Khalia J. Williams

Assistant Dean of Worship and Music; Assistant Professor in the Practice of Worship; Co-Director of the Baptist Studies Program
Khalia J. Williams
Phone: 404.727.6153
    • PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2017
    • MA, Columbia Theological Seminary, 2011
    • MBA, Nova Southeastern University, 2003
    • BS, Florida Memorial University, 2001

    In addition to her role as Assistant Dean of Worship and Music and Assistant Professor in the Practice of Worship, the The Rev. Dr. Khalia J. Williams is Co-Director of the Baptist Studies Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Candler, Williams earned her MA in Theological Studies from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and her PhD in Liturgical Studies with a focus on theology and worship from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and American Baptist Churches USA.

    A native of Los Angeles, Williams has lectured widely and serves as vice chair of the board of trustees for the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and recently served on the Disciples Seminary Foundation board as well. She has served as the chapel coordinator at Columbia Theological Seminary and on the Worship Planning and Chapel Leadership Team at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, and currently serves as an Associate Minister at Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta. 

    Williams is a member of the North American Liturgy and the American Academy of Religion.

    Selected Publications

      Chapters and Articles

      "Engaging Womanist Spirituality in African American Christian Worship," in Proceedings, North American Academy of Liturgy, August 09, 2013

      "Psalm 29," "Psalm 36:5-10" and "Psalm 19" , in Connections: A Lectionary Commentary For Preaching and Worship, Year C, Volume1, Westminster John Knox Press, September 11, 2018

      Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, August 16, 2017

      Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, November 17, 2016

      "Praise Under Pressure", October 17, 2016

      Chosen For Royalty Women's Conference, "I Woke Up Like This", March 9, 2016

      Selected Courses 

      Becoming Reflective Pracitioners