Archdeacon of Nottingham Phil Williams

The Revd Canon Phil Williams is the Archdeacon of Nottingham. Phil, who officially took up the appointment on 3rd July, 2019, replaces Sarah Clark, who left to become the Bishop of Jarrow in the Diocese of Durham.

Phil said: “I was delighted to accept Bishop Paul’s invitation to become the next Archdeacon of Nottingham. This diocese has been a special place of formation in my life; moving to Chilwell aged nine, developing as a young Christian and being confirmed at Christ Church, meeting my future wife, Jane, at Bluecoat School, and later serving as vicar at Lenton Abbey and then Porchester.

“Thank you to all those who have shared in my journey and worked alongside me. I am excited about this new phase of ministry and the role that I can play to support and enable disciples of all ages to grow across the archdeaconry.”

With a population of 650,000 the archdeaconry covers the city of Nottingham and its conurbation as well as rural areas in the south of the Diocese. With a Christian presence in every community the role of the archdeacon is to support clergy and lay leaders in helping to develop and implement sustainable plans for mission and growth. This is aligned to an ambitious set of diocesan strategic aspirations for Growing Disciples, which is already bearing fruit in new ways as well as enhancing ongoing ministry in parishes.

Prior to being Associate Archdeacon for Transition Ministry, Phil was the Vicar of St James, Porchester from 2002-2017 and Area Dean for Gedling. He was previously Priest in Charge at St Barnabas Lenton Abbey and for some time Chair of the House of Clergy in Diocesan Synod. He became an Honorary Canon of Southwell Minister in 2011.

He can be contacted:

by email:

via his Southwell Office: 01636 817206
on his mobile: 07850 518504


PA to the Archdeacon
Jo Padmore
01636 817206

Historical Note:

The Archdeacon of Nottingham is one of the most ancient offices in the county, having existed since the 1100s when the county was within the Archdiocese of York. The Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham was founded in 1884, having from that time its own diocesan bishop and cathedral in Southwell Minster. From 1912 the diocese incorporated a new archdeaconry of Newark, with a division of responsibility between those parishes in the north and south of the diocese. While retaining special jurisdiction within the archdeaconries of Nottingham and Newark, today both archdeacons serve the interest and mission of the whole diocese as part of the Bishop’s Senior Team.