Owen, William Russell was born on December 25, 1879 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. Son of Austin Everett and Mary Henrietta (Hall) Owen.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Richmond, Virginia, 1901, Doctor of Divinity, 1916. Bachelor of Divinity, Crozer Theological Seminary, 1904.
Ordained Baptist ministry, 1904. Pastor Huntingdon Church, Baltimore, Maryland., 1904-1909, Capitol Avenue Church, Atlanta, Georgia., 1909-1914, Hanson Place Church, Brooklyn, New York, 1914-1917, Memorial Church, Philadelphia, 1917-1919, 1st Church, Macon, Georgia, 1920-1927, University Church, Coral Gables, Florida, 1927-1928, First Church, Columbus, Georgia, 1928-1930, First Church, Asheville, North Carolina, 1930-1932. Special preacher Young Men’s Christian Association with 28th Division, 1st Field Artillery, in France, 1919.
Temporary chaplain, Chaumont. President Baptist Y.P.U., Georgia, 1920-1923.