Rev. Jenn Stiles Williams was appointed as a trustee to Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., in the spring to represent Bishop Ken Carter, who is an ex officio member of the board. She graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology. She went on to get her Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.
She said she is excited about the opportunity to serve her alma mater, one of the nation’s oldest women’s colleges, which she credits with empowering her to believe she can use her gifts to help others in need.
“They have an amazing capacity to challenge women beyond an education and academics … to understand who they are and their ability to make a difference in the world,” Stiles Williams said. “It [Wesleyan] stands for United Methodist values.”
Stiles Williams said her experience at Wesleyan provided a foundation for her role as executive pastor at St. Luke’s UMC, Orlando, a congregation with many outreach ministries that benefit the community. She was appointed to St. Luke’s in 2007.
She grew up in Florida, and was influenced to attend Wesleyan by retired Bishop Charlene Kammerer, formerly of Florida, who also went to school there.
Stiles Williams said she hopes to forge a stronger connection between Wesleyan and Florida residents. She said there are scholarships available to young women from Florida.