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In the footsteps of St. Peter – Nine people ready to serve others and their Lord.

As we approach the end of June, we come to a period when the Church celebrates the life and ministry of St. Peter, the person who was a great servant of Jesus, as well as the driving force behind the formation of the Christian Church after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension.

In a special service on Saturday (30.6.18) at 3pm in Bangor Cathedral (which all are welcome to attend) the Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – will licence and ordain nine people, who will be stepping out in the footsteps of St. Peter to begin a new stage of their Christian journey.

The preacher at this service will be Lord Williams of Oystermouth, the former Archbishop of Wales and Canterbury.

The Rev’d Susan Blagden, who has been their Tutor supporting them through their individual training with St Padarn’s Institute said,

“St. Padarn’s is delighted that these candidates are now to be licensed and ordained for public ministry.

They have engaged with two or three years of initial ‘Formation in Community for Mission’. Of course, the process of formation is ongoing, as it is for all of us, not least as disciples. Sometimes this process has been particularly challenging and at others it has been deeply joyful with new gifts and abilities being discovered and affirmed.

We trust that that process of renewal and transformation will continue. In the meantime,we rejoice with the candidates and assure them of our prayers.”

The service will be lead by the Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – who said,

‘All ministry contains a mix of challenge and opportunity. We are delighted that the Diocese continues to discern God’s call to people for licensed lay and ordained ministry.

‘It will be a special day for Glenys and Ian as they are licensed as Lay Readers; for Vince, Simon and Nick as they are ordained Deacons, as well as for Lesley, Sara, Allan and Llewelyn as the are ordained Priests. We hold them in our love and prayers.

St. Peter showed bravery and persistence in serving Jesus and proclaiming the Gospel. I am praying that God will give that same courage and resolve to the nine special people who I am privileged to call my fellow servants in Christ.’


The nine people who are being licensed or ordained are as follows:

Lay Readers :

  • Glenys Samson who will serve in the Bro Cybi Ministry Area (Holyhead)
  • Ian Hampson who will serve in the Bro Moelwyn Ministry Area (Blaenau Ffestiniog/Penrhyndeudraeth)

Deacons :

  • Mr. Simon Freeman (transitional*, stipendiary) will serve his curacy in the Bro Gwydyr Ministry Area (Betws y Coed)
  • Mr. Nick Golding (distinctive*, non-stipendiary) will serve his curacy in the Bro Eifionydd Ministry Area (Cricieth/Porthmadog)
  • Mr. Vince Morris (transitional*, stipendiary) will serve his curacy in the Bro Tysilio Ministry Area (Menai Bridge/Benllech)

(* A distinctive deacon is someone whose calling is to the diaconate alone. A transitional deacon is someone whose calling is to the priesthood, and ordination as a deacon is part of their journey.)


Priests :

  • Rev Llewelyn Moules-Jones (stipendiary) will continue to serve his curacy in the Bro Deiniol Ministry Area (Bangor)
  • Rev Lesley Rendle (non-stipendiary) will continue to serve her curacy in the Bro Tysilio Ministry Area (Menai Bridge/Benllech)
  • Rev Sara Roberts (stipendiary) will move from Bro Enlli to continue her curacy in the Bro Madryn Ministry Area (Nefyn)
  • Rev Allan Wilcox (non-stipendiary) will continue to serve his curacy in the Bro Eryri Ministry Area (Llanberis)

Click here to read some thoughts from each of our candidates, as they prepare for the new stage of their Christian pilgrimage.