Meet the Author


Russell T. Williams


Russell Williams, a native Californian, is a graduate of the University of Southern California, earning a bachelor’s degree of the Arts in 1968. He completed a master’s degree in Education from California State University in Los Angeles while teaching the educationally handicapped in South El Monte, California from 1970-1973. In the mid-1970’s, he experienced two years of post-graduate education in theological studies before beginning a twenty-three year professional career in church ministry in 1973.

A life skills, character educator and minister for thirty-five years, Mr. Williams brings a rich professional background in public speaking, teaching, workshop presentation and spiritual life discovery to the seven Passkeys life values that guide his personal and professional life. Those life values are: personal responsibility, positive self-worth, purpose, plan, paying the price, partnership and persistence.

Mr. Williams is the founder and president of Passkeys Foundation, a publicly supported foundation created in 1979. The foundation is a 501(c)(3); 509(a)(1) non-profit organization which began its full time work in 1996 with a mission of presenting character education programs and publications to serve children, youth, adults and the professional community.

Mr. Williams writes the FINISH LINE character education column for two community newspapers in California and Massachusetts. Additionally, the weekly article is emailed nationally to approximately 1000 educators, community leaders, parents and coaches.

Mr. Williams serves on the Advisory Board of the Orange County Department of Education’s Character Education Institute.

Russell and his wife, Judy, have been married forty years. They have four adult children and two grandchildren. They reside in Mission Viejo, CA.

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