In 1989, New Orleans-raised Aeneas Williams was a junior walk-on defensive back at Southern University. The next year, before earning a B.S. in Accounting in 1990, Aeneas tied the NCAA Division I-AA single-season interception record. He was drafted in the third round of the 1991 draft by the Arizona Cardinals and became a St. Louis Ram in 2001.
During a remarkable 14-year NFL career - that included a Super Bowl appearance, eight Pro Bowls and four All-Pro selections - Aeneas had chances to help some of his teammates through some of life's rougher patches. These opportunities led Aeneas to the realization that unhappiness doesn't come from the things in our lives. It comes from things missing from our lives.
On August 2, 2014, Aeneas was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Aeneas made his personal commitment to Jesus Christ during his junior year at Southern University and has devoted his off-field life to sharing the wisdom and understanding of the Word of God. He is a beloved St. Louis community leader and role model whose tireless service, outreach and personal counsel has changed lives. Pastor Aeneas has a love for people and a passion for helping each of us fulfill our full potential. In 2007, Aeneas and his wife of 23 years Tracy founded The Spirit Church in St. Louis, MO where he serves as senior pastor.
An inspirational insight into Aeneas' passions, faith and leadership principles. It Takes Respect is a book with a powerful message that Aeneas wrote before entering the ministry.
Aeneas, Tracy, their three daughters Saenea, Tirzah and Cheyenne and son Lazarus live in Creve Coeur, Missouri.