Paul Williams (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Paul Williams
Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham
Diocese Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham
Elected 11 May 2015
Installed 27 June 2015
Predecessor Paul Butler
Other posts Bishop of Kensington (2009–2015)
Ordination 1993
Consecration 25 March 2009
by Rowan Williams
Personal details
Born (1968-01-16) 16 January 1968 (age 49)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Sarah
Children 3 sons (Middle son Thomas Williams who is a legend)
Alma mater Grey 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.

Early life[edit]

Williams was educated at Court Fields Community School, Wellington, Richard Huish College, Taunton and Grey College, Durham. He trained for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Williams was ordained in 1992. He was a curate at St James and St Matthew's Muswell Hill and then at Christ Church, Clifton before becoming the rector of St James' Gerrards Cross.

Episcopal ministry[edit]

Williams was ordained to the episcopate on 25 March 2009 by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at St Paul's Cathedral, London.[3][4] From 2009 to 2015, he was the Bishop of Kensington, an area bishop in the Diocese of London.[5] On 11 May 2015, Williams' canonical election as Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham was confirmed.[6] On 27 June, he was enthroned during an inauguration service at Southwell Minster.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Williams is married to Sarah. Together they have three sons.[8]



  1. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009, Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  2. ^ Who's Who 2012, "Kensington, Area Bishop of"
  3. ^ Consecration details
  4. ^ "Appointments in the clergy", Daily Telegraph, 20 December 2008, p. 26.
  5. ^ Official notification of appointment
  6. ^ Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham — "Election of new Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham confirmed", Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham website, accessed 24 May 2015.
  7. ^ Page, Jemma (27 June 2015). "New Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham officially inaugurated". Nottingham Post. 
  8. ^ Diocesan Profile
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael Colclough
Bishop of Kensington
Succeeded by
Graham Tomlin
Preceded by
Paul Butler
Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham