Diocese of Swansea and Brecon

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Diocese of Swansea and Brecon
Esgobaeth Abertawe ac Aberhonddu
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon.svg
Ecclesiastical province Wales
Archdeaconries Brecon, Gower
Parishes 75 (est)
Cathedral Brecon Cathedral
Current leadership
Bishop John Davies
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales
Map of the dioceses in the Church in Wales

The Diocese of Swansea and Brecon was established as a Diocese of the Church in Wales in 1923 with Brecon Priory as the cathedral. The area of the diocese had formerly been the Archdeaconry of Brecon within the Diocese of St David's. The Diocese has a border with five other Welsh dioceses, as well as with the English Diocese of Hereford.

Edward Latham Bevan was made Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of St David's as Bishop of Swansea in 1915, and in 1923 he was elected as the first Bishop of the new diocese.

The current Bishop of the Diocese is the Right Reverend John Davies. He was elected as Bishop of Swansea and Brecon on 29 January 2008. Prior to being elected he was the Dean of Brecon Cathedral.

The current Archdeacons of The Swansea and Brecon Diocese are:

  • Brecon - The Venerable Alan Jevons
  • Gower - The Venerable Robert Williams


Archdeaconries and deaneries

Diocese Archdeaconry Deanery
Diocese of Swansea and Brecon Archdeaconry of Brecon Deanery of Greater Brecon
Deanery of Radnor and Builth
Archdeaconry of Gower Deanery of Afon Tawe (Swansea)
Deanery of Greater Gower

List of churches

The diocese is in the process of creating a collection of Ministry Areas. There are currently 193 churches, a similar number to other Church in Wales dioceses.

Afon Tawe (Swansea) Deanery

St Teilo, Caereithin (Clergy: Padraig Gallagher)[1]

Central Swansea (Clergy: Ian Rees, Ian Folks, John Anthony; Associate Priest: Helen Rees)

Clydach (Clergy: DT Martin)

  • St Mary, Clydach
  • St Michael, Trebanos

Cwmtawe Uchaf (Clergy: Vacant)

  • St Callwen, Callwen
  • Capel Coelbren, Coelbren

Glantawe (Clergy: Vacant)

  • St Margaret, Glantawe
  • St Peter, Glantawe

St Alban, Treboeth (Clergy: D Jones)

St Peter, Pontardawe (Clergy: GH Green)

Llangyfelach with Clase (Clergy: Anthony Porter)[3]

  • SS David & Cyfelach, Llangyfelach
  • St Teilo, Morriston

Llansamlet (Clergy: GD Wathan)[4]

  • St John, Llansamlet
  • St Samlet, Llansamlet
  • St Paul, Glais

St Michael & All Angels, Manselton (Clergy: AK Holmes)

St David, Morriston (Clergy: Hugh Lervy, AD Porter, LR Sharpe)[5]

St Barnabas and St Gabriel (Vicar: Mark Griffiths)

  • St Barnabas, Swansea
  • St Gabriel, Swansea[6]

St James, Uplands (Clergy: Mark Williams)[7]

St Nicholas-on-the-Hill, Townhill (Clergy: A Jones)

Cockett Parish - Ministry Area of Penderi (Clergy: Vacant)[8]

  • St Illtyd, Fforestfach
  • St Peter, Cockett

Swansea St Thomas and Kilvey (Vicar: Steve Bunting)[9]

  • St Stephen, Swansea
  • St Thomas, Swansea

St David, Ystalyfera (Clergy: TJ Hewitt)

St Cynog, Ystradgynlais (Clergy: D Roberts)

Greater Brecon Deanery

Beacons and Llyn Safaddan Benefices (Clergy: Kelvin Richards, AN Jevons, E Bramley)

