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‘And he gave some to be shepherds and teachers’

June 26, 2015

At this year’s ordination in Brecon Cathedral Bishop John is delighted to be priesting Julie Wagstaff who will continue to serve as Assistant Non-Stipendiary Curate at St Barnabas Church, Waunarlwydd and Adrian Morgan, who will continue to serve as Assistant Stipendiary Curate of Gorseinon.
“These ordinands, from across the diocese, will be serving as deacons and priests. Many will be engaging in new and different models of ministry. I am delighted to welcome a diverse group of people from across the diocese, with experience, gifts and skills which, I have no doubt will enrich and nourish both church and community at a time of change and challenge.” Bishop John
Linda Watson will be ordained as a Non-Stipendiary Deacon in the Ministry Area of East Radnor/New Radnor/Beacon Hill. Alongside Julie, Adrian and Linda the diocese will be welcoming its very first set of Non Stipendiary Ministers (Local) who will also be deaconed by Bishop John:– John Anthony (Central Swansea); Lloyd Evans (Crickhowell); Liz Bramley (Llyn Safaddan & Beacons); Dorothy Lewis (Cwmtawe 2 Ministry Area); and Judy Day (Brecon). These ‘NSM(L)’s are all, already, authorised lay ministers in the diocese (Readers) . They bring a wealth of experience and qualification to their new roles. For more in depth information and individual profiles of each the candidates please see below: Julie Wagstaff, to be ordained priest. Julie Wagstaff I’m Julie Wagstaff, I live in Clydach, have a grown up daughter and have served as Asst. Curate at St Barnabas Church, Waunarlwydd since my ordination as deacon in 2013.    I was originally convinced that my calling was to the permanent deaconate but during this past year have come to believe that God is encouraging me to take this next step and be ordained priest.  I am looking forward to continuing to serve at St Barnabas and, alongside my incumbent, support and encourage our congregation to recognise their gifts and encourage them in their ministry as we work toward forming a Ministry Area. Linda Watson, to be ordained deacon. Linda Watson My name is Linda Watson and I am married to John with four grown up children and six grandchildren.  I lived and trained to be a Reader in Cambridgeshire before moving to Knighton and being licensed to the Maelienydd Deanery in 2011.  Since becoming an ordinand I have been on placements in the Colwyn group of Parishes and the Deanery of Builth. I am really looking forward to serving the people in the Ministry Area of East Radnor/New Radnor/Beacon Hill by pastoral visiting, leading and taking part in services and learning about and experiencing all the different aspects of ordained ministry. Adrian Morgan, to be ordained priest Adrian Morgan Before my ordination, I read Welsh Language and Literature at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and Theology at Peterhouse in Cambridge. I trained for the ministry at Ridley Hall. During my diaconate year, I have been serving as Assistant Curate of Gorseinon, and Chaplain to Gower College Swansea I have felt very blessed to watch as many grow in their love for the Lord and for each other. Following my ordination as priest, I will continue to serve in Gorseinon, where I will carry on sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and pray that, through the Holy Spirit, many will come to know the life that he alone can bring. John Anthony, to be ordained deacon. John Anthony I was born in Neath and became a teacher in 1971. I taught mainly in the village of Seven Sisters at Blaendulais Primary School. I married Gwyneth in 1973 and we have a son, Ieuan, who lives in St. David’s and is a Vicar Choral at St. David’s Cathedral. I became a Reader in the Diocese of Llandaff in 1977, transferring to the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon in 1998 when I became a Reader at St.Mary’s, Swansea. More recently Bishop John licensed me as Community Lay Minister in the Benefice of Central Swansea where I will continue to serve after ordination. I look forward to continuing my pastoral role and acting as Cantor at St. Mary’s, music having been a very important part of my life. Liz Bramley, to be ordained deacon. Liz Bramley I am Liz Bramley.  My family moved to Llanhamlach in 1960; I thought I had got away when I moved to London as a student, married Mervyn and lived and worked in England and abroad. However, we were very happy to leave our children and their families in Bristol and move back here when my mother died.  I will serve in the 11 churches of the Beacons Benefice and Llyn Safaddan, where I have been a Reader.  I have always been a language teacher, and hope to help people talk more confidently about God - and listen! Judy Day , to be ordained deacon. Judy Day Hello! I am Judy Day. I live in Pentrefelin where I moved after my GP husband died of Swine flu  in 2009. My whole life changed---God moves in mysterious ways! I am blessed with five children and eight grandchildren. In my past life I was a ward sister on a children's ward and later trained as a teacher and retired as a Headteacher of a school in a deprived area of Bedfordshire. I also trained as a Reader in St Albans. These people became our extended family and now the Brecon people have become very dear to me too. My love and gratitude are due to the St Mary's congregation who suggested I should seek ordination. God Bless Them. Lloyd Evans, to be ordained deacon. Lloyd Evans I have lived in Talgarth for over twenty years, moving here when I took up the job of Chemistry teacher at Crickhowell High School.  I started worshiping regularly at Bronllys shortly after arriving, drawn there by the regular bell ringing, something I still enjoy, and was Peoples Warden for twelve years.  I trained as a Reader and was licenced in 2009 but continued to feel the call to the Ordained ministry.  After advice and reflection I went forward to selection for local ordination in June last year. Marion, my wife and I would welcome your prayers at this time.

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