If you’re looking for a preacher to just dance, holler and entertain church people, that’s not me...

I’m trying to bring this word to pimps, hustlers, gang bangers, meth addicts, at risk kids, crack slangers and prisoners of the state.



A hail of bullets outside of his East Oakland window changed Reverend Harry Williams life in the fall of 2002.  The next morning as he traveled down the street to the neighborhood store, he noticed that a shrine comprised of teddy bears, balloons and empty Remy Martin bottles had been erected overnight.  Someone had lost their life in that hail of bullets.  

In the aftermath of the shooting, Reverend Harry Williams took to the streets for answers.  He spoke to both drug users and drug traffickers about the madness that had engulfed the community.  What he found shifted his focus a minister.   The emphasis of his work came to involved the incarcerated and those returning to the society.  He mentored gang involved youth and foster children.  Williams’ founded a ministry to human trafficking victims.  He became a board member for Homies Empowerment, a community based outreach to gang involved youth.  In between his street ministry, Harry Williams has written 8 books, his 9th due in July of 2019.  It is entitled: Taking It To The Streets: Lessons From A Life Of Urban Ministry.  

Harry Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Asbury Park, NJ.  He holds a B.A. degree from Kean University, Union, NJ and a Master of Divinity Degree from Palmer Theological Seminary, St. Davids, PA.  Currently, Reverend Williams (known in the community as O.G. Rev) serves as a community minister/activist in Oakland California.  He is also the Interim Minister of Compassionate Care at the historic Glide Memorial Church in the San Francisco, Tenderloin.  

Reverend Harry Williams is a champion for those who have no voice. He is a precious pillar of the Oakland, California faith community and an invaluable ally to Oakland’s disenfranchised youth.


Reverend Williams has chosen to do the hard but necessary work of confronting urban violence and human sex trafficking where it is happening – in the streets of our cities.

~Annie Campbell Washington

Former City Council Member – District Four 


Let me introduce you to the collection of books which I have written over the years... 


From street novels, to an African-American history book, here are the words of America’s hood preacher.  

appearances and media

  • Every Tuesday at the People's Bible Study, Glide Memorial Church, 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco, Room 206, 6.pm.  (All Welcome) 

  • A 6-page feature article on O.G. Rev appeared 
    in the latest edition of world renowned magazine,
    "The Writer."  It was written by Melissa Hart.
    Click the thumbnail to the right to read it.