Khalia J. Williams

Associate Dean of Worship and Spiritual Formation; Associate 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

    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 Liturgy and the American Academy of Religion.

    Selected Publications

    • Faculty Publication
    • Faculty Publication


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

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

    Chapters and Articles

    "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 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, Volume 1, Westminster John Knox Press, September 11, 2018

    Selected Awards

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

    Word&Way podcast Dangerous Dogma, epidsode 54, with guest Dr. Khalia Williams (June 9, 2022)

    Candler Black Excellence: The Rev. Dr. Khalia J. Williams (March 29, 2021)

    Ministry Matters, "Reimagining the Easter Season" (April 6, 2020)

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, November 12, 2019

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, August 16, 2017

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, November 17, 2016

    "Praise Under Pressure", October 17, 2016

    Selected Courses 

    Becoming Reflective Pracitioners

    Womanist/Feminist Spirituality and Worship in the United States

    Cultivating Church