Bishop Michael Wiliams
The Right Reverend Michael R. Williams serves as a Suffragan Bishop for the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy, Anglican Church in North America, under the leadership of the Bishop of the Special Jurisdiction, The Rt. Rev. Derek LS Jones. He also serves as Director of Education, Training, and Formation (ETF), providing for the ongoing Anglican Christian formation and continuing education needs of the Jurisdiction.
A 1977 graduate of Iowa State University, he was awarded a B.A. in Political Science and a Rated Officer Commission in the U.S. Air Force on the same day. Bishop Williams attended Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (Master of Divinity, 1986), and was ordained Priest in 1990 in the town of North Pole, Alaska. Following two Cold War-era Air Force tours of duty as a Navigator/Electronic Warfare Officer, RC-135, he was called to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Grand Forks, ND in 1991 where he served as Rector. He returned to the Air Force in 1995 - this time as a Chaplain - and retired from active duty to Colorado Springs in late 2009. During his military service, Chaplain, Lt. Col. Williams deployed frequently to include tours in Alaska, Greece, England, Okinawa, Guam, Texas, Saudi Arabia (Operation Southern Watch), U.A.E., Oman and Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom).
Soon after his 2009 military retirement he was recruited by Bishop Jones to serve as the first Coordinator for Governmental Agency Chaplaincies for CANA's Deanery for the Chaplaincy, advanced to Canon, and then Archdeacon with assignment to the post of Vicar General for the new Special Jurisdiction, and concurrently as Associate Endorser, National Council on Ministry to the Armed Forces. In early 2017 he transitioned from Vicar General to Director of Education, Training, and Formation, and was consecrated Bishop in April 2018.
Bishop Williams' ministry passion is to glorify God by diligently serving Christ and his Church in the faithful stewardship of his marriage and family, his Anglican Holy Orders, and his responsibilities as a Bishop Suffragan for the Special Jurisdiction. He and his beloved wife Becky have been married for 43 years, and have three adult daughters, and (to date) five granddaughters.