The people involved with this
Memorial Library hope to preserve the teachings of Pastor Emry and his
insightful perception of the Kingdom Ministry.
After his death in 1985, a void in leadership became obvious to those
who had appreciated Sheldon's style of teaching.
Sheldon rose to the top, without stepping on anyone.
However, some ministers resented Sheldon for his success and for some of
his teachings. They often feigned friendship with him and kept their
true motives secret. These ministers had not filled the need for
leadership left by Sheldon's death the light was dimming.
In the spring of 2007, a decision was made to rekindle this lamp in
the form of the Sheldon Emry Memorial Library. Today, thanks to the
power of the internet, most of the works of Pastor Sheldon Emry are
available anywhere in the world available to anyone who God directs to
America's Promise Ministries-Dave Barley
After Sheldon died, his ministry was passed on to his wife, who then passed it on to her Daughter Martha Emry Barley and her husband Dave Barley. Their ministry was named America's Promise Ministries. You can reach their ministry at:
- America's Promise Website
- America's Promise Youtube Channel
Before Sheldon died he had selected a man to succeed him and continue
his ministry. If you look on page 5 of the Feb, 1984 America's Promise
Newsletter, you will see a young fellow by
the name of Ben Williams. Ben, 38 at the time, was Sheldon's assistant
pastor. Sheldon had hand-picked him as his assistant in 1980. Later,
when his death became a possible reality, Sheldon specifically named Ben as his successor. Even in poor health, Sheldon's mind remained sharp
right to the end. By the time of Sheldon's death, Ben had already served
as pastor in Sheldon's absence for over a year while Sheldon was too ill
to stand on his own.
After Sheldon's death in 1985, Ben Williams was
elected both Pastor and General Manager of the entire ministry
(Announcement - June 16, 1985) and continued in the spirit in which he and Sheldon had worked.
Unfortunately, unknown to Ben, non-spiritual happenings within the
governing body, placed him in a position where resignation was the only
Christian path Ben could follow. (Resignation - June 08, 1986) In the summer of 1986, Ben moved to Oregon, and later to Idaho. Today, Ben's
ministry is based out of Grangeville, Idaho where he is still teaching
and publishing Biblical studies and political commentaries ministering
to a "Scattered Remnant" but avoiding the conventional "church" format
that had become the standard way everyone seemed to follow, usually
leading to failure.
Since several of you have asked about Ben Williams, he may be
reached at the following address:
American Christian Ministries
PO Box 740
Grangeville, ID 83530
To visit Ben's websites go to:
- Ben Williams Library
- ACM Outpost-Ben Williams Blog