Canon Williams retires

The Reverend Canon Dr. Howard K. Williams, rector of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, and former Archdeacon of Brooklyn, is retiring from active parish ministry on September 26.

During his tenure at St. Augustine’s, which began February 1, 1999, Williams dedicated his pastoral leadership skills and his visionary acumen to the church as well as to the local and international community.

Williams inspired a sense of importance and belonging within church members of all ages. Then he partnered with these committed members and friends to redirect and revitalized St. Augustine’s to be a successful faith community by renewing hope, renovating its properties and restoring financial stability.

As a result of his love for God, his dignity and evangelism, Williams was honored by several organizations. He was invited to present workshops and conferences on restructuring for both clergy and laity.

Within the community, he has spearheaded outreach opportunities to bring people together such as the Safe Surrender Program which was sponsored by the then- Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ office.

Under his leadership, for 16 years St. Augustine’s sponsored the Annual Police, Firefighters and EMS Technicians Recognition Day. Williams is one of five clergy liaisons for the 67th Precinct.

Williams’ international work includes educational leadership in the Caribbean, Central America, Philippines, England, Ghana and the U.S.A.

To memorialize this illustrious career, the “Friends of Howard K. Williams” held a Gala Retirement Banquet and Celebration of his 40th Anniversary to the Priesthood. Tuesday, September 22 at Russo’s on the Bay in Howard Beach.

There will also be a service celebrating his 40th anniversary to the priesthood and for the ending of a pastoral relationship on Saturday, September 26 at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 4301 Avenue D, at 11 a.m.

For additional information, contact the church office at 718-629-0959 or 718-629-0930 (Fax: 718-629-5145; email:

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