Rowan Douglas Williams was born in Swansea on 14 June 1950. He was educated at Dynevor Secondary School, then at Christ's College Cambridge, where he read Theology. After research in Oxford (on Christianity in Russia), he spent two years as a lecturer at Mirfield Theological College near Leeds. From 1977, he spent nine years in academic and parochial work in Cambridge. From 1986-1992, Dr Williams was Professor of Theology at Oxford. He was enthroned as Bishop of Monmouth in 1992 and Archbishop of Wales in 2000.
Dr Williams has written a number of books on the history of theology and spirituality and published collections of articles and sermons – as well as two books of poetry. He has been involved in various commissions on theology and theological education. He was a member of the Church Schools Review Group led by Lord Dearing and chaired the group that produced the report ‘Wales: a Moral Society?’
Dr Williams is a Fellow of the British Academy. His interests include music, fiction and languages.
Since 1981, Dr Williams has been married to Jane Paul, a lecturer in theology, whom he met while living and working in Cambridge. They have a son and a daughter.
Christ's College, Cambridge B.A. 1971. M.A. 1975
Bishop of Monmouth
Elected Bishop of Monmouth on 5 December 1991, Rowan Williams was consecrated at St Asaph Cathedral on the feast of St Philip and St James, 1 May 1992 and was enthroned at St Woolos Cathedral on 14 May, 1992.
Archbishop of Wales
Rowan Williams was elected Archbishop of Wales in December 1999 and was enthroned at St Woolos Cathedral on Saturday 26th February, 2000.
Archbishop of Canterbury
Elected as Archbishop of Canterbury on 23 July 2002.
Confirmed as 104th Archbishop of Canterbury on 2 December 2002 in St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Enthroned as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury on 27 February 2003 in Canterbury Cathedral.Top