Prior to joining the cathedral clergy staff as sub-dean in the summer of 2019, the Rev. Paul B. Williams was rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Pickerington, Ohio, where he served for eleven years. He combines humor, dedication, and a love for Jesus in his ministry work.
Paul earned his Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1996. His first cure was as senior assistant at The Church of the Holy Trinity on the upper east side of Manhattan, where he served for five years. In 2001, Paul accepted a call to serve as rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Bloomfield/Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
Paul’s next call came through his spouse Larry Hayes’ vocation, when the work Larry did for UBS Securities called for a two-year overseas assignment at the company headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Upon returning stateside, Larry’s career brought the couple to Columbus, Ohio. In 2008, Paul accepted a call to serve St. Andrew’s as rector.
Paul has served on Diocesan Council and on the Bishop Search Committee in the Diocese of Newark, and he is serving his sixth year on the Commission on Ministry in our diocese, the Diocese of Southern Ohio. He also helped formed “Episcopal Night at the Symphony” to support the Columbus Symphony and Symphony Chorus, enticing Episcopalians throughout central Ohio with food and drink, as well as personal commentary from the conductor and choral director.
Larry is in private practice as a corporate management coach and has been organist, and choir director for more than 50 years in various churches, most recently nine years with St. James Episcopal Church in Clintonville, Ohio (in the greater Columbus area).
Paul’s hobbies include running marathons, Mopar (cars), and gardening. Larry’s hobbies are his two grandkids, Emma and Adam, and laughing with (at) the Hyacinth Bucket of Keeping Up Appearances.
The couple’s dogs Cooper and Hobbes are “sweet” rescue mutts.