Rev. Chette Williams, the longtime chaplain of the Auburn football team, will speak at Anniston First United Methodist Church, 1400 Noble St., on Sunday at the 10:50 a.m. service.

Williams — known to the team as “Brother Chette” — is in his 19th year as Auburn chaplain. He started his Auburn football career in the 1980s, as a 19-year-old player for Pat Dye.

He was a different person back then — angry and violent — as he describes it in his book “Hard Fighting Soldier.” He was eventually kicked off the team, but thanks to the intervention of a Christian teammate, Williams began to pray, had a change of heart and Dye agreed to take him back.

After graduation from Auburn, Williams attended seminary and pastored churches in New Orleans and Mobile. He and his wife also ministered to at-risk kids at a South Carolina church.

In 1999, Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville called and asked him to come back as team chaplain.

Williams is also campus director for Auburn’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, director of urban ministries for the state FCA and president of Chette Williams Ministries.

— Anniston Star staff