Damon Williams

Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Ministry; Co-Director of the Baptist Studies Program
Damon Williams
Phone: 404.727.6350
    • MDiv, Columbia Theological Seminary, 2012
    • PhD, University of Michigan, 2009
    • MS, University of Michigan, 2004
    • BS, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002

    In addition to his role at Candler, the Rev. Dr. Damon Williams is the Senior Pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta. In 2006, while a doctoral candidate in industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan, Williams answered God’s call to the gospel ministry and was licensed under the pastorate of Reverend Mark J. Lyons at the Second Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan. While at Second Baptist, Williams served in several ministerial roles, including Young Adult Sunday School Teacher, Christian Education Council Member, University of Michigan Mustard Seed Campus Bible Study Director, and as a member of the Missionary Outreach Ministry. Upon earning his PhD, Williams returned to Georgia to attend Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, where he was both a Columbia Honors Fellow and a Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Ministry Fellow.

    Between 2009 and 2012, Williams served as an Associate Minister and was ordained at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta, under the guidance of Reverend Dr. Aaron L. Parker. In this capacity he worked in Christian Education, serving as a traditional class Saturday School Teacher, Connexion College Ministry Student Leader, and Vacation Bible School Director.

    Williams is a curriculum writer for the Baptist Layman publication of the Sunday School Publishing Board; an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech in both the Industrial and Systems Engineering departments; and works with the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. He is occasionally called upon to speak nationally on higher education and diversity in academia. Williams is also a committed mentor to youth and young adults in the Atlanta area. He serves on the boards of Columbia Theological Seminary and Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters, as well as Candler's Baptist Studies Advisory Board.

    Selected Awards

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers, Sponsors, and Collegium of Scholars, Morehouse College, 2021