When Jeremy Williams completed his degree in church ministry, he never dreamed that fourteen years later he’d be working at Texas Custom Patios. Now, Jeremy watches over a congregation of carpenters, not churchgoers. And he’s loving every minute of it.
So how does a minister turn manager? Read on to find out.
What do you do at Texas Custom Patios?
Williams: I am a project developer. That means that I meet with clients, help them design their outdoor living spaces, and manage all the workers involved on the project from start to finish.
I understand you used to be a minister. What got you interested in outdoor living projects?
Williams: It’s true, most of my work history is in ministry. I went to college for church ministry, and I’ve spent fourteen years between two churches in Houston: First Colony Bible Chapel and First Colony Church of Christ.
But I’ve done construction and construction design for almost as long as I can remember. My dad didn’t work in construction, but was very handy and we did a lot of projects around the house. I started digging holes for his projects when I was about 5.
I designed my first building in 7th grade. It was a garage for my dad, and the construction company used my design to build it. I built my first deck with my dad when I was 13 or 14 and living in North Carolina. I thought it was a blast—deck construction is really fun.
Still, that’s a big jump from ministry to construction. How exactly did you get into full-time construction?
Williams: Well, I’ve never really been out of construction. When I had a part time ministry job after college, I worked construction at the same time. I did design for a big construction company in Houston. We worked on Texas Children’s Hospital, Reliant Stadium, and downtown office buildings and apartments.
Later, when I got married and we bought a house, we built a deck. It’s just something I’ve always done.
Williams: Why did you choose to work with Texas Custom Patios?
In 2010, my friend Ryan Guikema started working for Texas Custom Patios as a project developer. I thought it sounded like the coolest job ever.
Last January I started thinking about moving out of ministry and into a construction job. Naturally, Texas Custom Patios was at the top of my list.
What jobs do you most look forward to?
I love that I get to do a variety of projects, and I like the big ones that kind of include everything patio cover, kitchen, fireplace, etc. I like to build an entire outdoor living room, not just a deck or patio.
I’m also looking forward to having my own outdoor kitchen. But I think I’ll have to make my patio bigger first…