The Rev. Tracy Julian Williams, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, Texas, will visit University of the Ozarks during the week of Oct. 10-14 as part of the University's Pastoral Study Leave Program.
The Rev. Tracy Julian Williams, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bay City, Texas, will visit Ozarks on the week of Oct. 10 as part of the Pastoral Study Leave Program.
Rev. Williams will lead the University’s weekly Chapel Service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Munger-Wilson Chapel.
A native of Springdale, Ark., Williams earned a degree from the University of Arkansas in international economics and business. She worked in accounting for 20 years until she says, "God slapped me up the back of the head and I finally answered the call to ministry."
Williams graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2007 and began serving Harmony Presbyterian Church in Harmony, Ark., that year. She served that church until it was hit by a tornado in May of 2011. Shortly after that she married her husband, Bruce, a 1943 graduate of Ozarks, and moved to West Columbia, Texas. They are both members of New Covenant Presbytery.
The Pastoral Study Leave Program was established in 2005 by the late Rev. Dr. James R. Struthers of Stillwater, Okla., a long-time member of the University’s Board of Trustees. Struthers established the program to bring Presbyterian pastors to the U of O campus for personal and professional development. Williams is the 20th visiting pastor to take part in the program.