William L. Hawkins

William L. Hawkins is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in New Bern, North Carolina.

When Reinhold Niebuhr wrote glowingly in his diary about small churches in rural communities he admitted that some are “small and mean.” He had in mind the church I was serving. Although it has been nearly 20 years, my memories are as vivid as if it were yesterday. For three years I went to bed every night with knots in my stomach.
August 14, 2002