Howard Williams Named Director of Church Relations

Aug. 31, 1999

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University has named Howard H. Williams Jr., formerly minister of education and discipleship at Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, as director of church relations. Williams began work at Baylor on Aug. 30.

"Howard Williams brings much experience with Baptists and a great work ethic," said Dr. Stan Madden, vice president for university relations. "His experience in managing information and making it useful in building our relationships with individual churches makes him an excellent choice for this position."

Williams' principal duties will be to help Baylor understand how it can better serve its historic church constituencies. Services the university can provide to churches include supplying preaching, musical programs, worship teams and youth camps and arranging conferences either at the church or on campus. Williams also will coordinate Baylor's role in denominational events such as conventions and conferences.

"My goal for this position is to determine what various churches need and then to show them what resources and expertise Baylor has that can help meet those needs," Williams said.

A native of Mississippi, Williams received his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Mississippi and his master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. An ordained minister, he has served as a minister of education at Lyndon Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky.; Northside Baptist Church in Clinton, Miss.; and First Baptist Church in Belzoni, Miss.

Williams and his wife, Jana, a native of Baytown, Texas, have one daughter, Abigail, who is six.

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