Venerable Jonathan Davies
(Archdeacon of Gower)
The Vicarage, Fairwood Road, West Cross, Swansea, SA3 5JP
Born on Holy Cross Day (14 September 1969) Archdeacon Jonathan is a child of the Vicarage. He grew up in Llanpumpsaint Vicarage, Carmarthenshire before moving to Dafen, Llanelli where his late father was Vicar of the Parish.
After leaving school, he trained as a motor mechanic. However, discerning a call to ordination, he returned to education and studied at Gorseinon College, the University of North Wales, Bangor, University of Wales, Cardiff and St Michael’s Theological College, Llandaff. He gained a diploma in Theology in 1994, a degree in Theology in 1995 and a diploma in Practical Theology in 1996. He was made a deacon at St Davids Cathedral in 1996 and was ordained a priest by Bishop David Thomas in 1997.
In the Diocese of St Davids, the Archdeacon served as assistant curate in the Parish of Betws with Ammanford and as Diocesan Youth Chaplain before moving to the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon in 1999 to serve as assistant curate in the Parish of Newton.
In 2000, he returned to secular employment when he gained an executive position within the motor trade. During his time with the local BMW Dealership he was based in the Parish of Llansamlet as a self-supporting minister.
In 2003, the Archdeacon returned to full-time ministry when he was invited by Bishop Anthony Pierce to become Priest-in-Charge of St Luke’s Church, Cwmbwrla. Following the retirement of the Vicar of Manselton in 2005, he became Vicar of Manselton and Cwmbwrla and later Area Dean of Penderi in 2012.
He became the fourth Vicar of Llwynderw in September 2015 and later that month also became Canon Residentiary of Brecon Cathedral and a member of the Cathedral Chapter. In September 2016, he was invited by Bishop John Davies to become Archdeacon of Gower.
During his ministry, the Archdeacon has held a number of posts. He has been the Diocesan Clerical Secretary, a school governor and a member of the Church in Wales Provincial Discernment Board. He has also served as Chaplain to Swansea Command of Mid & West Wales Fire & Rescue Service and Secretary to the Provincial Discernment Board. He continues to be a member of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales, a trustee of the Austin Bailey Foundation and sits on a number of diocesan and provincial committees.
Archdeacon Jonathan is married to Sharon and they have two young children. When time permits, he enjoys following the Scarlets and Wales on the rugby field, fly-fishing and has a keen interest in Formula 1 Motor Sport.
Reverend Hywel Griffiths
Hywel Griffiths was born in Clydach where his vocation was nurtured and discerned. Before ordination, he worked as a graphic designer for a company called Menter based in Neath.
In June 2016, he was ordained a deacon and served in the Parish of Clydach on Tawe covering the churches of Saint Mary’s in Clydach, Saint Michael’s in Trebanos and Saint Peter’s in Pontardawe. Shortly after being ordained a priest in June 2017, Hywel became the assistant curate of the Parish of Llwynderw.
Hywel is married to Sian and they have two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys many interests including gardening, walking, sports, particularly following the Ospreys and DIY.
23 Mayals Avenue, Blackpill,
Swansea, SA3 5DE
Canon Arthur Howells
2 Lilliput Lane, West Cross, Swansea, SA3 5AQ
Born in 1932, Arthur graduated from St David's College, Lampeter in 1954, before training for the Ministry at St Michael's College, Llandaff. Made Deacon in 1956, he was priested the following year and served his first Curacy in the Parish of Oystermouth which at that time embraced the areas now covered by Llwynderw. Arthur and Margaret began their married life together in the Parish of Llangyfelach, where he was in charge of the work at the new church of St Teilo-on-the-Clase. After incumbencies at Llyswen and St Paul's, Landore, Arthur was made Canon Missioner in 1980, during which time he lived in West Cross Lane and had an office at Eastmoor. For those ten years, Margaret ran the Sunday School at Holy Cross where she worshipped. In 1994, Arthur was made Chancellor of Brecon Cathedral, and served his final incumbency at St James', Swansea until he retired in 1998.
In addition to assisting in various parishes in the Gower Archdeaconry, Arthur has published three Lent anthologies: 'A Lent Companion' and 'Generous Love' (both published by Redemptorist Publications), 'The Little Book of Lent' (published by HarperCollins) and also 'The Little Book of Advent' (published by William Collins). Just after Easter 2018, he published
'A Franciscan Way of Life' (published by The Bible Reading Fellowship). He and Margaret have two sons and four grandsons.
