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Hyveth Williams

Dr. Hyveth Williams, serves as Professor and Director of Homiletics as well as Interim Seminary Chaplain at The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (SDATS), Andrews University, Michigan. She is also a Pastor and prolific author who is the first female Senior Pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. On May 1, 2016, she was recognized by Andrews University with the annual JN Andrews Medallion, the highest university award for excellence in teaching. In March, 2017, she was the first Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary female professor to receive the university-wide Daniel Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award. In September 2017, Dr. Williams received, from her alma mater, the Washington Adventist University Annual Visionaries Gala award for Excellence in Scholarship and Transformational Pastoral Service.

Prior to her 2009 appointment as Professor, she served as an Adjunct Professor of Religion on the Loma Linda Faculty of Religion and the SDATS. For almost fourteen years, she served as the Senior Pastor of Campus Hill Church in Loma Linda, California, eight years at Boston Temple, Massachusetts; three years as Associate Pastor at Sligo Church, Takoma Park, Maryland, and three years as pastoral intern at All Nations Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan. On February 16, 2013, she established a community church plant, The Grace Place, in South Bend, Indiana, where many from the surrounding community now number more than the weekly Adventist attendees.

Dr. Williams is a graduate of Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) with a Bachelor of Arts on Theology (1984), a Master of Divinity degree from SDATS (1989), and a Doctor of Ministry from Boston University School of Theology (1998). She holds the distinction of being the first non-Episcopalian to receive the prestigious Fellowship from the College of Preachers, National Cathedral, Washington D.C.

Dr. Williams is the author of several books four as solo author including: Will I Ever Learn?: One Woman’s Life of Miracles and Ministry; Anticipation: Waiting on Tiptoes for the Lord; Secrets of a Happy Heart: A Fresh Look at the Sermon on the Mount and Nothing But The Best: A Guide to Powerful Preaching published in February this year. She co-authored The Celt and The Christ: A Fresh Look at the Book of Galatians, with Dr. Dorothy Minchin Comm. Chapters written by Dr. Williams in other volumes and articles in numerous magazines are part of her prolific publications as well as a monthly column for the Adventist Review.

Dr. Williams’ influence is profoundly felt around the world by countless participants in her ground-breaking counseling and internationally applauded television series, A Painted World: Portraits of Illusion and Reality. Her conversion story and spiritual journey is televised regularly on Trinity Broadcasting Network and Hope Channel Television. Dr. Williams appreciates every opportunity to share the Gospel and approaches her role as teacher, preacher and counselor as a sacred trust.