Who is DrCL?
There is not enough time or space to fully describe this awesome man and dynamic human being, but we can try to give you a glimpse. He is a family man, a youth advocate, a public figure, an inspirational & motivational coach, a mentor, an entrepreneur, a spiritual overseer and a comedian at heart!
Dr. CL was born Charles Lee Williams to Mr. Phil & Mrs. Alice Williams on September 4, 1962, in Portsmouth, Virginia. “Doc”, as he is affectionately known, came from more than humble beginnings. Growing up as an African-American boy in the inner-city was no easy feat, to say the least. Dr. CL was a leader from the start always making his own way in life.
Statistics said that he should be no more than a glorified drug lord or pimp either dead or in jail, but God said that He would be much more than anyone could imagine that he could be, including himself. As a youngster, the Doc found himself becoming a product of his environment; running the streets, hustling, fighting and getting into anything else that this lifestyle brought.
However, Dr. CL always knew there was something better, something different about him and the fight was to figure out what that “thing” was and how to make that better something prevail in his life. At the age of 19, Dr. Williams’ street life yielded him to a court date, in front of a judge where he was forced to stare destiny square in the face. The judge gave him a decision to make. He now knows was God’s way of standing in the gap for him because he was actually presented with a choice, rather than the choice being made for him. He could either go to jail or enter into the military. Dr. Williams chose the military and this decision changed his life forever.
Between the discipline and character development from his military career, to being exposed to the diverse culture of Hawaii (where he was stationed), a whole new world was opened up to him. The experience that Dr. CL undertook going from Virginia to Hawaii as a teenager later birthed the vision for what we now know as the InterCultural Summit Project with his non-profit youth organization Xtreme Youth, Inc.
DrCL WIlliams in the military
The Williams Family!
While in Hawaii, Dr. CL accepted Christ into his life, was ordained a Minister of the Gospel and began his spiritual & business/entrepreneur training under his first mentors, Dr. Anderson, Bishop Kelsey Lewis and Dr. Douglas Kaya. God sent a host of other leaders from all walks of life to train and direct young “Charles” into the respected & beloved Dr. CL we know today.
Doc knew he had to return home to Virginia to carry out the vision God had given him. Upon his return home, Doc met and married his wife Pastor Mary Williams (Senior Pastor of The Life Improvement Institute). They have 3 children and have established a God-centered and family-centered life for themselves.
Dr. CL and Pastor Mary have worked to establish The Life Improvement Institute, a ministry organization that exists to improve the total person: spirit, soul, and body. To accomplish this vision, Doc established 6 entities (arms) that reach out to people in every area of life.
Among Doc’s many accomplishments include obtaining his Doctorate Degree from Belford University in the area of Biblical and Humanitarian Studies. Shortly after returning to Virginia, he as ordained a Pastor by Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas. Doc is currently the co-host of the Mike and Friends Morning Show on the Stellar Award winning Gospel Station, Rejoice 100.9FM (Hampton Roads, Virginia/Northeast North Carolina) and is also the Director of Prayer Counsel for the station.
DrCL on Air
DrCL and Kirk Franklin
Mike Chandler, DrCL, and Cedric Bailey (Stella Awards)
Dr. Williams currently holds a seat on the Church and Community Action Committee (CCIA) for the City of Portsmouth and has been the Chairman of their Youth Initiative Outreach 2 years in a row.
Doc’s most fulfilling accomplishment, he will tell you, is the gratification he gets is from the countless men, women and youth that he is able to mentor and see a positive change in their lives. Wherever Doc sees a need, he seeks and passionately pursues resolving that need and being an effective part of the solution. Many things that he sees hit home for him and speaks to the hurt he knows he felt at those times in his life. With God’s help and his willingness, the sky is the limit!
The Doctor’s Vision includes overseeing the operations of state of the art Day Care Centers for single mothers and working low to middle class families, Family fitness facilities, an accredited life curriculum that includes marriage counseling, financial planning and much more!