The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – has announced the appointment of the Reverend David Parry as the Ministry Team Leader of the new Bro Celynnin Ministry Area.
The Bro Celynnin Ministry Area will serve the people and communities around the churches of Conwy, Gyffin, Llangelynnin, Caerhun and Llanbedr-y-cennin, which includes the villages of Henryd, Ty’n-y-Groes and Tal-y-Bont. Bro Celynnin also has two Church in Wales primary schools: Ysgol Porth y Felin (Conwy) and Ysgol Llangelynnin (Henryd).
The Reverend David Parry has historical family links to Llangernyw, though he was born in Scotland and grew up in the South of England. He trained as a social worker, but then 25 years ago he felt called to ordained ministry and became an Anglican priest.
Over the past decade, he has assisted many people in dicovering their vocation to ministry, as the Director of Ordinands in the Diocese of Liverpool. At the same time David has been Vicar of two vibrant multi-cultural parishes alongside the River Mersey – Christ Church (Toxteth Park) and St Michael-in-the-Hamlet. He is currently an Honorary Canon of Liverpool Cathedral.
In the course of his ministry, David has also served as an Area Dean and honorary chaplain among Deaf People. He is passionate about building teams and recognising the potential of young people.
David is married to Eryl, who has strong family links to Llanberis and the Diocese of Bangor. They have two daughters, who are both studying in Scotland.
Commenting on his new appointment, David said: “There has never been a more exciting time to be in Christian ministry. All sorts of people are asking deep questions about the world and seeking real hope for the future. I can’t wait to learn more about the communities and congregations of Bro Celynnin – to see where God is already at work and to discover new hope together.”
The Bishop of Bangor said: “I am delighted that David has accepted the position of Ministry Area Leader of Bro Celynnin. He brings a rich array of gifts, from the pastoral to the strategic and these will help him offer the kind of leadership which the churches in this newly formed Ministry Area will value. I look forward to welcoming David and Eryl. We wish them well and will be holding them in our prayers as they prepare to move and join us.”
The Bishop of Bangor will celebrate the start of David’s ministry in Bro Celynnin at a service of licensing and induction on Trinity Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2pm in St. Mary’s Church, Conwy.
The Right Reverend Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, said: ”David is an outstanding priest and pastor, who has served Liverpool Diocese with real distinction for many years, both as a gifted parish priest and as a visionary Director of Ordinands. We will miss him and Eryl very much, but Liverpool’s loss is Bro Celynnin’s gain. I wish David and the Ministry Area every blessing for the future.”