Dr. Rachel Williams-Smith is an educator, writer, and communicator who is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of others. She serves as Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication at Southern Adventist University, and she is wife, mother, author, and speaker. She holds degrees in Communication (Ph.D.), Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), English (MA), and Language Arts Education (BS).

In her book, Born Yesterday: The True Story of a Girl Born in the 20th Century but Raised in the 19th (Pacific Press), Dr. Williams-Smith shares her incredible and profoundly moving life story of growing up in extreme circumstances and teaches us that transformation is within reach, no matter what the challenge. From living in a bus without modern conveniences and wearing long dresses and bonnets, to earning two doctoral degrees, her life has been full of unusual twists and contradictions. 

Dr. Williams-Smith’s candid communication style allows her to speak openly and practically about her experiences, captivating audiences and enabling them to apply what she has learned to their own lives. Her story challenges people to not give up, to not lose hope, and to believe that new beginnings are possible.