PULASKI, Tenn. – Martin Methodist College (MMC) is pleased to announce the addition of Reverend Doctor Michael Williams this Fall as Writer/Storyteller-in-Residence following his
retirement after 43 years of service as a member of the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church.
“Michael Williams is a master storyteller, a scholar, and a person who is grounded in rural America,” said Chairman of the MMC Board of Trustees Byron Trauger. “We expect that combination to produce mighty works at Martin Methodist College.”
With degrees from Vanderbilt University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminar, and Northwestern University, Williams has served as adjunct faculty for Vanderbilt Divinity School, Drew Theological Seminary, Iliff School of Theology, the Pacific School of Religion, and Wesley Theological Seminary and has taught continuing education classes and Course of Study classes for Candler School of Theology.
He is also the author of 23 books, including the 13-volume Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible series. In addition, he has published numerous poems, essays, and stories in books and journals. Twice, he has been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival and has taught for The National Institute of Storytelling.
At MMC, Williams will be working with students, faculty and administration in an array of programs. He will help the campus community relate narrative to the interpersonal, instructional and institutional spheres of life at MMC in the hope that narrative will enhance the entire curriculum of the college.
“I realized early on that I was called to tell stories and help other people tell stories,” Williams said. “I am delighted by the prospect of working alongside the students, faculty and administration at Martin Methodist College as I continue to live out that calling and to help form the vision and life of the college around narrative.”
Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing.