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Paul Williams (bishop)

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Paul Williams
Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Southwell and Nottingham
In office2015–present
PredecessorPaul Butler
Other post(s)Bishop of Kensington (2009–2015)
Ordination1992 (deacon); 1993 (priest)
by David Hope (deacon)
Consecration25 March 2009
by Rowan Williams
Personal details
Born (1968-01-16) 16 January 1968 (age 54)
ResidenceBishop's Manor, Southwell[1]
(m. 1997)
Alma materGrey College, Durham

Paul Gavin Williams (born 16 January 1968) is a Church of England bishop.[1][2] Since May 2015, he has been the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham; from 2009 to 2015, he was the Bishop of Kensington, an area bishop in the Diocese of London.[3]

Early life

Paul Williams was born to Bryan and Heather Williams on 16 January 1968 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England. He was educated in Somerset at Court Fields School, a comprehensive school in Wellington, and at Richard Huish College, a sixth-form college in Taunton. He studied theology at Grey College, Durham, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1989. He trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, an evangelical Anglican theological college.[2] Paul Williams’s mother, Heather, was one of the first women to be ordained priest at Wells Cathedral in 1994. His father was an electrical engineer.

Ordained ministry

Paul Williams was ordained a deacon at Petertide on 28 June 1992 by David Hope, Bishop of London, at St Paul's Cathedral[4] and ordained a priest in 1993. He was a curate at St James with St Matthew's Muswell Hill (1992–1995) and then Associate Vicar at Christ Church, Clifton in Bristol (1995–1999) before becoming the rector of St James's Gerrards Cross with Fulmer (1999–2009).[2] During this time the church saw considerable growth, with six Sunday services spanning contemporary to traditional choral; also a pioneering children’s ministry with creative arts. Paul Williams was an honorary canon of Christ Church, Oxford from 2007-09.

Episcopal ministry

Paul Williams was ordained (consecrated) to the episcopate on 25 March 2009 by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral, London.[5][6] From 2009 to 2015, he was the Bishop of Kensington, an area bishop in the Diocese of London.[7] Alongside his oversight of 130 churches in West London he also had diocesan responsibility for ministry training and leadership development. On 11 May 2015, Paul Williams' canonical election as Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham was confirmed.[8] He was installed as diocesan bishop during an inauguration service on 27 June 2015 at Southwell Minster.[9]

Personal life

Paul married Sarah (nee Cossham) at Christ Church, Clifton in February 1997; they have three sons. [10]



  1. ^ a b "Paul Gavin Williams". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Williams, Paul Gavin". Who's Who. Vol. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 June 2017. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ "Paul Gavin Williams". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Ordinations at Petertide". Church Times. No. 6751. 3 July 1992. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 3 July 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ Consecration details
  6. ^ "Appointments in the clergy", Daily Telegraph, 20 December 2008, p. 26.
  7. ^ Official notification of appointment Archived 2009-12-07 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham — "Election of new Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham confirmed", Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham website, accessed 24 May 2015.
  9. ^ Page, Jemma (27 June 2015). "New Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham officially inaugurated". Nottingham Post. Archived from the original on 28 June 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  10. ^ Diocesan Profile Archived 2012-02-05 at the Wayback Machine
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Kensington
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham
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