Reverend Dr. Sonja B. Williams
The Reverend Dr. Sonja B. Williams is a dynamic scholar and teacher who continually cares for and inspires others in the academy, church, and healing professions, all while working in the areas of social justice, caregiving, and administration. As a practical theologian, Sonja examines and reflects on religious practices within community and learning contexts, imparting her own brand of advocacy, teaching, and service that works for liberation, justice, and compassion. She passionately believes in theology’s power to transform lives, particularly when it means working for the equality of all persons and communities.
Currently, Sonja serves as the Dean of Students and is Visiting Professor of Practical Theology at Eden Theological Seminary, where she encourages a campus culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. An advocate for student success, she works for new academic programming and collaborates with campus partners to ensure the highest academic levels for the students she serves.
Recently, Sonja launched a Black owned retreat, counseling, and consultation center designed to produce safe spaces and educational opportunities called BlkPracTLogy. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, this service was designed as a safe haven for helping individuals and groups explore oppressive behaviors, self-care, and ways to decolonize. With BlkPracTLogy, Sonja works toward an inclusive future for Black lives and empowering marginalized communities.