Meet Fletcher's President - Donald D. Williford


Dr. Don Williford

Donald D. Williford is the Founding President of Fletcher Seminary. He formerly served as Dean of the Logsdon School of Theology and Logsdon Seminary at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He is a graduate of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, where he earned the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with teaching fields in Mathematics and Physical Education. He completed his graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, receiving the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament Studies. Dr. Williford served twenty-five years on the faculty of the Hardin-Simmons University where he has served in numerous capacities in addition to his teaching. He served two years as Church Relations Director of Hardin-Simmons University, seven years as Associate Provost, one year as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, and one year as Interim Dean of the Logsdon School of Theology and Logsdon Seminary prior to his appointment as Dean on June 1, 2011. Dr. Williford retired from Hardin-Simmons May 31, 2017. Prior to joining the faculty of Hardin-Simmons University, Dr. Williford served as the Pastor of First Baptist Church of Brownwood, Texas for ten years. His work experience also includes serving as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Eldorado, Texas and as Associate Pastor of Birdville Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas for almost seven years. Dr. Williford has also served as Interim Pastor of more than a dozen churches, including First Baptist Church of Abilene. He has also served on numerous commissions and committees of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Administrative Staff


Fletcher’s graduate and certificate program faculty are gifted ministry practitioners and scholars from a variety of faith traditions. Each individual listed below is either teaching for Fletcher at present, or has agreed to teach for Fletcher in the scope and sequence of our programs.  


Dr. Don Williford

Biblical Studies
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
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Dr. Susan Douglas

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care
  • Episcopal Church (USA)
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Dr. Kan’dace Brock

Practical Theology, Spiritual Formation
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Jonathan Davis

Dr. Jonathan Davis

Ministry Leadership, Practical Theology
  • Alliance of Baptist & Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
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Rev. Zach Lambert

Church and Culture, Ministry Leadership
  • Post-Evangelical Collective
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Dr. Dan Stiver

Church History, Theology
  • Alliance of Baptist & Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
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Dr. Sarah Neeley

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, Ethics
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Katie Ivey

Rev. Katie Ivey

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Miche Van Essen

Miche van Essen

Practical Theology
  • Reformed Judaism
Fred Smith

Dr. Fred Smith

Methodist Studies, Practical Theology, Public Theology
  • United Methodist Church
Jonathan LeMaster Smith

Dr. Jonathan LeMaster Smith

Christian Education, Methodist Studies, Practical Theology
  • United Methodist Church
Vanessa Gill

Vanessa Gill, LPC

Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Episcopal Church (USA)
Rick Diamond

Dr. Rick Diamond

Practical Theology, Spiritual Formation
  • United Methodist Church
Nelson Hayashida

Dr. Nelson Hayashida

Interfaith Leadership, Spirituality, World Religions
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Dr. Margot Ann Perez-Greene

Administrative Leadership, Christian Education, Ministry Leadership
  • United Methodist Church
Bishop Johnson

Bishop Alfred Johnson

Methodist Studies, Practical Theology, Urban Ministry
  • United Methodist Church
Ellis Orzco

Dr. Ellis Orozco

Ministry Leadership, Preaching, Public Theology
  • Baptist
David Little

David Little, J.D.

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, Ethics
  • Baptist
Bob Ellis

Dr. Bob Ellis

Biblical Studies, Hebrew
  • Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Fran Tilton Shelton

Dr. Fran Tilton Shelton

Pastoral Care and Counseling, Spiritual Formation, Spirituality