The Bishop of Bangor
The Right Reverend Andrew Thomas Griffith John
The Right Reverend Andrew John was born near Aberystwyth and read law at Cardiff prior to ministerial training at St John’s College in Nottingham (1986-89). He served in Cardigan and Aberystwyth as Assistant Curate followed by 7 years at Holy Trinity in the Rectorial Benefice of Aberystwyth. He moved to Aberaeron in 1999 and was appointed Archdeacon of Cardigan and vicar of Pencarreg (Cwmann) in 2006. He was elected Bishop and consecrated 81st in succession to Deiniol in 2008. His research interests include biblical studies and the works of Caravaggio. He is a regular contributor to the BRF New Daylight series. He enjoys sport, art and music which varies from Arvo Part to Led Zeppelin.
The Dean of Bangor
THE REVEREND KATHY JONES
Brought up in Corris, north of Machynlleth, Kathy began her theological formation at Cardiff University and furthered her training for ordained ministry at Queen’s College, Birmingham.
She was ordained Deacon at our Cathedral in 1992 and Priest in 1997.
She served her title in the Rectorial Benefice of Holyhead, before moving to Bangor in 1994 to be Priest-in-charge of St. Peter’s Church, Penrhosgarnedd and Chaplain of Ysbyty Gwynedd.
In 1999 Kathy moved to be Vicar of Betws y Coed, Dolwyddelan, Penmachno and Capel Curig, a post she held for 7 years.
In 2006 she moved back into the healthcare sector, becoming a Chaplain in the team that serves the hospitals in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the north-east of England.
In 2010 she became a Visiting Lecturer at Northumbria University, on the subjects of death and dying, spirituality at the end of life and communication skills in difficult situations.
In 2012 Kathy became Lead Chaplain at Northumbria Healthcare NHS foundation Trust, where she is responsible for managing a multi-faith team of 16 chaplains and 120 volunteers working within a specialist emergency care hospital, 3 general hospitals and 6 community Hospitals throughout Northumberland and North Tyneside.
The Archdeacon of Bangor
The Venerable Paul Davies
The Venerable Paul Davies was brought up in Pembrokeshire before reading theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter and the University of Oxford. After training for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon, he was ordained in 1997, serving his title as Minor Canon of St Davids Cathedral. This was followed by successive incumbencies at Solva in rural Pembrokeshire and Burry Port in post-industrial Carmarthenshire. During these years he also served the St Davids Diocese as Ecumenical Officer and Director of Ordinands.
Paul was installed as Archdeacon of Bangor in February 2012 and combines this post with serving as Rector of Llanfair Mathafarn Eithaf, Llanbedrgoch & Pentraeth on Anglesey. He is married to Louise and they have two children of junior school age. His professional interests include strategy for church growth and the theology and ecclesiology of canon law. Any spare time, after family and ministry, is spent on cycling, lifeboats, local history (having recently published a history of the parish of Burry Port) apple-macs, and the construction of rock lighthouses.
The Archdeacon of Meirionnydd
The Venerable Andrew Carroll Jones
The Venerable Andrew Jones was brought up in Pwllheli on the Llyn Peninsula before reading Theology at the Universities of Wales (Bangor and Lampeter), Dublin and Jerusalem. After training for ministry at Trinity College Dublin he was ordained in 1985, serving his title as Minor Canon of Bangor Cathedral. Following this he served as Rector of Dolgellau, then lecturer in Theology at Cardiff University and Director of Pastoral Studies at St. Michael’s College, Llandaff. In 1996 he returned to the Llyn Peninsula and served as Rector of Llanbedrog, Llannor, Llanengan and Llangian and later as Area Dean. Andrew was installed Archdeacon of Meirionnydd in 2010. His research interests include early medieval Christian texts, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the early post-Roman British (Celtic) Church as well as the contemporary experience of Pilgrimage. He also leads pilgrimages in Britain and Europe. He has written Pererindod Gwasg Gomer 1995, Every Pilgrims Guide to Celtic Britain and Ireland SCM/Canterbury Press 2002 (rep 2009), A Pilgrimage to Bardsey DVD 2009, and Pilgrimage: the journey to remembering our story BRF 2011. His personal interests include cycling, walking, all things Spanish and Italian, iconography and most of all wine-tasting.
The Ministry Archdeacon
THE VENERABLE PROFESSOR MIKE WEST
Canon Mike West was born near Ipswich in Suffolk and read theology at Oxford University, prior to undertaking ministerial training in Westcott House, Cambridge. He served as a School Chaplain and Assistant Curate in the Wolverhampton Team Ministry and then became Team Vicar of St Luke’s Church in the Hanley Team Ministry, Stoke on Trent. He then moved back to Suffolk to become Youth Officer in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and moved from there to be Vicar of St Thomas Church Ipswich. He then moved on to become the first Principal of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Local Ministry Scheme and Canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. After eight years Mike moved to Lincoln to be Canon Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral and the Lincoln Diocesan Director for Formation in Discipleship and Ministry. During that time he helped found and became the first Director of the Lincoln School of Theology and Ministry Studies and a Visiting Professor in Theology at Lincoln University. Five years ago he moved to Wales to be the Rector and Area Dean of Wrexham, Canon Chancellor of St Asaph Cathedral and a Visiting Professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of Glyndwr. He became Diocesan Director of Ministry, Director of the St Seiriol’s Centre and Residentiary Canon at Bangor Cathedral in 2013. Mike is married to Margaret. They have two children and two grandchildren. He enjoys walking, reading widely, sport and music.
The Diocesan Secretary
Siôn Rhys Evans
Siôn was brought up on Anglesey, but lived and worked mainly in London and Cardiff before returning to north Wales as Diocesan Secretary in 2013. Siôn’s work for the church began in a number of central London Anglican parishes. He subsequently served as Assistant General Secretary of Cytûn, Wales’s national ecumenical organisation, before taking up an appointment within the national coordinating team of the Methodist Church in Britain. There he was responsible for ministerial development, theological education and several significant infrastructure projects, all within the context of nurturing the Methodist’s Church’s identity as a discipleship movement shaped for mission. Within the diocese Siôn has responsibility for helping to resource the learning church, and for leading his colleagues within the Diocesan Centre team as together they support the witness and mission of ministry areas, parishes and all of God’s people across the diocese.