Dr. Avis E. Williams –
Life Coach, Pastor, Mentor, Speaker

Dr. Avis E. Williams is a beloved graduate of Oxford College of Emory University and holds three additional Emory degrees: a BA in Chemistry from Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and both an MDiv and DMin from Candler School of Theology.

Williams was born and raised in Covington, GA, is a graduate of Newton County Comprehensive High School, was one of Oxford College’s earliest African American graduates, and has been a community leader in Newton County and the surrounding area for more than 40 years.  She has led efforts to address health disparities and equity and justice issues in local African American communities, serving on the boards of hospitals and clinics and working to provide access to healthcare in schools and places of worship.

Williams is playing a central role in the Twin Memorials Project, hosting community meetings to solicit input for memorials to be erected on Emory’s Oxford and Atlanta campuses to honor enslaved individuals who labored to build the original campus at Oxford.  Williams herself is a descendant of enslaved persons who lived and worked in Oxford and Covington, and she has courageously brought together other members of the descendant community to partner with Emory in the important work of restorative justice.

Williams is the owner of a Newton County environmental, health, and safety consulting firm, which provides training for federal, state, and local agencies and performed Phase I Environmental Site assessments.  She also currently serves as the Community Liaison for the Putnam County Charter School System, building and strengthening family and community partnerships.  She is a former member of the Keep Covington and Newton Beautiful committee and chair of the Sandhill/Tex Alley Community Reunion program.

In partnership with Oxford, Williams founded and directed a mentoring and tutoring program from 2004-2010, where Oxford students tutored elementary and middle school students every week.  She is a former member of the Oxford College Alumni Board and has been an active alumna for decades.

Areas of specialized interest include:

Environmental Theology and Restorative Justice



Diversity and Equity



Leadership Development




Inner Growth and Spiritual Development