Joanna Penberthy

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The Right Reverend
Jo Penberthy
Bishop of St David's
Church Church in Wales
Diocese St David's
In office 30 November 2016 – present
Other posts Rector of Glan Ithon (September 2015 – November 2016)
Orders
Ordination 1984 (deaconess)
1987 (deacon)
1997 (priest)
Consecration 21 January 2017
by Barry Morgan
Personal details
Birth name Joanna Susan Penberthy
Born 1960 (age 56–57)
Nationality British (Welsh)
Denomination Anglicanism
Spouse Adrian Legg
Children Four
Alma mater Newnham College, Cambridge
St John's College, Nottingham
Cranmer Hall, Durham

Joanna Susan Penberthy (born 1960) is a British Anglican bishop. Since the confirmation on 30 November 2016 of her election,[1] she has been the Bishop of St David's, and the first woman to become a bishop in the Church in Wales.[2][3] She was consecrated a bishop on 21 January 2017 and was enthroned at St David's Cathedral on 11 February 2017.[2] Previously, she had been, since September 2015, Rector of the Benefice of Glan Ithon, comprising Llandrindod Wells and surrounding villages, in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon.[4][5]

She has ministered in the Church of England and the Church in Wales: she has served as a deaconess in the Diocese of Durham and the Diocese of Llandaff, as a deacon in the Diocese of Llandaff, the Diocese of St Asaph, and the Diocese of St David's, and as a priest in the Diocese of St David's, the Diocese of Bath and Wells, and the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon.[5]

Early life and education

Penberthy was born in 1960 in Swansea, Wales.[5][2] She was brought up in Cardiff, and was educated in the city at Cardiff High School, a comprehensive school.[2] She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1981; as per tradition, her BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Cantab) degree in 1985.[5] In 1983, she entered Cranmer Hall, Durham, an Evangelical Anglican theological college, to train for ministry.[5][3] During this time, she also studied for a Master of Theology (MTh) degree, which she completed in 1984.[5]

Ordained ministry

In 1984, Penberthy was made a deaconess in the Church of England.[5] From 1984 to 1985, she served as a full-time deaconess at St Andrew's Church, Haughton-le-Skerne in the Diocese of Durham.[2] She moved to Wales in 1985, and began her ministry in the Church in Wales. From 1985 to 1989, served as a full-time deaconess in the Benefice of Llanishen and Lisvane on the outskirts of Cardiff and in the Diocese of Llandaff.[5][2]

In 1987, Penberthy was ordained a deacon; the Church in Wales had ordained women to the diaconate since 1980.[5] From 1987 to 1989, she was also a non-stipendiary minister in the benefice of Llanishen and Lisvane.[2] From 1989 to 1993, she was a non-stipendiary minister in the benefice of Llanwddyn (St Wyddyn) and Llanfihangel-yng-Nghwynfa and Llwydiarth in the Diocese of St Asaph;[5] her husband served as its Vicar during this period.[6] From 1993 to 1995, she was a non-stipendiary minister in the benefice of St Sadwrn's Church, Llansadwrn with Llanwrda and Manordeilo in the Diocese of St David's;[2] her husband was vicar of this benefice from 1993 to 2010.[6] From 1994, she was also a Provincial Officer in the Division for Parochial Development and Renewal;[5] this was an appointment focused on evangelism.[7]

In 1997, Penberthy was ordained a priest; this was the first year that the Church in Wales ordained women to the priesthood, making her one of the first female priests in the province.[5][7] She continued working for the Division for Parochial Development and Renewal until 1999.[2] From 1999 to 2001, she was Priest-in-Charge of St Cynwyl's Church, Cynwyl Gaeo with Llansawel and Talley in the Diocese of St Davids.[2] She was made Vicar of the benefice in 2001.[5] She was also an Adult Education Officer for the Diocese of St David's between 2001 and 2002, and Warden of Readers for the diocese between 2002 and 2010.[2] In February 2007, she was also made a Canon of St David's Cathedral; she was the first woman to be appointed a canon at that cathedral.[8]

In 2010, Penberthy returned to England, leaving behind her benefice and canonry. From 2010 to 2011, she was Priest-in-Charge of the benefice of Charlton Musgrove (St John) (St Stephen), Cucklington and Stoke Trister in the Diocese of Bath and Wells.[2] She was made Rector of the benefice in 2011.[5] In July 2015, it was announced that she would be leaving the diocese to return to Wales.[4] On 8 September 2015, she was inducted as the Rector of Glan Ithon (a benefice consisting of Llandrindod Wells (Holy Trinity) (Old Parish Church) and Cefnllys with Diserth with Llanyre and Llanfihangel Helygen) in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon.[5][9]

Episcopal ministry

On 2 November 2016, it was announced that Penberthy had been elected the next Bishop of St David's.[2][3] She is the first woman to be elected a bishop in the Church in Wales.[3] Her election was confirmed on 30 November 2016,[1] thereby legally becoming the 129th Bishop of St David's. She was consecrated a bishop on 21 January 2017 during a service at Llandaff Cathedral, and she was enthroned at St David's Cathedral on 11 February 2017.[2][7]

Personal life

Penberthy is married to Adrian Legg who is also an Anglican priest.[9][6] Together, they have four children.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Church in Wales — Election of Wales’ first woman bishop is confirmed (Accessed 5 January 2017)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "New Bishop of St Davids elected". churchinwales.org.uk. The Church in Wales. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Canon Joanna Penberthy elected Wales' first woman bishop". BBC News. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Moving on: Revd Canon Joanna Penberthy". bathandwells.org.uk. Diocese of Bath and Wells. 23 July 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Joanna Susan Penberthy". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 2 November 2016.  (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b c "Adrian James Legg". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 10 November 2016.  (subscription required)
  7. ^ a b c Wyatt, Tim (4 November 2016). "First woman bishop in Wales elected". The Church Times. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "First woman canon for cathedral". BBC News. 6 February 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "New Beginnings in Llandrindod". swanseaandbrecon.churchinwales.org.uk. Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
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