  • St Meugan, Pencelli
  • St Tetti, Talybont-on-Usk
  • St Bridget, Llansantffraid-juxta-Usk
  • St Brynach, Llanfrynach
  • St Mary, Cantref
  • SS Illtyd & Peter, Llanhamlach
  • St Michael, Llanfihangel Talyllyn
  • St Gastyn, Llangasty Talyllyn
  • St Paulinus, Llangorse
  • All Saints, Bwlch
  • St Mary the Virgin, Llanywern

Blaenwysg (Clergy: MP Wilding)

  • Rhydybriw Chapel of Ease, Defynnog
  • St Mary, Trecastle
  • St David, Llywel
  • St Ilid, Cray
  • St Cynog, Defynnog
  • St Teilo, Llandeilo'r Fan

Brecon Cathedral (Clergy: Steven Griffith, JM Day, AP Shackerley)[10]

Brecon Ministry Area (Clergy: Steven Griffith)

Benefices of Cefncoed with Vaynor and Penderyn Mellte (Clergy: TJ Williams)

  • St Gwynno, Vaynor
  • St John the Baptist, Cefncoed
  • St John, Pontneathvaughan
  • St Mary, Ystradfellte

St Catwg (Crickhowell) Ministry Area (Clergy: Rana Khan, CJ Bevan, CP Bowler)

Dan yr Eppynt (Clergy: M Bailey)

  • SS Cynidr & Mary, Aberyscir
  • Bettws Penpont Parish Church
  • St David, Trallwng
  • St Michael, Llanfihangel Nant-Bran
  • St Maelog, Llandefaelog Fach
  • St Michael, Llanfihangel Fechan
  • St Cynog, Merthyr Cynog

Glasbury St Peter w Glasbury All Saints and Llowes w Clyro and Betws (Clyro) (Clergy: DE Thomas)

  • St Peter, Glasbury
  • Holy Trinity, Bettws Clyro
  • St Michael & All Angels, Clyro
  • All Saints, Glasbury
  • St Meilig, Llowes

Hay with Llanigon and Capel-y-Ffin (Clergy: RD Williams)

Llandefalle and Llyswen w Boughrood and Llanstephen w Talachddu (Clergy: IP Charlesworth)

  • St Matthew, Llandefalle
  • St Gwendoline, Llyswen
  • St Mary, Talachddu
  • St Steffan, Llanstephan
  • St Cynog, Boughrood

Talgarth with Bronllys with Llanfilo (Clergy: RT Edwards, LR Evans)

  • St Mary, Bronllys
  • St Bilo, Llanfilo
  • St Gwendoline, Talgarth

Greater Gower Deanery

Llwchwr Ministry Area[14]

  • St Catherine, Gorseinion (Priest-in-Charge: Adrian Morgan)[15]
  • St John the Evangelist, Gowerton (Vicar: Vacant)[16]
  • Loughor (Priest-in-Charge: Ian Drew-Jones)
    • St David, Loughor
    • St Michael, Loughor
  • St David, Penllergaer (Clergy: Vacant)
  • Llandeilo Tal-y-bont (Pontarddulais) (Vicar: John Gillibrand)
    • St Michael & All Angels, Pontardulais
    • St Teilo, Pontardulais
  • St Barnabas, Waunarlwydd (Vicar: Ian Davies; Curate: Julie Wagstaff)[17]

Clyne Trinity Ministry Area (Clergy: Phillip Gwynn, Robert Davies-Hannen)

  • All Souls, Tycoch[18]
  • St Hilary, Killay
  • St Martin, Dunvant
  • St Paul, Sketty[19]
  • Holy Trinity, Sketty[19]

Gower Ministry Area (Clergy: Tim Ardouin, Peter Brooks, NE King, RG Austin)

  • St Teilo, Bishopston (Rector: Andrew Pearce)[20]
  • SS Rhidian & Illtyd, Llanrhidian[21]
  • St Gwynour, Penclawdd[21]
  • St David's Mission Church, Penclawdd[21]
  • Penlan Church, Penclawdd
  • St Nicholas, Nicholaston
  • St John the Baptist, Penmaen
  • St Illtyd, Ilston
  • St Mary, Pennard
  • St Cennydd, Llangennith
  • St Madoc, Llanmadoc
  • St Cadoc, Cheriton
  • St Andrew, Penrice
  • St Cattwg, Port Eynon
  • St George, Reynoldston
  • St Mary the Virgin, Rhossili
  • St David, Llanddewi
  • St Illtyd, Oxwich

