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ABC/CR Executive Minister Dr. John Williams to Speak at Ottawa University’s Norwood Jones Convocation Series

Ottawa, Kan. – Dr. John Williams, Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches/Central Region (ABC/CR), will speak at Ottawa University’s annual Norwood Jones Convocation Series, March 1-2, at Ottawa University, 1001 S. Cedar Street, Ottawa. The event is complimentary and open to the public, though registration is encouraged at http://www.ottawa.edu/fredrikson-center/programming/norwood-jones-convocation-series/current-events.

Dr. Williams will speak on “A Focused Life in a Blurred World” Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schendel Conference Center; a reception will follow. On Thursday, March 2 at 11 a.m., he will speak during OU’s weekly chapel service held in the Hasty Conference Room.

Dr. Williams began his role as ABC/CR Executive Minister on January 1, 2008. With a desire to be engaged in an ongoing partnership with Central Region clergy and churches to strengthen the healthy witness and ministry for Christ in Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma, he works to reinforce relationships and engender new excitement for the ABC mission and ministry together.

He has served as pastor of three American Baptist churches in Kansas from 1974-1999 in Leavenworth, Wichita and Garden City, and as Western Area Minister for the ABC/CR from 1999-2007. He also works with the Region Council on Ministry, serves as a regional liaison to the ABC/USA, and serves on the Boards of Directors/Trustees of Bethel Neighborhood Center, Central Baptist Seminary, Ottawa University, Central Region Camp & Conference Corporation, Camp Christy Corporation, and Victory Village Christian Academy.

Dr. Williams earned his B.A. from Fresno Pacific College in Fresno, Calif. He received his M.Div. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kan., in 1978. He has completed the Doctor of Ministry program at Drew University. Dr. Williams and his wife Connie are members of First Baptist Church, Lawrence.

This annual series is made possible through the Norwood L. Jones Convocation Fund, which was established in 1973 by Mr. and Mrs. Norwood L. Jones, Carolyn Jones Fletcher, and Anne J. Mills. The fund enables Ottawa University to invite distinguished individuals to campus to stimulate and inspire students in their religious life and involvements. Dr. Williams’ seminars are also sponsored by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.