Khalia Williams

Khalia J. Williams

Associate Dean of Worship and Spiritual Formation; Associate Professor in the Practice of Worship; Co-Director of the Baptist Studies Program


PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2017
MA, Columbia Theological Seminary, 2011
MBA, Nova Southeastern University, 2003
BS, Florida Memorial University, 2001


(404) 727-6153


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.


Co-editor with Mark A. Lamport, Theological Foundations of Worship: Biblical, Systematic, and Practical PerspectivesBaker Academic, 2021

Co-author with Gerald C. Liu, A Worship Workbook A Practical Guide for Extraordinary Liturgy, Abingdon Press, 2021


“Love Your Flesh: The Power and Protest of Embodied Worship,” in Liturgy, vol. 35, no. 1, 2020

“Liturgical Undoing: Christ, Communion, and Commodified Bodies,” in Review & Expositor, vol. 115, no. 3, 2018

“Engaging Womanist Spirituality in African American Christian Worship,” in ProceedingsNorth 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, Volume 1, Westminster John Knox Press, September 11, 2018

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

Becoming Reflective Pracitioners

Womanist/Feminist Spirituality and Worship in the United States

Cultivating Church

In the media

August 29, 2023

Service of Word and Table

December 6, 2022

The Third Service of Advent: Carols in the Chapel

December 1, 2022

The Magnificat: Second Service of Advent

November 29, 2022

Adorning of the Greens: First Service of Advent

November 10, 2022

Service of Word

June 9, 2022

Khalia Williams on the Practice of Worship

November 12, 2019

Service of Word and Table

September 2, 2021

Service of Word

March 29, 2021

Candler Black Excellence: Rev. Dr. Khalia J. Williams

February 18, 2021

Panel Discussion: The Black Church and Sacred Music

April 6, 2020

Reimagining the Easter Season

October 16, 2016

Rev. Khalia J. Williams, PhD - Praise Under Pressure

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