Prior to joining the faculty at Candler, the Rev. Dr. Khalia J. 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 board member for L’Arche Atlanta and the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). 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 Academy of Liturgy and the American Academy of Religion.