A native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Dr. Ed Williamson knew he was called to ministry when he was only a teenager. He followed that vision to Teen Challenge, a ministry to drug addicts in New York City, where he met Loretta. She became his wife and loving partner in ministry for forty-two years.
An accomplished teacher, Loretta earned a BS in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Special Education from Fitchburg State University (Massachusetts) and an MA in Early Education from West Virginia University. Ed earned his BA from Asbury University, his MRE from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary, and his DMin from Boston University School of Theology.
Together Ed and Loretta planted Covenant Evangelical Methodist Church in Morgantown, WV, serving there for fourteen years. As forerunners of expanding daycare facilities into early childhood education schools on Fox Street, Bronx, NY, they also founded Covenant Christian School. Beginning as a preschool, under the leadership of Loretta CCS became a thriving, fully functioning K-8 Christian school which continues to influence generations for Christ. Through the ministry of their church new church plants in North Central, West Virginia was planted.
Ed now lives in Indianapolis, IN, along with his wife Gilda, and continues to serve as International General Superintendent/Bishop of the Evangelical Methodist Church at the International Headquarters.