Dr. Brian A. Williams is Dean of the Templeton Honors College and Assistant Professor of Ethics & Liberal Studies. Before coming to Eastern, he was Lecturer in Theology and Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford and Director of “Oxford Conversations,” a collection of curated video interviews with leading Christian academics and scholars at Oxford.
He holds an MPhil and DPhil in Christian Ethics from the University of Oxford (UK), where he was a Clarendon Scholar; an MA and ThM in Systematic and Historical Theology from Regent College (Vancouver, Canada); and a BA in Biblical Studies from Ozark Christian College (Joplin, MO).
His current research examines the tradition of Didascalic Christian Humanism, focusing on the works of Hugh of St. Victor, Philip Melanchthon, and John Henry Newman. Dr. Williams’ broader academic interests include virtue ethics; Christian and Muslim political thought; Karl Barth’s theology and politics; political forgiveness; Dante Alighieri’s Commedia; and the intersection of Moral Theology and Social Anthropology. His first book, The Potter’s Rib, explores the theology and practice of pastoral formation through mentoring in the history of the church.
Dr. Williams has also taught Theology, Philosophy, and Literature at Cair Paravel Latin School (Topeka, KS); was Theologian-in-Residence at First Presbyterian Church PCUSA (Topeka, KS); led Quo Vadis Travel Seminars to destinations throughout Europe and the United States; was the Distance Education Instructor in Theology for Regent College (Vancouver); and has experience in several fields of business.
He is married to Kim Williams and has three children: Ilia, Brecon, and Maeve.