The 10th Annual Synod of the Anglican Diocese in New England (ADNE) elected the Rev. Andrew Williams to be the next Bishop of the diocese on Saturday, November 17, 2018.
Prior to his election, Rev. Williams served as pastor of Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT. He began his professional life as a lawyer in the United Kingdom. From 1989-1998, he was a corporate litigator specializing in defending law suits brought against the legal profession. Despite a successful career, it was during this time that he began to sense that something significant was missing in his life, and much to the surprise of Rev. Williams and his wife, Elena, they found themselves drawn into something far deeper, and ultimately came to a living faith in God through the love, support and friendship of their Anglican Parish. A time of discernment followed, and after much prayer and strong encouragement from those who knew him, he resigned from his law firm and began training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol. He graduated with an honors degree in theology and was ordained in the Diocese of Exeter in 2000. Drew spent six years as Associate Vicar of St. Andrew’s, Chorleywood, a vibrant suburban congregation just outside London. Prior to coming to Chorleywood, he served a congregation in the southwest of England. Since October 2009, the Rev. Andrew Williams has been the Senior Pastor of Trinity Church in Greenwich, CT, with an area of focus in developing and overseeing a new outreach strategy through the creation and support of Mission Shaped Communities (MSC’s). These communities are led by lay-persons and have broadened and multiplied the ministry of his congregations, leading to significant growth in depth and multiplication in numbers.
On January 10, 2019, after prayerful consideration and deliberation, the Anglican Church in North America’s College of Bishops consented to the election of the Rev. Andrew Williams as the next bishop for the ADNE. Williams is set to be consecrated on March 16, 2019 as the successor to the Rt. Rev. William Murdoch who has served as the diocesan bishop since its founding in 2008. Murdoch will retire in late spring after ensuring the smooth transition of leadership to Williams.
A Guide to Prayer for the Transition has been prepared by the Rev. Len Cowan, our Diocesan Intercessor. You may download a copy below and use it in the coming months. Please keep the ADNE and Bishop-Elect Andrew in your prayers as we move through this transition.