Lyle Williams

Lyle was born in a small town in the Midwest to parents who were deeply committed to following Jesus. Church was their life and although the church was filled with loving people and a caring pastor it was also narrow focused and legalistic. He hardly knew there were really Christians in other denominations until he began full time ministry in 1970. After 14 years of ministry in the Midwest, the Williams family packed up and moved to California to begin another chapter in their lives. What an adventure! 28 years in California included ministries in Orange County and Santa Barbara. During a 9 ½ year ministry in Long Beach, God began to build a passion in Lyle’s heart for helping and serving other pastors.

In 2006 he became the Director of Pastoral Ministries for a large Christian counseling center in Orange County. Lyle held that position for 4 years before moving to middle Tennessee in October of 2010 to be closer to family.

A dream of Lyle’s for many years was fulfilled on September 1, 2012 when Lyle and Linda started FishBowl Ministries, a 501C3 that offers hope, encouragement and friendship to those in ministry in order that they may finish well.

Lyle believes there is no greater calling in life than to help build God’s Kingdom through local church ministry. It is his great pleasure to assist you in any way that he can to fulfill the vision that God has placed in your life. Since FishBowl Ministries is financially supported by faithful donors, Lyle has been able to continue to fulfill his passion of reaching out to those also involved in church ministry.

Lyle and Linda have been married since December 1968. Their family includes 3 adult children, 2 spouses and 7 grandchildren, all residing outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

You can reach Lyle by emailing or by calling 714-213-6578 or 615-425-6764

Linda Williams

Growing up in a pastors’ family I learned what it means to live in a FishBowl. My parents planted five churches in five states in 50 years of ministry. Ministry is in my blood. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and taught high school English in Indiana. After 14 years of ministry in the mid-west, we moved our family to California, where we spent the next 28 years. While in CA I taught 6th grade and in 1994 began working at Biola University. My ministry to students and staff at Biola spanned 16 years and when I retired in 2010, I was serving as Executive Secretary to the Vice President for Student Development. Following retirement we moved to Nashville, TN in order to be closer to family.

I am a woman who loves God, loves being a wife to my best friend, proud mother to 3 adult children and 2 spouse-in-laws, as well as a grandmother to 7 grandchildren. One of the greatest joys in my life is being involved in the lives of my family. Growing up in a pastors’ family and being a pastor’s wife adds up to 67 years of pastoral ministry….and I am still alive to tell about it.