Education for Ministry—Making a Life-Long Connection

Angela and George Williamson of Brookhaven, Georgia, are deeply involved in the life of the Church in the Diocese of Atlanta. George is a trustee of the University, representing that owning diocese within the governance of the University. Furthermore, the Williamsons are among the latest donors to provide a leadership gift for the School of Theology building project and relocation.

An important part of their direct connection with the School of Theology has been through the Education for Ministry (EfM) program. “In many ways, EfM changed my spiritual life,” says Angela Williamson, a graduate of the program. “It has made a huge difference in my faith-based volunteer work.”

The Williamsons have made their gift through a required IRA disbursement in an arrangement that allows donors to make a gift directly to a charity of their choice. “Our lives are blessed, and much of that blessing has to do with our relationship with the Church,” says Angela. “We have three children and eight grandchildren, and they are all involved with the Church as well. It is important to us to invest in the future of the church by becoming involved in this project.” 

The Williamsons’ generous commitment joins that of others who have made gifts to the University’s Stronger Truer Sewanee capital campaign. As part of the campaign, the School of Theology’s new building will be relocated to the center of the campus. Along with creating new classroom spaces, the project will include administrative spaces and informal meeting spaces for both the seminary and Beecken Center. An exciting new element to the design includes lodging for visiting for visitors and participants of the varied programs that the Beecken Center offers.

The gift was made in honor of Angela Williamson and the Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, dean of the School of Theology, who is a close personal friend of the family.