Mumbles Ministry Area (Clergy: K Evans, JB Davies, HD Griffiths, CM Darvill)[22]

  • All Saints, Oystermouth[23]
  • Norton Mission Church
  • Holy Cross, West Cross[24]
  • Clyne Chapel, Blackpill[24]
  • St Peter, Newton

Radnor and Builth Deanery

East Radnor Mission Area (Clergy: Mark Beaton, Melia Cope)

  • St David, Heyope[25]
  • St Cynllo, Llangunllo[25]
  • St Michael, Beguildy[25]
  • St Mary Magdalene, Bleddfa[25]
  • St Michael, Cascob
  • St Andrew, Norton
  • St Edward, Knighton
  • St David, Whitton
  • St Mary, Pilleth
  • St David, Colva
  • St Mary, Gladestry
  • St Michael, Llanfihangel Nantmelan
  • St Peter, Evancoyd
  • St Mary, New Radnor

Irfon and Wye Ministry Area (Clergy: Petra Beresford-Webb)[26]

  • Eglwys Oen Duw, Beulah
  • St James, Llanwrtyd Wells
  • St David, Llanwrtyd Wells
  • Llanlleonfel Parish Church
  • St Cadmarch, Llangammarch Wells
  • St Cannen, Cilmery
  • St Afan, Garth
  • All Saints, Newbridge-on-Wye
  • St Michael & All Angels, Llanfihangel Brynpabuan
  • St John the Divine, Cwmbach
  • St Afan, Llanafan Fawr

Builth Wells Ministry Area (Vicar: Neil Hook)[27]

  • St Mary, Builth Wells
  • St David, Llanddewi'r Cwm
  • St David, Maesmynis
  • St David, Llanynis
  • St Mauritius, Alltmawr

Colwyn (Clergy: LM Watson)

  • St David, Rhulen
  • St Mary, Llanfaredd
  • St Mary, Bettws Disserth
  • St Bridget, Llansantffraed-in-Elwel
  • St David, Glascwm
  • St David, Cregrina
  • St Matthew, Llanelwedd

Erwood Group with Painscastle Group (Clergy: Paul Keown)

  • St Dubricius, Gwenddwr
  • St Mary, Crickadarn
  • St Padarn, Llanbadarn y Garreg
  • St Cewydd, Aberedw
  • St Teilo, Llandeilo Graban
  • St Michael, Bryngwyn
  • St Peter, Painscastle
  • St David, Llanddewi-Fach
  • St Mary, Newchurch

West Radnor Ministry Area (Clergy: Andrew Perrin)

  • Ithon Valley Parish[28]
    • St Michael, Dolau
    • St Mary the Virgin, Abbeycwmhir
    • St Padarn, Cross Gates
    • St Tecla, Llandegley
    • St Anno, Llananno
    • St Padarn, Llanbadarn Fynydd
    • St Cynllo, Llanbister
    • St David, Llanddewi Ystradenni
  • Glan Ithon Parish (Curate: Bronwyn Curnow)[29]
    • Old Parish Church, Llandrindod Wells
    • Holy Trinity, Llandrindod Wells
    • St Michael, Cefnllys
    • St Cewydd, Disserth
    • St David, Howey
    • St Llyr, Llanyre
    • St Michael, Llanfihangel Helygen
  • Gwastedyn
    • St Gwrthwl, Llanwrthwl
    • St Harmon, St Harmon
    • St Clement, Rhayader
    • St Cynllo, Nantmel
    • St Mark, Nantmel
    • Nantgwyllt Chapel, Cwmdauddwr
    • St Bride, Cwmdauddwr


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