Andrew Dys

Fort Mill pastor carries cross for 20th year on Good Friday

Rev. Carl Williams of Fort Mill’s Lighthouse Pentecostal Holiness Church started his journey as Jesus Christ carrying the cross on Good Friday in Fort Mill. Williams and four church members playing Roman centurions walked miles along S.C. 160.
Rev. Carl Williams of Fort Mill’s Lighthouse Pentecostal Holiness Church started his journey as Jesus Christ carrying the cross on Good Friday in Fort Mill. Williams and four church members playing Roman centurions walked miles along S.C. 160. aburriss@heraldonline.com

A pastor dressed as Jesus was a few minutes late Friday morning walking down one of the busiest stretches of highway in York County - but there he came.

Jesus never fails to arrive on Good Friday. Even in the busy traffic of Fort Mill.

One lady even stopped in the middle of a busy intersection to take cellphone pictures and video of the man walking with his cross through busy Fort Mill.

Rev. Carl Williams of Fort Mill’s Lighthouse Pentecostal Holiness Church, along with his huge cross on tiny wheels to help with the miles-long walk, trekked along S.C. 160 Friday morning to show off the Easter message of faith and forgiveness. Williams even wore a crown of thorns, just like Jesus Christ did on his way to be crucified on the cross.

Williams has walked the miles and miles for 20 years on Good Friday. The heavy cross has two tiny wheels on it so Williams can roll it, but the journey is long and hard anyway. Yet Williams and others say the long walk is worth it.

“I just want people to know that the spirit is alive and well, and we carry it with us,” Williams said. “He died on the cross for every one of us.”

Williams and his Roman legions - Gary Burns, Ken Newell, Joshua Ratliff, and Matthew Brookhart - started at the Peach Stand at the intersection of U.S. 21 and S.C. 160 and headed east. They crossed busy Munn Road, then crossed over the bridge that spans Interstate 77 with its impatient drivers trying to get on the highway to head north to Charlotte to work. Dozens gawked, stared, wondered.

Williams waved at them all, and smiled at them all.

“Jesus carried his cross for me - and all of us - the least I can do is carry it for him,” Williams said. “The whole idea is for people to see us out here, to think about Jesus this time of year.”

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065 •  adys@heraldonline.com

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