Pastor & Overseer William E. Dickerson II started Greater Love Tabernacle in 1989, with an emphasis on reaching the hurting and disenfranchised of society. He has served as a youth minister, counselor, tutor, Boston Public School teacher and a loyal advocate for children and troubled individuals in courts throughout the Commonwealth.
In 1995 he founded the Family Conference and has educated thousands of families by changing their approach to health and wellness. The Family Conference is designed to position men, women and young adults to embrace issues such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and HIV/AIDS as present day concerns which should be dealt with immediately.
During violent times within Boston’s inner city since the early 1980’s, Pastor Dickerson spearheaded community walks and rallies to cultivate safety teams through camaraderie, which still serve as a model for today. He has led countless anti-violence gatherings in schools, colleges and churches all while lending financial support to agencies advocating for youth related concerns.
A partial list of his commendations is as follows:
As a high school student he received the Ujima Award for outstanding academic and civic achievement from Lena Park.
As an adult leader he accepted the National Night Out Award from Lena Park for Spiritual leadership to end hand gun violence.
In 1994 he received recognition for his community outreach through the Channel 56 Independent Spirit award.
In 1998 he received another Outstanding Award for Volunteerism and Leadership from the Boston Housing Authority.
In 2005 the Boston Celtics’ Heroes Among Us Award.
In 2011, the Renaissance Charter School Champion for Children Award.
His extended volunteer contributions include:
Chairperson of the Charitable Trust of Boston
President of the Massachusetts Statewide Black Clergy for Unity
Advocate for court/prison involved youth and adults
Advocate for antiviolence and family reunification.
Educationally he has various earned degrees which includes two masters. He also has an Honorary Doctorate degree.
Pastor Dickerson has been married to Luella Dickerson for 35 years and they have three adult children, three grandsons and one precious grandaughter.