Reverend Khalia J. Williams
|Reverend Khalia J. Williams is the ecstatic and supportive wife of Rev. Dr. Damon P. Williams, Pastor of the historic Providence Missionary Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta, Georgia. She is an ordained minister and liturgical artist, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Graduate Theological Union in the area of Liturgical Studies with a focus on theology and worship. Prior to her matriculation at Graduate Theological Union, Rev. Williams earned the Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from Columbia Theological Seminary, and the Master of International Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Florida Memorial University.
Rev. Williams is a native of Los Angeles, California and is a professionally trained classical ballet and modern dancer. Following God’s call, Rev. Williams founded Trinity Praise Dance Company in 2006, a Miami-based Christian dance company that is focused on spreading the gospel and empowering the nations through the arts. Her work as a liturgist and liturgical dance artist has been called upon by churches and conferences throughout the country and abroad. She is sought after for her ability to train dancers, and to teach ministries in the areas of worship planning, leadership, and the integration of worship and the arts. Rev. Williams greatly impacts the Christian dance community with her desire for technical integrity, passion and Christ-centered ministry. In addition, she has spent several years in the corporate sector as a consultant in human resources management, executive recruiting, and new business start-ups.
In ministry, Rev. Williams most recently served as the Dance Ministry Director at Berkeley Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Berkeley, California. In this capacity, she was solely responsible for directing the dance ministry and incorporating worship arts into the weekly services. Prior to this role, Rev. Williams served as a member of the Daughters of Destiny Women’s Ministry Council at Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia, and as a dance ministry leader at New Birth Baptist Church in Miami (Florida). In addition to her ministry work, Rev. Williams serves on the board of trustees for the Disciples Seminary Foundation, and the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Williams also continues to mentor young women across the country. In all her endeavors, Rev. Williams is driven by her passion to empower the people of God to reach their full potential in Christ.
Dr. Mathew Wayne Whitest ‘87
Dr. Whitest and his team at Wayne Pharmaceuticals, recently completed several months of negotiations that resulted in them acquiring a licensing agreement for a Vaccine in development at the University of Massachusetts Medical School that will prevent the contraction of HIV. This vaccine which is showing great promise is slated to begin clinical trials in early 2016, and will continue to be developed at the medical school. However, Dr. Whitest and Wayne Pharmaceuticals own the exclusive license agreement for the vaccine and will manage the vaccine at their new location in Cordele Georgia. They are acquiring a school, A.S. Clark, in Cordele in partnership with their non-profit partner the M.D. Whitest Medical Institute and converting it into a Biomedical center that will house the management of their Vaccine programs inclusive of the HIV Vaccine technology program. This is a historic event as it represents the engagement of the African American community in the search for a cure for HIV infection in a major Research capacity, as Dr. Whitest is of African American descent.