The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andrew John – is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev’d Dr. Liz Varley as Associate Vicar in the Bro Arwystli Ministry Area, which serves the town and communities around Llanidloes.
Dr. Varley grew up in Cambridge, and studied in the University there, as well as at Durham. She first felt a call to priesthood in 1973 but being a woman had to find other ways to serve, working for the British Council of Churches Race Relations Unit, and then with the Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle in the areas of Adult Education and Social Responsibility respectively. She was ordained deacon in 1996 and priest in 1997, and has since worked mostly in rural parish ministry.
Dr. Varley is currently the Rector of the Bacton Benefice near Stowmarket, in the Diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich . Commenting on her new appointment, Dr. Varley, said, ‘I have always loved to be in this part of Wales. I look forward very much to becoming part of the life, worship and ministry of Bro Arwystli.’
The Ministry Area Leader of the Bro Arwystli Ministry Area, the Rev’d Lynda Cowan, commented, ”Not only does Liz show a deep spiritual commitment to her work, but also a very practical understanding of ministry in rural areas. Liz has a wealth of experience in both academic study and hands on ministry within all age groups. I look forward to welcoming her amongst us and working with her as part of the Bro Arwystli ministry team.”
The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andrew John – said, ‘I am delighted that Liz has agreed to serve with us in the Bro Arwystli Ministry Area. She brings a wealth of experience, as well as energy and wisdom which will help these church communities to flourish. I look forward to working with Lynda, Liz and the team long into the future.’
It is hoped that Dr. Varley will begin her new role and ministry early in the new year.