George Williams

George is the Assistant Director of Faith-based and Community Initiatives for the Kansas Department for Children and Families. He is a former executive director at the National Center for Fathering with two decades of experience as a father and family researcher, practitioner, master trainer, curricula developer, public speaker and consultant. His passion for the well-being of children has fueled his efforts to create and implement innovative programming and curricula to help men become measurably more effective fathers. Dr. Williams’ presentations and trainings contain powerful dramatizations, poetry and songs that illustrate the challenges of fathers and families and have inspired and helped thousands across the country.

Dr. Williams is a nationally recognized fathering and family expert that has spoken and taught at national conferences including the International Fatherhood Conference, Father and Family Coalition of American Conference, Head Start Institute on Father Involvement Conference, National Association of Basketball Coaches Conference, Annual Fathers Behind Bars Conference, National Welfare Reform Conference and the National PTA Conference. He served on the expert panel of the Strengthening Families with Children Born Out-Of-Wedlock research project conducted by Princeton University and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Williams has testified as an expert fathering witness before a Senate sub-committee, visited the White House to coordinate the First Lady’s visit to his R.E.A.D. to Kids program at a Kansas City elementary school and attended her Helping America’s Youth conference and White House reception.

Dr. Williams is a contributing author to the book, Why Fathers Count and the textbook, Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education, 4th Edition. He has authored numerous curricula including: 365 Everyday Dads, Trauma-Informed Parenting, Quenching the Father Thirst: Developing a Dad, R.E.A.D. (Reconnecting Education and Dads) to Kids, Kauffman Scholars: Males to Men, Cultural Proficiency Enrichment, Kansas Strong Dads-Super Kids, and Kansas HOPE Mentoring. Dr. Williams has appeared on national television as a spokesperson for urban fathering on CNN, CBS and PBS and has appeared in print as a “Phenomenal Father” in Ebony Magazine and in Black Enterprise.

Dr. Williams earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS). He earned his Master of Science degree from Friends University (Wichita, KS) in marriage and family therapy and is a lifetime member in Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. Dr. Williams earned his Ph.D. in family studies at Kansas State University researching the associations between the quality and quantity of biological father involvement and adult child outcomes. He serves as an associate pastor of family life and youth at Cross Point Community Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Williams and Trudy, his wife of thirty-three years, have three sons and a daughter and live in the greater Kansas City area.