The Rev. David A. Williams, B.A., M.Div., D.Min
The Reverend David A. Williams has been Rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church since 2004, prior to that, he has, from 1999 to 2004, the Senior Associate Minister at St. John's Episcopal Church (Georgetown Parish) in Washington, DC.
In a ministry spanning 36 years, Father David was first on the staff of St. John's Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square in Washington, DC, ("The Church of the Presidents") where he also served as Senior Associate Minister. Between the two pastorates, he continued a "dual ministry" as a psychotherapist and interim minister for a variety of parishes in the Washington area. In addition, Father David also functioned as a specialist in congregational development, frequently acting as a consultant for the Diocese of Washington, DC.
He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from DeSales University (the former Allentown College of St. Frances de Sales) in 1969, his Master of Divinity Degree from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1972, as well as his Doctor of Ministry Degree (Psychology and Clinical Studies) in 1973 from the Andover Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. He completed his doctorate as a result of receiving a Kellogg Fellowship. While in Cambridge, Father David also did further post-graduate work at Harvard Divinity School and Boston University School of Sacred Theology. He is a Diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is on the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists.
In Washington, DC, he continued his studies at both the Washington School of Psychiatry (while in private practice), receiving post-graduate certificates in Individual Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, and the Supervision of Psychotherapy. Later, he completed further post-graduate work at Georgetown University where he received a Certificate in Organizational Development. He also taught, along with other clergy in the Washington, DC, community, a course on "The Management of the Religiously Serious Patient" at the Medical School of Georgetown University.
Several years ago, Father David retired from over 20 years in active clinical practice to devote himself full-time to the work that he loves - pastoral ministry. He and his wife, Linda, have been married for 38 years and share their home with their English Cocker Spaniel, Abigail. Father David plays a credible jazz piano and was once a scuba instructor, but prefers now being on the water rather than under it.
Senior Associate Clergy
The Rev. Dr. John Johnson, M.Div., PhD
From 1999 until October 30, 2005, when he retired, Father John was Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, Staten Island, NY. Since his retirement, he has served as priest associate at Old St. Andrew's Parish Church in Charleston. Until his retirement, he has been a member of the Council of the Diocese of New York, an elected group of lay and clergy to advise the bishop of the Diocese and also President of the Richmond County Interparish Council. He has also been a presenter for the past two years at the Borough President's Conference on Alzheimer's disease. He has appeared on local television on the topci of "Alzheimer's, Caregivers, and Spirituality." He presented the Island-wide Lenten Lectures on a "Depth Psychological Exploration of the Great Christian Mysteries." He has also led Vestry Retreats for various New York Parishes.
Father John was born in Augusta, GA, and was raised primarily in Charleston, SC. He is married to Nicole Watts of Beckenham, Kent, in England and has two living sons: William David, an attorney in Charleston, and Kevin Frederick, a security manager for a New York City hotel, and three granddaughters: Cierra, Ashley, and Casey. He graduated from Heidelberg High School in Heidelberg, Germany, with highest honors and was Most Valuable Player on their European championship football team. He graduated magna cum laude from Furman University in Greenville, SC where he played guard and linebacker on the varsity football team, was Editor of the Literary Magazine and president of Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
Following his graduation from the General Theological Seminary in 1960, he became Vicar of St. Peters Church, Great Falls, SC. Later, he completed a PhD in Psychiatry and Religion at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City and joined the faculty at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He later became the Eugene Augustus Hoffman Professor of Pastoral Theology at the General Theological Seminary in New York. During his years at Berkeley/Yale and General Seminary, he completed his training as a Jungian Psychoanalyst in Zurich, Switzerland. In addition to practicing analysis and teaching at the Jung Institute in New York City, he served as Priest Associate at the Church of the Epiphany in New York City and later at Christ Church Riverdale in the Bronx for a number of years. He has published a number of monographs and journal articles: primarily concerned with issues in psychology and theology, with the ordained ministry, and with issues of marriage and sexuality. He also enjoys scuba diving, weight training and cruises to the Caribbean with his wife.
The Rev. Gregory Louis Smith, B.S.
Greg has been the Deacon at St. Stephen's since June of 2007; previously, he served at Old St. Andrews Parish Church from 2004 to 2007 and at Good Shepherd, formally St. Peters Episcopal Church, Charleston, from 1999 until 2004. He was ordained in September 1999. Originally from Denver, Greg is a graduate of Colorado State University and has had a 30-year career in business and organizational development. Since moving to Charleston in 1993, Greg has served numerous nonprofits including positions as Executive Director of Crisis Ministries, a member of the Medical University of South Carolina Internal Review Board, and a director of Healing Farm Ministries, an organization that addresses the needs of families and individuals touched by developmental disabilities. Greg has two grown children: a son, Hayden (wife Katherine), and a daughter, Brooke. Having backpacked around the United States and Canada, Greg has compelted several marathons and now stays fit by working out in a fitness center and likes to read as much as time allows.
Associate Deacon and Poet-in-Residence
The Reverend Capers Limehouse, M.F.A.