Born in Washington, DC, in 1932, the author began school in a two-room country school in upstate New York. In that time before World War II, Niskayuna County was rural. Renting a farm house on the Mohawk River, the family had access to the river. One of the author's chores was to feed the worm farm with used coffee grounds. Rowing out to an island one day, proved to be a disaster when the author got back after dark. Let's just say he did not do that again!
After living in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the family moved to Alexandria, Virginia, and the author entered George Washington High School (now a middle school). Running in cross country and track provided some valuable lessons in life. Coach "Fitz" Fitzgibbons would get teams to school early to watch films of races in the Olympics, and he would stress the styles of running. He set the tone for the teams when he said, "Even if the referees don't see you cheating by elbowing or tripping, if I see you, you are off the team."
The author attended Virginia Military Institute and graduated from Washington and Lee University, both of which are in Lexington, Virginia. In between his junior and senior years in the university, the author served as a student minister at Second Presbyterian Church in Petersburg, Virginia. There he met and courted Virginia Crowder, and they were married the following summer. He was in the U.S. Army for two years at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After graduating from seminary in Austin, Texas, the Williams (Art, Ginny and sons, Harlan and Don) went to serve a two-church field in Arkansas. Then the Williams moved to serve a church in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. After a year in graduate study at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Williams went to serve another church in the Shenandoah Valley, and daughter Jean was with them. He received
the degree of Doctor of Theology from Johannes
Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. They moved to the coast of North Carolina, then to West Virginia, and finally back to Virginia, where the author retired. They have three children and five grandchildren.
With others, the author submitted "One New Man, A Symbol of Faith in 1970" to the Synod of Virginia, Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (Minutes, May 26-28, 1970, pp. 87-90), and it was adopted by the Synod as a statement "that false theological teaching about racism needs to be exposed to the light of the gospel." Publications by the author include "The Trinity and Time," Scottish Journal of Theology (Vol. 39 No. 1, 1986, pp. 65-81; and "Theology in an Eschatological Matrix," Scottish Journal of Theology (Vol. 42 No. 3, 1989, pp. 289-302). The author translated (from German to English) "Dimensions of Time" by Wolfgang Achtner et al. (ISBN 0-8028-4998-9), and it was published in 2002 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
Since retiring in 1994, the author has served part-time as pastor of small churches in Virginia. His other activities have included amateur radio, fishing and boating (taking boating classes up through celestial navigation), reading, writing and gardening.