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 postsBishop 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 51)
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, United Kingdom
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[edit]

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 Community 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]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Williams was made a deacon at Petertide 1992 (28 June) 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 and St Matthew's Muswell Hill (1992–1995) and then at Christ Church, Clifton (1995–1999) before becoming the rector of St James's Gerrards Cross (1999–2009).[2]

Episcopal ministry[edit]

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] On 11 May 2015, Williams' canonical election as Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham was confirmed.[8] On 27 June, he was enthroned during an inauguration service at Southwell Minster.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Williams married in 1997 and they have three children.[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. 2017 (November 2016 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 June 2017. closed access publication – behind paywall
  3. ^ "Paul Gavin Williams". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Ordinations at Petertide (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#6751). 3 July 1992. p. 4. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 3 July 2017. (Subscription required (help)).
  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.
  10. ^ Diocesan Profile Archived 2012-02-05 at the Wayback Machine
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael Colclough
Bishop of Kensington
Succeeded by
Graham Tomlin
Preceded by
Paul Butler
Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham