|Dr. J. Philip Williams has directed the Oakwood Adventist Academy Choir since 1999. In addition to directing the choir, Williams is the school’s chaplain and the main religion teacher.
Dr. Williams showed musical ability very early by beginning to play the piano as a toddler. As a teenager, He presented piano concerts in various parts of the U.S. and directed, accompanied, and arranged music for choral and instrumental ensembles. While studying at Oakwood College, Huntsville, AL, he was the accompanist and student director for the Oakwood College Choir. He studied piano performance and theology at Oakwood College where he received the Bachelors of Arts degree.
Ministry in music and the Word have been woven together in his career. Williams served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor/administrator for 15 years in the Southwest Region Conference. For 25 years he has been a music and religion teacher serving in Louisiana, Texas, and Alabama. He has contributed to the SDA hymnbook, We Sing His Praise, been a member of the SDA General Conference youth music committee, a music coordinator for camp meetings and youth congresses, a solo pianist, an accompanist for numerous vocalists and ensembles, a frequent contributor to Adventist youth publications, and is a past minister of music for the Oakwood University SDA Church. Since the age of 10 he has served as pianist, choir director or minister of music for churches of various denominations. He has served as guest conductor and clinician for church and school choirs.
Williams holds master and doctoral level degrees in theology and education. A recipient of many awards, Williams has been recognized as an outstanding teacher by the New Orleans (LA) Public Schools, Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Oakwood University. He is past president of the Madison County Choral Director’s Association and a member of the National Association of Music Teacher.
Williams is married to Cheryl Austin Williams, a math and computer educator. They have three adult sons and six grandchildren.