Bishop Paul Williams
Bishop Paul grew up in Somerset and studied at Durham University before training for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, having first considered becoming a priest in his teens.
His late mother Heather, who in 1994 became one of the first women to be ordained as a priest in the Church of England, was a unique inspiration to him: “She was the most significant influence on my own faith and call to ordained ministry.”
Paul served his curacy in North London at St James, Muswell Hill, from 1992 to 1995 and then as Associate Vicar at Christ Church, Clifton, Bristol, to 1999, working especially with students from across the city. From 1999 to 2009 he was the Rector of St James, Gerrards Cross in South Buckinghamshire, where the church saw significant growth and became a creative hub for mission in the region.
Since 2009 Paul has been the Bishop of Kensington, overseeing the Church’s mission across a diverse and dynamic part of West London covering six boroughs. During this time he has been particularly involved in planting new churches and pioneering new forms of leadership training, notably with younger leaders. Paul’s experience of ministry among children and young people also led to the establishment of an innovative team working in secondary schools across in the West London.
To watch a video message from Bishop Paul follow this link http://youtu.be/7wiuxIv6sKs Watch a video clip of his day in the diocese here:
Paul is married to Sarah and they have three sons: Edward, Thomas, and Joseph. They are also foster carers in their local borough and are deeply engaged in the wider issues relating to the care of looked-after children.
In his spare time Paul enjoys various sports, especially cricket and football, as well as running with his teenage sons. He has wide musical tastes, with a special affection for jazz and blues.