Mrs. Erma Lee Williams

As its founding director, Mrs. Williams led the Paseo Baptist Church Learning Center for nearly four decades, enabling generations of pre-school children to enter elementary school with strong academic skills and sound Christian values.

Born in 1926 in McGehee, Arkansas, to Eddie O. and Edrena Carson, and reared by her grandmother, Annie B. Gilder, who introduced her to the saving grace of Christ, Erma accepted Christ at a young age.

Maurice Watson, Esq.

Former Chairman, Husch Blackwell, LLP

Reverend Ulysses Bestey Sr.

Director, Erma L. Williams Learning Center

Pastor, Faith Fellowship Baptist Church

The late Reverend Charles J. Briscoe

Pastor Emeritus, Paseo Baptist Church

Founder, Paseo Baptist Learning Center

Tribute Concert 

Please join three-time Grammy nominated and ten-time Stellar Award winning gospel artist Anthony Brown and Group Therapy and the student alumni of the Paseo Baptist Learning Center, for a Tribute Concert celebrating the life and legacy of master educator Erma L. Williams, on Friday March 17, 7:00 PM at the Kansas City Music Hall. Proceeds will benefit the newly named Erma L. Williams Learning Center that has served thousands of students in the heart of our community, for over 40 years.

Tickets on sale now at Music Hall Box Office or

Musical Guest: Anthony Brown and Group Therapy

Grammy-nominated gospel music artist Anthony Brown is well-known for his exploits alongside his famed backup crew dubbed ‘group therAPy’. Having established himself as a reputable songwriter from a relatively young age, Brown took the gospel music scene by storm in 2012 with the release of his hit debut album Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy.

He has maintained a steady progression ever since with the release of other more successful albums and for which he has received much critical acclaim. Among numerous accolades, Anthony Brown picked up his first Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Song in 2015.


Anthony Brown and Group Therapy


Anthony Brown and Group Therapy


Anthony Brown and Group Therapy

Erma L. Williams Learning Center

The Erma L. Williams Learning Center at Paseo Baptist Church is a faith-based school that focuses on early childhood development, the most critical years in shaping the life of a child into adulthood.  The center, which has been in operation since 1979, is committed to providing a quality education that incorporates a strong Christian foundation in a warm, family oriented atmosphere.


Our Objectives:

  • Aid the home in following God’s design for the training and rearing of children;
  • Establish a spiritual foundation to prepare children to cope with the world in which we live;
  • Provide experiences and instruction that develop character in our children;
  • Provide a Christian nucleus of fellowship for children; and,
  • Provide reading, math, science, social studies, writing, health, Black History, arts/crafts, music/drama, and more.

To learn more about the Learning Center, please call us at 816-921-0790.

2023 Fall Enrollment begins January 2023.