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Former teacher Randy Williams ordained as Anglican priest

Former librarian, teacher and author Randolf “Randy” Williams has joined the ranks of the Anglican priesthood.

Ordained: Randy Williams

Mr Williams was ordained at Christ’s Church Cathedral, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on September 25, becoming Bermuda’s newest home-grown Anglican priest. He was one of four clerics ordained by Bishop Susan Bell at the Sunday afternoon service.

Mr Williams, who is originally from Somerset, is a former Berkeley Institute history teacher and librarian. He is the biographer of National Heroes Sir Henry Tucker (Man of Stature), Sir Edward Richards (Peaceful Warrior) and Dame Lois Browne-Evans (Lois: Bermuda’s Grande Dame of Politics).

The author also of Care: 100 Years of Hospital Care in Bermuda, he was recently featured in the film Health Care Heroines – Black Bermudian Nurses and the Struggle for Equality, produced by the Department of Culture.

Mr Williams moved to Canada more than a decade ago to pursue a Master of Library and Information Science degree at Western University, London, Ontario. He worked as a business and law librarian, then returned to the classroom.

He has taught in public schools, a private Anglican school, and at college level. Along the way, he had a call to the priesthood.

He entered Trinity College, University of Toronto as a part-time divinity student, graduating in 2020. While there he served as Divinity Co-Head. He was a member of Trinity College’s Anti-Black Racism Task Force.

He serves on the Diocese of Niagara Anti-Racism Committee. He held a similar role in the Anglican Church in Bermuda. Rev Williams has been called a committed advocate for social, economic and environmental justice.

Last year, he was ordained a deacon, the first step towards becoming an Anglican priest. He is currently an associate priest at a church in the Diocese of Niagara.

He said: “I have long known that I was called to be a clergy person. It just had to be determined in which denomination. My upbringing in Anglicanism, Pentecostalism and Methodism has well prepared me. God truly has a sense of humour that I have been called to return to my Anglican roots of spirituality.”

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Published October 15, 2022 at 8:02 am (Updated October 18, 2022 at 6:28 am)

Former teacher Randy Williams ordained as Anglican priest

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