WilliamsDean Jan Love has announced that the Rev. Khalia J. Williams will join the Candler faculty and senior staff as Assistant Dean of Worship and Music and Assistant Professor in the Practice of Worship, beginning in summer 2016.   

Williams earned her MA in Theological Studies from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and will receive her PhD in Liturgical Studies with a focus on theology and worship from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, this May. 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 on the boards of trustees for both the Disciples Seminary Foundation 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 & Chapel Leadership Team at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California.

Williams will succeed the Rev. Barbara Day Miller, who retires at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.