John R. Williams
Reverend John Williams is a native of Kansas City, Kansas and a graduate of Wyandotte High School. Following graduation, he attended Kansas State University where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. In July of 2010, Williams retired from Facilities Management - Kansas Department of Administration, where he served as an Architectural Project Designer for more than 28 years. Following his retirement, Williams was employed by Topeka Public Schools as an Emergency Substitute Teacher and Para-Educator at the Shawnee County Juvenile Detention Center. Williams was elected to the Topeka Public Schools Board of Education in April of 2013. In additional to his current role as a board member, Williams volunteers as a math tutor. He and his wife, a Topeka 1973 graduate, Corliss Williams (Davis), together have five children and ten grandchildren.
Currently, Williams serves as Board of Education Vice-President and as a member of the Equity Council and Personnel Committee.
In the Topeka community, he is a member of Living the Dream, Inc., Golden City Sertoma, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Topeka/Shawnee Riverfront Authority Advisory Council, Boys & Girls Club of Topeka Board of Directors, and The New Beginning Baptist Church, where he serves as Associate Elder/Pastor and Youth Pastor. He is also a member of the National Black Council of School Board Members (NSBA) currently serving as Western Region Director. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Committee of NFUSSD (National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts).
“I believe that a well-rounded education is the gateway to a productive, successful, and gratifying life regardless of one’s socio-economic status. I am deeply humbled and grateful for the awesome privilege of serving the patrons and students of Topeka Public Schools.” –Reverend John Williams