Lefty Williams is leaving town.
“It’s heartbreaking to do this,” the popular youth minister at Jericho Road Church said last week.
The Unity Basketball game was Williams’ final event in Port Alberni; he and his family will leave on Saturday for Los Angeles, where Williams will devote his time to his Dare2Dream foundation.
Williams came to Port Alberni three years ago intending for it to be a permanent move.
But an opportunity came up, and he is taking it, he said.
Los Angeles “is just the right place,” Williams said. “When you talk about resurfacing from a national standpoint, Charlotte (where he lived previously) is a big place but LA just made sense.”
He won’t be leaving without a sense of melancholy, though.
“When my wife and I came here we thought we were coming to build a youth ministry,” Williams said. “The youth ministry has instead grown us.”
Williams won’t be completely severing ties with the community, he says.
“This is my church family. When my church needs me, I will make myself available,” he said.
His work with Mission: Possible, encompassing the ADSS Breakfast Program, EJ Dunn Backpack Program, Community School Program and Read and Feed Program, will continue.