Rev. William T. Young IV

Pastor William T. Young IVRev. William Young IV was born on February 6, 1978 in Louisville Kentucky to the late Rev. William Thomas Young, III and the late Willie Mae Mitchell-Young. He grew up in Cincinnati Ohio, where he graduated from the prestigious School for Creative and Performing Arts in 1996. William heard and accepted the call to preach the Gospel at the early age of 9 and was licensed to preach on December 27, 1987 at the New Friendship Baptist Church under Rev. Dr. H.L. Harvey, Jr. Over the years, he was able to develop his skills preaching in children’s church and being mentored by denominational and civil rights leaders such as Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Rev. James Wesley Jones and Rev. Dr. Robert Smith, Jr.

William went on to attend the American Baptist College in Nashville Tennessee, receiving the Bachelor of Arts in Theology in 2000. He continued his education at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, graduating with the Master of Divinity in 2003. While in Nashville he was an associate minister at the Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church, where he was also ordained, and served under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. James “Tex” Thomas. In 2003 William gave the keynote address at the Nashville citywide Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemorative service at Tennessee State University.

Desiring further study, William moved to the United Kingdom in 2004. He received the M.A. in Global Political Economy from Birmingham University in England, the Master of Theology from Edinburgh University and the Master of Philosophy from Glasgow University in Scotland. From 2006-2007 he was an assistant minister at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh—the historic “mither kirk” of the Scottish Reformation—and served under the Chaplain to the Queen. William organized the first Martin Luther King Day service and the first jazz vespers service in the cathedral. In 2013 he was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacraments in the United Reformed Church (URC).

He has been senior Minister of 2 congregations since 2013: Morison Memorial URC in Clydebank, Scotland and Drumchapel Essenside URC in Glasgow. The two congregations have seen great spiritual growth despite a climate of church numerical decline throughout the UK and Europe and have become recognized for their outreach to the community. He serves as chaplain to the pupils, faculty and staff of Clydebank High School and is a founding member of Thriving Places Drumchapel, a project aimed at revitalizing one of the most economically vulnerable communities in the city of Glasgow. He was also overseer of Friendship House Drumchapel, a church global cafe and support service for Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

Ecumenically, Rev. Young has been active with the World Council of Churches and the Council for World Mission. In 2014 he joined the Scottish Churches Anti Human Trafficking Group, and from 2018-2020 he served as convenor of Scotland’s coalition of church representatives and advocacy groups working together to combat Modern Slavery and exploitation. He was also a member of the Strategic Oversight Committee on Human Trafficking policy in Scottish Parliament. As an activist he regularly speaks to churches and social justice organizations throughout Scotland on slavery and racism and was a member of the Church and Society Committee of the URC National Synod of Scotland. In July 2018 he gave the closing address at the mass demonstration against President Donald J. Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom, at historic George Square in Glasgow city centre. In September 2019 he joined a United Reformed Church delegation to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He organized the City of Glasgow’s Racial Justice Sunday service in February 2020. He is also a founding member/ steering committee of the Global Black Caucus of Democrats Abroad. He is a member of many organizations including the American Academy of Religion, Society for the Study of Theology and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Classically trained as a tenor, William has been a member of the world-renowned Edinburgh Festival Chorus since 2006, performing every year at the Edinburgh International Festival in August and throughout the year with the world’s great orchestras. He is also a jazz and blues singer with regular residencies at venues in Edinburgh and Glasgow for many years. He has appeared at the Glasgow and Toronto Jazz festivals.

Pastor Young is excited to return to the United States and the call to serve the Christ-shaped community at Covenant. He seeks to build on the phenomenal vibrant, creative, inclusive legacy with a vision of radical and redemptive ministry that reaches from within us, to the neighborhood and to the planet.

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