North Central College - Naperville, IL

Tallulah Fisher Williams

Class Year: 
1974

Wall of Witness Award Winner 2008

The late Reverend Dr. Tallulah Fisher ’74 Williams is being honored for her leadership in the United Methodist Church. She graduated from North Central College in 1974 and earned a master of divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston. She received a doctor of ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. She accomplished many “firsts” in the Northern Illinois Conference, including the first African-American woman to be a district superintendent and the first African-American female pastor appointed to serve a predominantly white suburban church.

Tallulah was known as an excellent preacher and was elected chair of the national Black Methodists for Church Renewal, giving four national keynote addresses. But she didn’t forget her close connections to North Central, returning to campus as a speaker for a Martin Luther King Jr. prayer breakfast and maintaining contact with alumni and friends. Tallulah was elected as a delegate to the 2000 United Methodist General Conference on the first ballot and was nominated for bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference but passed away June, 20, 1999. Many felt she would have been elected bishop.

Deceased.