June 2019   
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Rev. Sonja Williams

Rev. Sonja M. Williams, LCMFT, M.Div.

Rev. Sonja Williams is a native Washingtonian and the daughter of Williams and Solina Johnson.  She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at a young age as a member of Hunter Memorial AME Church, and recommitted her life to Christ on March 25, 1990.  She stands on the promise of God which says “I will lead you and guide you along the best pathway for your life.  I will advise you and watch over you.”  (Psalm 32:8-9a)  She is not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ -- the power of God unto salvation, but is eager to share the testimony of God’s grace, direction and provision in her life.  

She began serving in ministry as the Director of the Singles Ministry of Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church (GMCHC), in Washington, DC.  She relinquished her post as Singles Ministry Director when she married Dwight Williams.  The two then became Directors of the Marriage Ministry of Hope Christian Church (HCC), serving together in ministry for 15 years, prior to joining Reid Temple AME church.  As a member of Reid Temple, Sonja served in leadership in the Marriage Ministry, and the Prayer Ministry before entering ordained ministry.

Rev. Sonja has been involved in the study and the work of enriching marriages for over two decades.  Academically, her undergraduate degree focused on family studies, her Master of Divinity degree focused on pastoral counseling, and her Master of Science degree focused on marriage and family therapy.  As a University of Maryland instructor, she supervised marriage and family therapy graduate students.  While at Johns Hopkins University, she taught the graduate level marriage and family therapy and couples therapy courses.  

Prior to working at Johns Hopkins University as a professor, she worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a psychiatric therapist.  She currently owns two businesses that are dedicated to improving marriage and family relationships and spiritual development:  Sonja Williams and Associates, LLC, and LoveSavers International, Inc. 

Rev. Williams has been married to Dwight Williams for 20 years.  Sonja and Dwight have one ten year old son, and they have a family Dog.    

Rev. Williams is grateful to be a part of the great Christian fellowship at Bethel AME Church, were she currently serves as Assistant to Pastor Wayne E. Bennett.