Montague Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Church, Culture and Society

Dr. Montague Williams has been a professor at Point Loma Nazarene University since 2017.  Prior to that, he served as the College Chaplain and Chair of the Division of Religion and Philosophy at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts (Boston area).  Embracing practical theological methods, Dr. Williams’ research and teaching seeks to unearth the deep questions that derive from human experience, understand complex situations in both the church and society, and discern what it means for human beings to live faithfully.  Along these lines, he brings a love for the art of teaching and a passion for helping students embrace God’s call on their lives.  He and his spouse, Jennie, live in San Diego with their daughter and enjoy exploring neighborhoods and local restaurants throughout Southern California.


  • Ph.D., Theological Studies, Boston University
  • M.Div., Honors Program, Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • M.A. in Religion, Olivet Nazarene University
  • B.A. in Religion, Olivet Nazarene University

Areas of Expertise

  • Wesleyan Theology
  • Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Ethnography
  • Practical Theology

Courses Taught

  • Ethics
  • The Life of Holiness
  • Compassionate Ministry in Local Contexts
  • Christian Mission in Local Contexts (masters course)
  • Preaching and Teaching the Scripture (masters course)
  • Biblical Perspectives (online course)

Experience in Field

  • Chaplain of the College, Eastern Nazarene College
  • Chair of the Division of Religion and Philosophy, Eastern Nazarene College
  • Director, Summer Institute for the Gifted at Harvard University
  • Youth Pastor and ReThink! Program Coordinator, Kansas City Urban Youth Center
  • Associate Pastor for Youth and Families, Wildwood Church of the Nazarene
  • Ordained as Elder in the Church of the Nazarene

Selected Lectures, Preaching, and Leadership

  • Distinguished Lecturer, Gould Lectures on Holiness, Eastern Nazarene College (Scheduled for Spring 2019)
  • Featured Preacher, NTS Preaching Conference (Scheduled for Fall 2018)
  • Featured Preacher, Youth Becoming Leaders Conference, Asbury University
  • Lecturer, Wesley Community Lecture Series, Trinity United Methodist Church, (2018)
  • Exploration Lab Leader, Forum for Theological Education Regional Discernment Retreat, Minneapolis, MN
  • Co-Host, SheLeads: A Missio Alliance Summit (2017)
  • Preacher, Spiritual Deepening Week, Point Loma Nazarene University (2017)
  • Panelist, USA/Canada Theology Conference, Church of the Nazarene (2016)
  • Panel Moderator, “Police and Community: Can We Work Together?” National Black Nazarene Conference, (2016)
  • Lecturer, Fruin Holiness Conference, Olivet Nazarene University (2016)
  • Panelist, Critical Pedagogy and Meaningful Scholarship, National Gathering of Black Scholars, Ferguson, MO (2015)
  • Preacher and Retreat Guide, Riposo Retreat, Point Loma Nazarene University (2015)
  • Dialogue Facilitator, Global Theology Conferences for the Church of the Nazarene in Johannesburg, South Africa (2014)

Professional and Community Involvement

Professional and Academic Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Wesleyan Theological Society
  • Religious Education Association
  • Association of Youth Ministry Educators

Awards and Honors

  • Harry Hosier Spirit Award, Boston University
  • Teaching Excellence Award, ENC
  • Yearbook Dedication, ENC Class of 2016
  • Servant's Heart Award, NTS
  • Tom Neese Social Justice Paper Award, NTS
  • Presidential Merit Fellowship, NTS

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Youth Ministry, Race, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Beloved Community: A Practical Theological Critique of Post-racialism (PhD Dissertation, Boston University, 2018).
  • “Reformation Today: Moving Forward as Nazarenes,” in Holiness Today Magazine (Fall 2017).
  • “What is the Church?” in Essential Beliefs: A Wesleyan Primer (Beacon Hill Press, 2016).
  • “Holiness and Racial Harmony” in Renovating Holiness (Boise, ID: SacraSage Press, 2015).
  • “Holy Communion on Canfield Drive: Listening, Liturgy, and Learning on a College Group Pilgrimage in Ferguson, Missouri,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Religious Education Association, 2017.
  • “Practicing Hope in a Divided Neighborhood: The Call for Narrative Ecclesiology,” paper presented at the Association of Youth Ministry Educators, October 2016.
  •  “The Use of Scripture in the Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society, March 2010.
  • “Thirst in the Gospel of John,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society, March 2007.