Session | Ruling Elder
Chairman, Pastoral Care
Alfred Harris Wills, Jr., “Al”, has been a Ruling Elder at Second church since 1987. Al is a Greenville, SC native who married Sandra Sparks in 1962. Sandra has been a member of Second all of her life following in the footsteps of her parents and Grandmother. He joined Second Presbyterian Church after their marriage. Al graduated from Greenville Senior High school in 1960 and entered Clemson College to study Mechanical Engineering. After graduation from Clemson in 1965 with a BSME, Al was employed by Piedmont Engineers and Architects where he learned HVAC design. Al served as Department Manager and VP of Mechanical Engineering at Piedmont and served on the Board of Directors. In April of 1984 Al joined Daniel Engineering, later to become Fluor Daniel. While working at Fluor, Al traveled the world on various project assignments. He retired from Fluor in 2008 but has continued to take brief assignment that may arise. Al and Sandra have four (4) children and eight (8) grandchildren. Their three daughters live in Greenville with their families. Their son, Trey, lives in Davidson, NC with his family.
Al does not remember a day when he did not know that Jesus Christ was his Savior and a very important part in his life. His mother made sure that he and his sisters regularly attended church. This habit of worshipping God and seeking after His leading continued during his higher education and all through his life. Al thanks the Lord for his reformed teaching at Second Presbyterian which gives him daily assurance that God is in control and “works out all things for his good”, Romans 8:28, his favorite bible verse.
Al has served God at Second Presbyterian as a deacon. He has been chairman of the Building Committee and Missions Committee. Al presently serves on the Long Range Planning where his engineering background gives him good insight into the planning and building processes. Al has worked with CEF at Augusta Circle Elementary School serving as Grade Shepherd to the fourth and fifth grade students. He plans to return to this most rewarding work after his present working assignment is completed. Al affirms that his membership at Second Presbyterian Church is one of the most important and rewarding privileges of his life.