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Bethany & Matthew Williams

Bethany Haley Williams is the Founder and Executive Director of Exile International. With a PhD in Counseling Psychology and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work, she is a leader in the specialized field of war-affected child rehabilitation with organizations such as the United Nations. She sits on the advisory council of the Global Trauma Recovery Institute. Having 20 years of experience working with emotionally wounded children around the world, her passion rises from finding beauty in brokenness. She is the author of the book The Color of Grace. Bethany and her husband, Matthew, lead the work of Exile International together. 



​Matthew Williams is the Director of Operations for Exile International. His passions for Christ, justice, and restoration led him to work at the intersection of counseling and social justice. In 2011, he completed his Master’s in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Trauma. He has served trauma survivors in the U.S., Uganda, Congo, Rwanda, Indonesia, and Cambodia. Matthew has led trauma care trainings at the United Nations in Congo and for various African NGOs. He and his wife, Bethany, reside in Nashville and lead Exile together. 

Launched in response to devastating wars in D.R. Congo and Uganda — where more than 100,000 children have been abducted— Exile International has provided life-changing, Christ-centered care to over 5,100 child survivors of children.  Through holistic care programs addressing the needs of the spirit, mind, and body, rescued child soldiers and orphaned children are being restored. Additionally, young survivors are being empowered to become leaders for peace through education, discipleship, and leadership development.   Focusing on replication driven by graduate-led programs — EI aims to provide healing & hope to 100,000 child survivors of war by 2040. Empowering survivors to become leaders who transform communities for Christ and break cycles of poverty and violence.

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