Revd Jacque Williams started as full-time rector of St Peter’s in Auckland Park in November 2013.
Jacque is originally from Port Elizabeth. She came to Johannesburg in the early 1980-ies when she worked as the Youth Director for the South African Council of Churches. After a (initially involuntary) stay in the USA and The Netherlands, she returned to Johannesburg to head the Church Community Leadership Trust (CCLT). Our previous rector Revd Vicentia Kgabe worked with Jacque at CCLT on women’s integrity and youth development programmes.
Revd Williams has been involved in the Anglican Church since she was very young, first in the choir and later as a youth worker in PE. She attended the Anglican Seminary in Grahamstown long before women’s ordination was accepted in our church. In PE she was active as a parish worker, in Johannesburg as a researcher for the Institute for Contextual Theology and as Youth Director for the SACC, in New York as a director of Christian Education and in Amsterdam as an education and development worker for the city churches. Back in Johannesburg she first served at Christ the King Sophiatown as lay minister, then as deacon at St Timothy’s The Reeds (diocese of Pretoria) and St
John the Divine in Belgravia and finally as priest at St Margaret’s in Bedfordview.
Revd Williams studied theology at the Union College of Columbia University in New York and at the University of Amsterdam. She is engaged in a PhD process and hopes to finally finish that when serving St Peter’s. Jacque is part of the Word & Worship team annually publishing sample sermons and liturgies for a range of churches, including the Anglican Church. She serves on the Church Unity Commission on behalf of the Anglican Church.