Weston man to be Bishop of Kensington

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 January 2009 | UPDATED: 09:53 25 May 2010

A WESTON-BORN clergyman is set to become the country's youngest Bishop.

A WESTON-BORN clergyman is set to become the country's youngest Bishop.

Paul Williams will take up the position in Kensington after a ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral.

The 40-year-old, who was christened at St Nicholas Church in Uphill, will be consecrated on March 25.

He said: "I'm pleased that I will be able to use my skills to help people in a wide area of London, regardless of my age.

"I was born in Weston and St Nicholas Church is where it all began for me.

"I've been working as a parish rector for 16 years and it will be great to be able to work on a much wider basis."

Heather Williams, his 66-year-old delighted mother, has served as a vicar across Weston for around a decade.

The former vicar of St Andrew's Church on the Bourneville estate said: "I know he will have the qualities to make a good bishop and he's already shown those.

"I'm really delighted, because he's a very caring man, who has a real talent for working with youngsters.

"It makes me so proud that he has reached the position at such a relatively young age."

Prebendary Williams and her husband Bryan, a 73-year-old electrical engineer, live in Cliff Road in Worlebury.

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, welcomed Canon Williams' appointment and said his skills are what is required in the diverse communities of West London.

Canon Williams' new patch will stretch from Kensington to Staines and he says he is relishing the challenge of covering such a large area.

He currently works at St James Gerards Cross with Fulmer in Buckinghamshire, but has held parish positions throughout the UK.

Canon Williams is married to Sarah and the couple have three boys, aged five, eight and nine.

The promotion was announced by the Diocese of London on December 15 and he will start his new role immediately after his consecration.

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