Margaret Ann Williams Service Award

Darryl Wertheim, Faith UMC Orland Park (2016)
Youth Sports Programs

Since Darryl Wertheim became head of the Athletic Committee for Faith UMC in 2012, the Youth Sports Programs have grown from six participants to well over 100. From the beginning Darryl set out to create a variety of activities for children, ages 4-14, to encourage physical activity, team play and sportsmanship as well as learning athletic skills. His first project was the Faith Falcons basketball team to develop skills for junior high school basketball players in the church as well as in to younger children. The Youth Sports Program has now expanded to include soccer and baseball activities. Darryl’s gift is that he brings such a positive attitude and encourages children of all skill levels and abilities to participate in these programs. His mission is to provide an environment for youth to learn, grow and have fun. Darryl recruits other adults who share his love for youth sports to serve as coaches and mentors. All of the programs are “child safe” as all of the adults who supervise children are “safe sanctuary” trained and approved. Darryl has been instrumental in guiding Faith UMC to open its doors to families in the community by inviting and encouraging their participation in the Youth Sports Programs. These families are developing bonds with and trust in the Faith congregation because of the faithful, loving and gracious leadership that Darryl provides for their children.

Carla R. Williams (2015)
Maple Park UMC, Chicago

Carla R. Williams is a member of the Maple Park United Methodist faith community serving the people of the West Pullman community of Chicago’s south side. She has more than 30 years of child care experience. Carla’s passion for children is both her vocation and occupation. Carla is the Director of Maple Park’s Safe Haven program. She also serves as the Co‐Leader of Maple Park’s Kids ROCK Children’s ministry which serves the children and families of both church and community. Kid’s ROCK is the recipient of a 2015 United Methodist Development Fund grant. Carla is a champion for children by regularly challenging the Maple Park congregation to advocate on their behalf.  Carla has been a licensed child care provider since 1996. She has owned and operated Angels in Training Childcare which received Star Level 3 ranking from the Illinois Department of Human Service in 2011. She has served as a mentor for Illinois Action for Children and as Vice President for The Caring Providers Association. Carla is a recipient of the Gateways to Opportunity scholarship. She is currently working toward her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood education at National Louis University and was inducted in June 2015 as a member of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. Carla is the mother of two adult sons.

Rev. Margaret Ann Williams (2014)
Maple Park UMC Chicago

Rev. Margaret Ann Williams, former Associate Executive Director of Church Relations at Marcy Newberry, is the first recipient of an award named in her honor. This award was created to honor her 33 years on the United Voices for Children Board of Directors, including a term as President. She has spent a lifetime of giving back and her tireless work has served as an example to many. Rev. Williams’ dedicated service has influenced the lives of children, the church and community for nearly 50 years. Rev. Williams, affectionately known as M.A.W., is a member of the Maple Park UMC in Chicago. Henceforth, may future award recipients model her “Joy of Serving” within the Northern Illinois Conference community.