New Rector appointed for the Sandringham Group of Parishes

New Rector appointed for the Sandringham Group of Parishes
The Revd Canon Dr Paul Williams, CStJ, DL

The Revd Canon Dr Paul Williams, CStJ, DL, has been appointed and will take up his post in September.

Her Majesty The Queen, Lord Howard of Rising and Mr Edward Dawnay, together with the parish representatives and the Bishop of Norwich, have appointed Dr Williams for the group that comprises the parishes of Wolferton, Hillington, Castle Rising, Sandringham and Flitcham.

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St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham

Dr Williams says:

“Although I take with me many happy memories of my time in Tewkesbury and the Diocese of Gloucester, I am greatly looking forward to joining the Sandringham group of parishes as together we worship and witness to the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The Rt Revd Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich says:

“Canon Dr Paul Williams brings much from his experience at Tewkesbury Abbey and in Gloucestershire, and I am sure that his pastoral care and preaching will be appreciated by parishioners.”

Paul was born in Chatham, Kent and has attended the universities of St Andrews and Cambridge. He trained for the ordained ministry at Westcott House. After being appointed Assistant Chaplain at Selwyn College, Paul served a curacy at St Stephen, Chatham and an incumbency at St Augustine, Gillingham, before becoming Personal Chaplain to the Bishop of Rochester. He moved to Tewkesbury in 2003, where he has been Area Dean and is Honorary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral. As Vice Dean of the Priory of England and the Islands, Paul is closely associated with St John Ambulance. He is a Commander of the Order of St. John, a published author, and recently appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire. He is married to Catherine, who is also a priest, and they have two adult children, Alice and Harry.

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