Fr. Bob Williams

I’m a 4th generation Oregonian whose thirty year science-based career took me and my family from Oregon to New York and Massachusetts.  Confirmed by Bishop James Carmen, Diocese of Oregon, in the early 70’s, I  served as a vestry member and lay leader in local parishes where we lived during that time.  I retired from the pharmaceutical industry in 2001 and was appointed Lay Vicar of a parish in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts in 2007.  Honoring a life-long call to ministry, I entered the discernment process in 2008 and was ordained a Priest in 2012.  I was called as Rector of St. James, Tigard in 2013 where Fr. Wilson Ferreira and I, with the guidance of Fr. Roberto Arciniega, worked to develop and grow the Latino ministry in this area.  Following my retirement in 2018, I served as Interim Rector of All Saints, Portland in 2018 and as Interim Rector of Church of the Resurrection, Eugene in 2020-21. 

My formal education includes a BA from Whitman College, MS and PhD degrees from Oregon State University, Theological Education with the University of the South and Andover Newton Theological School, Boston.  My professional training includes courses in management, organizational development, strategic resource planning, and multicultural diversity.  My priestly training includes theology, ethics, congregational development, mediation, clinical pastoral education (chaplaincy), and transitional ministry.  My wife, Sharon, and I have two daughters and three granddaughters, of whom we are immensely proud. 

My ministry objective is to provide empowering and innovative leadership in the Church.  My primary focus as pastor, priest and teacher is encouraging and equipping individuals and congregations in becoming healthy and whole in their relationships with God and each other in fulfilling their baptismal vocations in the Church and in the world.