Angela and George Williamson of Brookhaven, Georgia, are among the latest donors to provide a leadership gift for the School of Theology building project and relocation. The Williamsons are deeply involved in the life of the church in the Diocese of Atlanta, and George is a trustee of the University, representing that owning diocese.
An important part of their direct connection with Sewanee has been participation in the EfM Program. “In many ways, Education for Ministry changed my spiritual life,” says Angela Williamson. “It has made a huge difference in my faithbased volunteer work.”
The Williamsons have made their gift through a required IRA disbursement in an arrangement that allows donors to make a gift directly to a charity of their choice. “Our lives are blessed and much of that blessing has to do with our relationship with the Church,” says Angela. “We have three children and eight grandchildren, and they are still involved with the Church as well. It is important to us to invest in the future of the Church by becoming involved in this project.”
The Williamsons’ generous commitment joins that of others who are connected to Sewanee through the Beecken Center of the School of Theology. Along with creating new classroom spaces, the project will include administrative spaces as well as classrooms for the Beecken Center. Another feature will be housing for visiting mentors and faculty of new programs as well as visiting scholars. The gift is made in honor of Angela Williamson and Neil Alexander, dean of the School of Theology.