Former NFL Star Leads Church

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - During his pro football career, Aeneas
Williams earned a reputation as a quiet leader who professed a deep Christian faith.

Now, the 40-year-old Williams leads a small startup church that meets in rented space at a hotel in suburban St. Louis, where he weaves lessons from life and football into his sermons.

Williams played for the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams before retiring in 2005.

He and his wife started Spirit of the Lord Family Church in their home in 2007. Services moved last year to a hotel ballroom while the 70-member church seeks a permanent home.

In a recent sermon, Williams said fear prevents people from growing.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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