to serve with the youth, young adults and families who are part of the Scouts & The Bridge, as we work together on behalf of youth & families in the Round Lake Community.