William Young, D.Min.
Dr. William Young has over 33 years in ministry and over 30 years in counseling. He is a licensed Professional Counselor and serves as Bishop of Greater Fellowship Faith Tabernacle in Bolivar, Tennessee and The Healing Center Full Gospel Baptist Church, Divisions of Greater Fellowship Ministries, Inc. Dr. Young is a Veteran, having served his country during the Vietnam War era. He was the first African American Staff Chaplain to serve at Methodist Health Systems in Memphis from June 1981 to July 1994. Before accepting that assignment he served as Staff Chaplain at Western State Mental Institute in Bolivar, Tennessee. Young is a Clinical Member of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He is licensed by the State of Tennessee in three areas: Marriage and Family Therapist; Professional Counselor; and as a Clinical Pastoral Therapist. He is a graduate of Lemoyne-Owen College. He earned his M. Div. in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Memphis Theological Seminary and did doctoral work on his D. Min at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary completing the doctorate of Ministry at Carolina Theological Seminary. He is a charter member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. The 30 years of experience in the field of counseling has allowed Dr. Young to be a pioneer in the field among African American Clinicians. He specializes in marriage and family, grief, stress and burnout. He and his wife Dianne have faithfully co-hosted a Christian Talk Show, ON THE ROAD TO HEALING each Sunday morning on Memphis' 1340 WLOK AM since 1994. The talk show is one of the Mid-South's most popular call-in broadcasts. It is also the only African-American Christian Talk Show in the Mid-South Area. The Young's also co-hosted "Memphis On The Air, Night Talk," a two-hour, nightly public affairs, call-in show heard by thousands around the world via radio and the internet, Monday through Friday (9PM - 11PM). The final hour was utilized accepting prayer requests from individuals and families.
He and his wife hosted the first National Suicide and the Black Church Conference at The Healing Center in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2003. These Conferences continue to grow biennially, sharpening the awareness of the increased number of African Americans now making suicide an option. The last Conference was held June 20-22, 2007, and was attended by more than 300 individuals. Young's counseling expertise and experience is greatly respected throughout the Mid-South Area, state and country. Dr. Young has partnered with numerous agencies, churches and community leaders in regards to making aware the needs of the African American community and many others.