Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn., announces writer/storyteller-in-residence


Rev. Dr. Michael Williams

Martin Methodist College (MMC) in Pulaski, Tennessee, has announced an addition to its staff this fall: Rev. Dr. Michael Williams as writer/storyteller-in-residence.

“Michael Williams is a master storyteller, a scholar, and a person who is grounded in rural America,” said Chairman of the MMC Board of Trustees Byron Trauger. “We expect that combination to produce mighty works at Martin Methodist College.”

Williams is retiring after 43 years of service as a member of the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church. 

Williams will work with students, faculty and administration in an array of programs. He will help the campus community relate narrative to the interpersonal, instructional and institutional spheres of life at MMC in the hope that narrative will enhance the entire curriculum of the college, said an April media release from MMC. 

Williams is also the author of 23 books, including the 13-volume Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible series. In addition, he has published numerous poems, essays, and stories in books and journals. Twice, he has been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival and has taught for The National Institute of Storytelling. 

He has degrees from Vanderbilt University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminar, and Northwestern University, and has served as adjunct faculty for Vanderbilt Divinity School, Drew Theological Seminary, Iliff School of Theology, the Pacific School of Religion and Wesley Theological Seminary. He has taught continuing education classes and Course of Study classes for Candler School of Theology. 

"I realized early on that I was called to tell stories and help other people tell stories,” Williams said. “I am delighted by the prospect of working alongside the students, faculty and administration at Martin Methodist College as I continue to live out that calling and to help form the vision and life of the college around narrative."

Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with The United Methodist Church. It offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing.