Our Rector


Fr. Williams delivering his first sermon at St. Cyprian's.

Fr. Williams delivering his first sermon at St. Cyprian’s.

The Reverend Doctor Monrelle T. Williams is a native of Barbados, West Indies. His educational accomplishments include the following: a Bachelor’s degree (with First Class Honors) in Theology from the University of the West Indies; a Master’s Degree in Philosophy (Ecumenism) from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and a Doctorate degree from Durham University in England.

The Rev. Dr. Williams has been a priest since 1979, initially serving as Assistant Curate at St. John’s Parish (in Barbados) before assuming the position as Lecture/Senior Lecturer at Codrington Theological College (Theological Seminary of the Church of the Province of the West Indies).

He has served as General Secretary of the Regional Ecumenical Organization in the West Indies, the Caribbean Conference of Churches for three years. In addition, he has been Priest-in-Charge of the Church of the Holy Cross and then Rector/Priest-in-Charge of the Church of the Holy Trinity.

In terms of Diocesan and Provincial responsibilities, The Rev. Dr. Williams has served on several commissions and committees, including the Provincial Standing, Synod Council, Doctrinal Commission, Commission on Ecumenism as well as the Finance Committee of the Diocese.

In the Episcopal Church, he has served as Rector of St. Augustine’s Church Oakland, in the Diocese of California.  He was member of the Bishop’s Board of Examining Chaplains, the Commission on Ministry and served on the Search Committees for the Dean of Grace Cathedral, and the Dean and President of CDSP. He is also a member of the Commission on Corporate Social Responsibility of the Episcopal Church and was a member of the board of CDSP.

In terms of the community, he was board member of Koreatown/Northgate (Community Business District) and Healthy Communities Oakland.

The Rev. Dr. Monrelle Williams has been involved in the life of the church at every level of church from Sunday School right through to Lay Reader. He believes in a shared ministry and is looking forward to such a ministry at St. Cyprian’s.