Dr Felicity Padley
Felicity Padley was brought up in Maidstone, Kent. She took her degrees at St Hugh's College, Oxford, completing her DPhil in 1970 (by which time she was lecturing and researching at, the now, Swansea University). In the 1980s, she moved into FE teaching and worked at Gorseinon College, from which she retired as Director of Study and Assistant Principal in 2005 (although she continues to lecture part-time at the College). She is now involved with various aspects of the work of the Church in Wales, on local, diocesan, and provincial levels. She has been licensed as a Reader and has served as Llwynderw's PCC Secretary since 2000.
Felicity is married to Peter (an erstwhile member of the Church in Wales Governing Body) and they have two sons: Kenneth (Vicar of St Michael’s Church, St Alban’s; and Jonathan (Widening Participation Officer for Humanities at Churchill College, Cambridge). The men are married to Anna and Danielle respectively. Kenneth and Anna have one son, Alex, born in 2009.
Reader and PCC Secretary
32 Fernhill Close, Blackpill, Swansea, SA3 5BX
Mrs Biddy Wigley
Biddy was born in Sussex and has lived on both sides of Offa's Dyke. She trained in Catering but 'retired' to bring up a family, working freelance as time permitted. During this period, she chaired the local PTA, was Treasurer of the area's RDA group, and helped set up and run the Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians. Biddy came to faith in 1994 and joined the worshipping community of Llwynderw. Her interests in computing and writing led her to take up the Editorship of the Parish Magazine in 2001.
More recently she discerned a call to the Ministry of Reader, trained at St Michael's College, Llandaff and was licensed in 2014.
Biddy is married to Bob and they have three children and five grandchildren.
Reader and Parish Magazine Editor
5 Whitegates, Mayals, Swansea, SA3 5HW
Mr Bob Wigley
Born and educated in Cardiff, Bob Wigley retired as the Wales Director of Lloyds TSB Bank in 2000, after some 41 years with the Bank, working in various parts of the country. In retirement, he has become more involved with the Church, and - in addition to his PCC responsibilities in Llwynderw - is a member of the Swansea & Brecon Diocesan Board of Finance. He is also a Member of its Audit Committee, and a Member of its Investment Committee. He is also a trustee of the Swansea and Brecon Diocesan Trust. Leisure-wise, Bob is a member of Langland Bay Golf Club, is past Chairman and now Rear Commodore of the Bristol Channel Yacht Club, and is Chairman of the Swansea 40 Club. He is also a member of Oystermouth Probus Club, a Director of the Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts, and Chairman of the John Fussell Memorial Trust. Keenly interested in classic cars, he owns and runs a 1949 Triumph Roadster 2000, and a 1996 Jaguar XJS Celebration Convertible. Bob is married to Biddy and they have three children and five grandchildren.
5 Whitegates, Mayals, Swansea, SA3 5HW
Mr Leslie Ryan
43 Mayals Avenue, Blackpill,
Swansea, SA3 5DB
Leslie Ryan was born in Penarth, South Wales. He became the organist at St. Augustine's Parish Church there and an organ scholar at Llandaff Cathedral at the age of 15. Leslie trained at the (now) Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he won several prizes and a college diploma with distinction in organ playing. He qualified as a teacher at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. He has a joint honours B.A degree in music and philosophy. When he moved to Swansea in the 1970s he was appointed as Llwynderw parish organist. In 2002 he moved to All Saints Oystermouth and in 2018 returned to Llwynderw. Over the years he has conducted a BBC Songs of Praise and played for several BBC radio Celebration services.
During his teaching career he worked in several Swansea comprehensive schools: Cefn Hengoed, Morriston, Bishop Gore and at Gorseinon College where he specialised in teaching A level.
In 1975 Leslie became Musical Director of the Morriston Orpheus Choir and his first engagement was conducting the Choir at the Royal Albert Hall, London. To mark his appointment, Leslie composed a choral anthem for the Orpheus, Sing We Merrily, which was recorded by EMI and published by Novello. Leslie is featured on ten of the Orpheus recordings either as organist or musical director.
In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious Archbishop of Wales Certificate of Merit in Church Music.
Leslie has played the organ for concerts at many prestigious venues including St Davids Cathedral, Brecon Cathedral, Llandaff Cathedral, Brangwyn Hall Swansea, Coventry Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, Lichfield Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Pershore Abbey, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Huddersfield Town Hall, St David's Hall Cardiff, Oxford Sheldonian Theatre and Oxford Town Hall. For the Ariosa Singers tour to Rome, Leslie accompanied them at a weekday Mass at St Peter’s Vatican.
He is married to Penny Ryan OBE, choral director of The Ariosa Singers and Mumbles Voices community choir. Their daughter Sali-Wyn is a professional violinist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Venerable Jonathan Davies
The Vicarage, Fairwood Road, West Cross, Swansea, SA3 5JP
The Church in Wales
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