Rev. Cassandra D. Carkuff Williams, Ed.D.
American Baptist Home Mission Societies
Work Phone: 800.222.3872, x2459
Casey Williams brings extensive education and years of practical experience to her work with American Baptist Home Mission Societies. More than a decade of pastoral experience in American Baptist churches has given Williams a high regard for and strong understanding of the ministry of local congregations, which serves to keep her mission focused and real.
“Our job at the national level is to support local churches as they work to share the gospel and transform the world through mature followers of Christ,” says Williams.
As director for Discipleship Ministries, Williams works with a team of colleagues to develop events, workshops and other resources that are biblically grounded and educationally sound. To effectively carry out this mission, she seeks to learn what kind of resources will best support the discipleship efforts of local and regional leaders. Williams first came to Valley Forge in 2004, fulfilling a dual role as managing editor for Judson Press and as American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ resource coordinator for Discipleship and Transformation.
“Our churches are diverse. That’s one of our greatest strengths. It also presents a challenge as we try to identify and develop resources that will work in our congregations,” says Williams. “We have to know what church leaders want and then we need to take multiple routes—connecting users, training trainers, developing new resources, and brokering and adapting materials from others—to meet the wide range of needs that are represented in our American Baptist family.”
An author and contributor to several books and journals, Williams’ popular book “Learning the Way: Reclaiming Wisdom from the Earliest Christian Communities” reveals her commitment to Christian discipleship that encompasses all of life and is formed throughout the entire life of the church. She has particular interests in quality Bible study, children and animals, and is a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.
- Ed.D., Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Va.
- Th.M., Biblical Studies, Union Seminary, Richmond, Va.
- M.Div., Eastern (Palmer) Theological Seminary, Wynnewood, Pa.
- B.A., Speech Pathology and Audiology, State University of New York, Cortland, N.Y.
- Managing editor, Judson Press, Valley Forge, Pa.
- Invited Fellow of the Oxford University Centre for Animals and Ethics
- Acquisitions editor, Bridge Resources/Witherspoon Press, Louisville, Ky.
- Contract editor, Westminster/John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky.
- Editor and writer, Bible Quest and We Believe curriculum series
- Lecturer, Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Va.
- Co-pastor, the York-Mumford Parish, ABC of Pastor, First Baptist Church of Canisteo, N.Y.
- Speech Consultant, Head Start Program, Chenango County, N.Y.
- Joined American Baptist Home Mission Societies as managing editor and resource coordinator for Discipleship: August 2004
- Appointed national coordinator, Discipleship Resource Development: September 2006
- Ordained: Sept. 1984
- Birthday: April 26
HOME MISSION HIGHLIGHTS:
- To talk about nurturing disciples, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.ABC.3USA, x2459.
- Children, Poverty, and the Bible: a five-part Bible study for weekly meetings, multi-day events or all-day retreats, a resource was written by Williams that explores the call of Scripture to uplift and care for children and the poor, is available free of charge. Visit judsonpress.com or call 800.4JUDSON (800.458.3766) and ask for resource #4829.
- To download American Baptist Home Mission Societies Workshops for Church Life and Leadership, visit the Web site at abhms-usa.org/resources/workshops/. Some are available in Spanish.