Mission co-worker Richard Williams named YAV Coordinator

August 15, 2012

Richard Williams

Richard Williams has served as a mission co-worker in Colombia since 2009.


Richard Williams has been named as the new Coordinator of the Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He begins his ministry at the Presbyterian Mission Agency in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 1, 2012.

Williams will participate in the YAV Orientation event in late August and the YAV Re-Entry event in September. Current YAV Coordintor Shannon Langley has agreed to work closely with Williams throughout these events and will conclude her service to Presbyterian World Mission at the end of September.

Williams previously served as an international YAV in the Philippines, as well as a national YAV at Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville. He received his Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, served as a pastoral resident at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, and worked as the Director and Campus Minister at the Agape House Campus Ministry at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Since 2009, Richard has served as a PC(USA) mission co-worker with the Presbyterian Church of Colombia in South America through preaching, teaching, providing pastoral care, accompanying the church in their human rights work, and by interpreting the reality of Colombia and the church there to Presbyterians in the United States. 

“We are confident that Richard will help the YAV program enter into a new chapter by building on the program’s considerable strengths and by listening to the passion and calling of young adults to serve Christ in the world,” said Hunter Farrell, Director of Presbyterian World Mission. “We look forward to welcoming Richard to the team and to working with him to build the YAV program. We ask Presbyterians for their prayers and continuing support of this vital program.”

Read more about the Young Adult Volunteer program.

Support Young Adult Volunteers

  1. What good news, that you will head the YAV program. I know that you will spread the good work that you and Mamie did in Colombia all over the world. Your perceptive ministry to our Accompaniers and to the IPC and the displaced has been much appreciated, and now you can apply this to many important intercultural venues. Blessings on your work. Anne Barstow tha

    by Anne Barstow

    September 15, 2012

  2. What wonderful news -- for Richard and for the PCUSA. Blessings abound!

    by Grayson Van Camp

    August 16, 2012