Williams was born on 10 May 1919 in Rochester, Kent, England. His father was a captain in the Royal Navy who had to retire early because he could not secure the required promotion in order to remain in the navy until retirement age. His mother fell in love with a neighbour's son who was much younger than herself. Though it may not have been consummated, the affair led to tensions within the family. Eventually, the guilt experienced by Williams' mother led her to become an evangelical fundamentalist. She was described by her son as a "keen Christian out and out for Jesus" Williams was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1943 and as a priest in 1944. He served two curacies in the Diocese of London. From 1943 to 1945, he was a curate at St Barnabas', Pimlico. From 1945 to 1948, he was a curate at All Saints, Margaret Street, an Anglo-Catholic church. Williams is also remembered for a controversial appearance on the seminal 1960s BBC religious programme Meeting Point on which he suggested that the resurrection of Christ could be interpreted as a metaphor, and for being one of the first Anglican priests to be open about his homosexuality, as his candid autobiography, Some Day I'll Find You, shows.
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