New diocesan appointment to support parishes

The Revd Canon Philip Williams was licensed as the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham’s first Associate Archdeacon for Transition Ministry, during Choral Evensong in Southwell Minster on Monday 18th September.

This is a new post that will support the diocesan vision for Growing Disciples Wider, Younger Deeper. Bishop Paul Williams said: “I am thrilled that we have been able to make a strong appointment to this new position….Philip’s leadership has combined theological insight and practical wisdom in a way that has been a source of great blessing to new Christians as much as to seasoned clergy.

“He brings gifts as a bible teacher and spiritual mentor, as well as clear organisation, to the task of supporting and guiding parishes that are in various forms of transition, especially during a vacancy… and will make a unique contribution in our commitment to Growing Disciples across the diocese.”

Philip was previously Vicar of St. James Porchester (2002 to 2017), Area Dean of Gedling (2005 – 2017) and Chair of the House of Clergy (2012-2017).

Before serving at Porchester he was the vicar at St. Barnabas, Lenton Abbey (1994-2002) and grew up in Chilwell, at Christ Church, where his father- who was present at the licensing – was the vicar for 16 years.

Philip and his wife, Jane, have two grown-up children, Rob and Sarah. Rob is head of Year 11 at Bluecoat Academy Aspley and Sarah is a Year 2 teacher at Sneinton C of E Primary.

He said: “I was very humbled to be licensed amongst family and friends from around the diocese in the context of the worship of the Minster. As the first Associate Archdeacon for Transition Ministry I look forward to seeing how best I can enable transformation and change.”


Photo: (L-R) Archdeacon of Nottingham, the Ven Sarah Clark; Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Revd Tony Porter; the Revd Canon Philip Williams; Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams; Archdeacon of Newark, the Ven David Picken; Bishop’s Chaplain, the Revd Tom Gillum.

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By Richard Jarvis.