Reverend Damon P. Williams, Ph.D.
On September 18, 2012 Reverend Dr. Damon P. Williams was called to serve as the Senior Pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta, GA. Rev. Williams was born and nurtured in Ellicott City, Maryland. His parents, Deacon Thomas and Mrs. Vivianne Williams still reside there along with their older son, Jason. After graduating from high school in Maryland, Reverend Williams matriculated at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2002. He later earned a Master of Science degree, and Doctorate degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan (U of M).
In 2006, while a doctoral candidate at U of M, Rev. Williams answered God’s call to the ministry of the Gospel, and he was licensed under the pastorate of Reverend Mark J. Lyons at the Second Baptist Church of Ann Arbor (Michigan). Rev. Williams served in several ministerial roles at Second Baptist Church; including as Young Adult Sunday School Teacher, Christian Education Council Member, University of Michigan Mustard Seed Campus Bible Study Director, and as a member of the Missionary Outreach Ministry.
Upon earning his Ph.D., Rev. Williams returned to Georgia to attend Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur; where he was both a Columbia Honors Fellow and a Fund for Theological Education (FTE) Ministry Fellow. In May 2012, he graduated from Columbia with a Master of Divinity (M.Div). Concurrently, between 2009 and 2012, Rev. Williams served as an Associate Minister at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA under the guidance of Reverend Dr. Aaron L. Parker. In this capacity Rev. Williams worked in Christian Education serving as a traditional class Saturday School Teacher, Connexion College Ministry Student Leader, and Vacation Bible School Director.
He presently works as a curriculum writer for the Baptist Layman publication of the Sunday School Publishing Board, and an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech in both the Industrial and Systems Engineering departments, and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
In ministry and professionally, Rev. Williams has a passion for practical Christian Education, through which he works to make the doctrine of the grace of God, inherent in the Scriptures, applicable to daily living.
In May of 2012, Rev. Williams proposed to his fiancée, Reverend Khalia J. Jelks, who is a doctoral student of theology and worship at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.