Dr. Donald Williams, Professor of English at TFC, was recently named R.A. Forrest Scholar by the faculty of Toccoa Falls College. This honor is awarded only to members of the faculty who meet certain criteria. The title for the position comes from the college’s founder and first president, Dr. Richard. A. Forrest.
Dr. Brian Shelton, vice president for Academic Affairs said, “To be chosen for the position is indeed an honor. A track record of good publication, scholarly presentations, skill performances, or any other learned accomplishment must precede receiving this position. We are proud of Dr. Williams’ work in writing, teaching, and activity ministering and speaking at the international level.” Dr. Shelton went on to say, “The person, who holds this position focuses primarily on writing for publication and maintaining a scholarly presence in the classroom.”
Dr. Williams has been a member of the TFC faculty since 1988 and has achieved the full rank of professor. Before being named R. A. Forrest Scholar, he was department chair of the Humanities and Natural Sciences department. He is also a successful published author. He devoted his life to Christ at an early age. By the time he entered high school, he realized he had a strong drive for the integration of faith and learning. “I felt called to a ministry of preaching, teaching, and writing. So I have dedicated my life to these three things,” says Williams.
“My life has been a quest to understand the Truth as God gave me the light to see it and to expound that Truth as He gave me the ability to express it. From lectures to sermons to learned papers, from scholarly treatises to popular articles to poems, from the halls of Western Academia to the huts of rural Africa, everything I have done was a stumbling attempt to pursue that calling.”
He went on to say, “To be recognized as R. A. Forrest Scholar by Toccoa Falls College encourages me to believe that, by God’s grace, not all those efforts in the past were wasted, and to hope that some in the future may be fruitful too. Soli Deo Gloria!” “To God alone be the glory!”
Dr. Williams, who also is professor of English at Toccoa Falls College, holds a BA in English from Taylor University, a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph. D in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from the University of Georgia. He is the author of seven books: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit (Nashville: Broadman, 1994; reprint, Wipf & Stock), Inklings of Reality: Essays toward a Christian Philosophy of Letters (Toccoa Falls College Press, 1996), The Disciple’s Prayer (Christian Publications, 1999; reprint, Wipf & Stock), Mere Humanity: G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and J. R. R. Tolkien on the Human Condition (Broadman, 2006), Credo: Meditations on the Nicene Creed (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2007), The Devil’s Dictionary of the Christian Church (Chalice Press, 2008), and Stars Through the Clouds: The Collected Poetry of Donald T. Williams (Lynchburg: Lantern Hollow Press, 2011).” He has also contributed essays, poems, and reviews to such journals as National Review, Christianity Today, Touchstone, Modern Reformation, The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Philosophia Christi, Theology Today, Christianity and Literature, Christian Scholar’s Review, Mythlore, SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review, Christian Educator’s Journal, Preaching, and Christian Research Journal. Â An ordained minister in the Evangelical Free Church of America with many years of pastoral experience, he has spent several summers in Africa training local pastors for Church Planting International.