Superintendent William Dean, Jr. was born in Canton, Mississippi. He received a B.S. Degree in biology at Mississippi Valley State University, a Master’s degree in Biology at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a Specialist Degree in Science at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and a degree in Administration at Mississippi State University. He also studied at Jackson State University and Florida State University.
Elder Dean served in the field of education for a total of 34 years. He served as the First Black Elected Superintendent of Education for Holmes County School District for 20 years.
Over a period of 48 years, he has served and been a pioneer in the Northern Mississippi Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ in several capacities. He presently serves as Assistant to his Bishop T. T. Scott, District Superintendent of the Lexington District and as Chairman of the Ordination Board.
His pastoring of 48 years includes: seven years at Sallis Church of God in Christ, twenty years at St. Peter Church Of God In Christ in Shaw, MS and presently 27 years at St. Paul (the Mother Church of the Churches Of God In Christ all over the world) in Lexington, MS.
Superintendent Dean was married for 52 years to Dr. Margie McGowan Dean before her death.
They have 4 children, Elder William Kenneth, an engineer with the EPA in Jackson, MS, Minister Keith Dean, owner of Dean Memorial Funeral Home in Brandon, MS, Dr. Kimberly Dorsey, a professor at the University for Women in Columbus, MS and April, who went to be with the Lord in October 2011.
They have 7 grandchildren: Elijah, Elisha, Emmanuel, Destiny, Terrell, Aaron and Christian.
Of all of Superintendent Dean’s accomplishments, he loves best what God called him to do and that is, he loves “preaching God’s preaching.”