Ronceverte Charge of the United Methodist Church: Elizabeth Chapel & Trinity
Monday, August 19, 2019

Our Pastor's Page, Rev. Dr. Felica Wooten Williams

Next week’s scripture lessons:         Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Felica Wooten Williams,


Felica Wooten Blanks, Ph.D., C.F.R.M.

Rev. Dr. Felica Wooten Williams is an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church (UMC). She currently serves as Pastor of Trinity UMC and Elizabeth Chapel UMC in Ronceverte, West Virginia. She has served as Pastor of John Stewart UMC (Bluefield), Simpson Memorial UMC (Charleston) and St. Stephens UMC (Charleston); the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the West Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church (WVUMC); Campus Pastor at Bluefield State College (BSC) in Bluefield, WV and she has served on the ministerial staff of Heart of God Ministries in Beckley, WV. She was employed at BSC for eighteen years and was the Executive Director of Academic Outreach Programs with responsibilities for projects such as the Emerging Leaders Institute, the Regents Bachelor of Arts degree program, and Title III Administration. She is co-founder and a former President of the Bluefield State College Research and Development Corporation. Additionally, she was the Interim President of New River Community and Technical College who led NRCTC through its initial accreditation. She was Executive Director of the BSC Foundation and the Executive Director of Institutional Development and Advancement, supervising alumni affairs, sponsored programs, fundraising, grants, contracts, research initiatives, developing intellectual properties, and scholarships. She also taught in the undergraduate and graduate levels of higher education in the fields of­­ banking, finance, education, humanities, and organizational leadership at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech), Bluefield State College, West Virginia Institute of Technology at Oak Hill, The College of West Virginia and Mountain State University.

                Dr.  Williams earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from Virginia Tech in 2000. Her doctorate is in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with majors in Higher Education Administration and College Student Development along with a cognate in Public Administration and Public Affairs. Dr. Williams holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Marshall University with a major in Adult and Technical Education with emphases in Technical Curriculum and Evaluation. Dr. Williams was a Presidential Scholar at United Theological Seminary (UTS) and earned a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Church Renewal in 2011.  She was the recipient of the 2011 August Thomas Memorial award at UTS. She majored in business management at WVUIT and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986. She holds a degree in Business Administration and a degree in Banking and Finance from Mountain State University. She achieved the Certificate of Fund Raising Management (CFRM) from The Fund Raising School of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. She also earned a curriculum development certification from The Ohio State University.

She has more than twenty-five years of experience as a non-profit management consultant providing leadership training, curriculum design, strategic planning and organizational development services to government entities and tax-exempt organizations. She promotes economic development and engenders self-sufficiency among low-income disadvantaged citizens particularly in central Appalachia. Dr. Williams' research agenda includes projects on church leadership, designing intervention programs, civic involvement, domestic violence, leadership, ministry design, and best practices in non-profit management. She writes poetry and is particularly proud of her published poem entitled The Silent Disability, which depicts her experience as a hearing-impaired person.  She has written A Youth Leadership Curriculum and her current writing project expands her poetic prayer, ­A Litany for the College and the World, into a book about prayer in the collegiate environment.

                Dr. Felica Wooten Williams has been involved with numerous civic organizations such as Rotary International and chaired the Business Creation and Retention Subcommittee of the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce. She served on various trustee boards including that of Mercer Health Right, the Girl Scouts of the Black Diamond Council, the NASA-West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Glenwood Park Retirement Village, and West Virginia Wesleyan College. She currently chairs the WVUMC Commission on Religion and Race and serves on the Nominations Committee and the Committee on Investigations. She has worked on several other WVUMC teams such as the Develop Team, the Midland South District Lead Team, and the Greater Charleston Cooperative Parish. She and her husband, Denis Williams, have three sons: Christopher Williams, Nathaniel Blanks, and Micah Blanks.