J. Rodman Williams ’39, of Virginia Beach, Va., left to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 18.
He was a noted theologian, pastor, author, and professor. Dr. Williams was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson, of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and Columbia University in New York.
He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Marine Corps, taught philosophy and religion at Beloit College in Wisconsin, pastored the First Presbyterian Church of Rockford, Ill., taught theology and philosophy of religion at Austin Presbyterian Seminary in Texas, and served as president and professor of theology at Melodyland School of Theology in Anaheim, Calif.
Beginning in 1982, he taught theology at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Va., and became professor of renewal theology emeritus in 2002.
Although his family rejoices that he now beholds the glory of heaven, he will be deeply missed by his wife, Johanna S. Williams, 608 Fleet Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23454-7307; his daughter, Cindy Pryzmenski; his granddaughter, Laura Kopp (Jesse); his son, David, and grandsons, Seth and Kevin Williams; his sister, Lee Watts (John); and other family members, plus a host of students, friends, and colleagues whom he loved and to whom he continually gave himself.