Joel E. Williams

JEWilliams_FacultyPic smallerI grew up in a Presbyterian Church and accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 10 years old. I was very involved with church in middle school (thanks to a great youth pastor) but became “disconnected” during my high school and college years. I met my wife, Leslie, when I was a senior in college and, well, she was instrumental in helping me get “back on track”. We have been married for 15 years now and have 3 children ages 4 (Hannah Kate), 6 (Maura), and 9 (Evan). We are very involved in our church, Concord Baptist, in Anderson, SC. I am a deacon and co-teach a married couple’s Sunday School class and Leslie is an AWANA teacher and helps with Good News Club at a local school. I ask God to give me opportunities to share my faith with students and to pray with them – and He continues to do so.

My Life

  • Friends describe me
    as caring loyal dependable hardworking
  • Hobbies
    Time with family camping/hiking martial arts
  • Fantasy dinner guests
    All of the members of The Avett Brothers (band): Scott, Seth, Bob & Joe
  • In college I drove
    a 1988 Chevy S-10.
  • Worst school subject
  • Best advice I ever got
    From my master's advisor, Dr. Roger Sargent: "Whatever intelligence shortcomings you think you have will be nullified by your work ethic".
  • Favorite city
    Charleston, SC
  • Favorite coffee
    from Costa Rica
  • If I were not a professor, I would
    be a chef or a cook
  • Latest accomplishment
    I was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2012
  • Current research
  • Quote

    "Always give without remembering and receive without forgetting"

Health Science
Clemson University
South Carolina
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