Bob Williams grew up in the Pacific Northwest, attending college in Walla Walla and graduate school at Oregon State University. He worked for the Oregon Department of Agriculture before moving to upstate New York in 1984 with his wife, Sharon, and two children. In 1995 the family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Bob was employed by Biogen, which in 1996 introduced the first FDA-approved drug for treating multiple sclerosis. Bob retired from the pharmaceutical industry in 2001.
An active leader in the Episcopal Church since his confirmation in the early 1970s, Bob completed the Education for Ministry program at the University of the South before being appointed in 2007 as Lay Vicar of a parish in Massachusetts. Honoring a life-long call to ministry, Bob entered the discernment for ordination process in 2008 and attended seminary at Andover Newton Theological School, Boston. He was ordained to the diaconate in June 2011 and to the priesthood in January 2012.
Bob has served Episcopal parishes in Oregon, New York and Massachusetts. He was Rector of Saint James, Tigard from 2013 until his retirement in 2018. Since then he acted as Interim Rector of All Saints, Portland for eight months. Bob’s primary focus is to equip people to become whole in their relationships with God and each other so that they can fulfill their baptismal vocations.