Reverend Justin Davies
Born in Haverfordwest and brought up in the West Midlands I spent 35 years in the bus industry finishing with 19 years as Managing Director of First Cymru Buses in Swansea. I moved to full time ministry in April 2018. My journey through faith can be traced back to my childhood and my Grandfather Albert Barnes who was a Sidesman at Brecon Cathedral. I became a Licenced Reader in the Church in Wales 10 years ago and was ordained Deacon in June 2016 and Priest in June 2017. I'm married to Heather, we met in Tunbridge Wells Kent and married in the United Reformed Church in that town. We have one daughter Rebekah. My sister lives in Cambridge and is married to Nigel Uden Moderator of the United Reformed Church.
Parish Safeguarding Officer - Claire Glass
Claire is the officer responsible for ensuring that our Parish fulfills all its obligations and requirements for Safeguarding people of all ages with whom we come into contact.
My life began on a farm on the slopes of Mt Kenya. In 1965, my family migrated to New Zealand to continue farming. I trained as a children’s nurse and then travelled. In London, I met and married a Kenya lad. With two small girls we migrated to Wales – the best decision we made for us as a family. My Christian life was part of growing up, lapsed and then quietly regrew in All Souls, Langham Place and St Illtyd’s, Oxwich. As well as being Safeguarding Officer for S.W. Gower I am also Health & Safety Officer for St Illtyd’s, which just involves receiving reports on issues from congregation members.
Parish Warden - Hugh Dunthorne
Hugh and his wife Kirstine lived for thirty years in Swansea, where they both worked as teachers and where their three children were brought up. They moved to Port Eynon in 2001, and it was hearing the sound of hymns wafting across the churchyard on a Sunday morning that first drew Hugh into the life of St Cattwg's. He became a sub-warden of the church in 2006 and in due course a parish warden. He is also a lay worship leader. He enjoys music, art and, more unexpectedly, amateur dramatics - though he now realizes that teaching and acting have quite a lot in common!
Parochial Church Council Minutes Secretary - position vacant
Parish Warden - Alan Glass
I was born in South Africa, and grew up in Kenya from the age of three to twenty-one (through Mau Mau and Independence), when I moved to London, to work in property. After marrying Claire, we moved to Wales in 1985, settling in Oxwich in 1988, to bring up our two daughters. St Illtyd’s Chuch, Oxwich (where I am Fabric Co-ordinator and Committee Chairman), has a stunning location and welcoming congregation, a reputation it strives to uphold. I was recently elected as People's Warden for the United Parish, and currently serve on Governing Body.
Wardens St Illtyd's Oxwich - Diane Workman and
Rosemary - I have lived in Oxwich for 26 years and have been a member of St. Illtyd’s for the same length of time. Ten years ago I was among the first group, in the diocese, to be trained as Worship Leaders and have led occasional services ever since. I also lead intersessions on a regular basis.
While our Rector’s Warden addresses most Ministry Area and Diocesan business, I try to maintain contact with parishioners and villagers in need of help and fellowship. I hope this maintains a bridge between church and village and helps make the church an integral part of the community.
Licensed Reader - Penny Henderson
Born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe),graduated in South Africa, I came to Britain in 1964 to study for PGCE. Married John in 1965, and worked part-time in UCS library, then lecturing at Swansea Art College before our children were born. Started part-time piano teaching and supporting children’s work in the parish, including Knelston School, since mid-70’s, when I also became Founder Secretary of The Gower Festival, serving there for 11 years. I have served on several committees in Church in Wales at local, Diocesan and Provincial level, and continue to serve as warden, secretary and organist of St David’s church in Llandewi. My journey of faith was greatly influenced by my parents-in-law, Prof and Mrs Henderson, and brother-in-law, Rev Aidan Burn-Murdoch, who variously ministered in Gower 1973-1991. Licensed as Reader to primarily serve in the United Parish in 2003.
Warden St George's Reynoldston - Sheila Williams
Born and brought up in Lancashire, I went to Durham as a student, and there met Welsh mathematician David. We spent three years in Cambridge after we married, moving to Southgate, Pennard, with our daughter in 1969. Our second daughter was born there. We moved back to Cambridge in 1985, returning to Gower on David's retirement in 1999 via a 7-year stop-off in Bath.
Over the years I have worked with young people as teacher, guide captain, Sunday School teacher, and youth club helper. I am part of the Reynoldston Worship Leaders team, and enjoy taking part in Services. I have been sub-Warden for over 10 years.
Wardens St Mary the Virgin Rhossili - Gill Wales and Anne Morse Jones
Gill has been church warden and/or PCC member for St Mary's since about 1975, and was Sunday school teacher for 20 years before that, so she has been involved, together with her late husband and family, in most aspects of church life for over half a century since she came to live here as a newly-wed to Colin. She is particularly skilled at knitting and needlework, and constantly fund-raises for the church by selling her arts and crafts to locals and visitors alike.
Anne was Rhossili's postmistress for many years before retirement, and has been a church member for over 40 years, serving several times as church warden and on the PCC. Both Anne and Gill are also active trustees of the Bowen Richards Trust which manages the church car park.
For church enquiries please contact Gill on 01792 390575.
Licensed Reader and Parish Treasurer - Peter Davies
Former Chairman of Principality Building Society and Chairman of Council for University of Wales in Swansea, Peter has enjoyed a significant career in finance and also served as High Sheriff of the County of West Glamorgan and as Deputy Lieutenant of the County of West Glamorgan.
Born and bred in Swansea, at 18 Peter was baptised as a Baptist then, with his wife Jean, went on to have a long association with the Baptist Chapel at Stanwell Rd Penarth. Later they commenced a long-term relationship with St Illtyd’s Church Oxwich. Peter became a confirmed member, served as warden, and was persuaded by Bishop John (now Archbishop) to serve as Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance for the Church in Wales – a temporary position which lasted more than 4 years! He has also been treasurer for the united parish and for two of the six churches.
Peter was a lay worship leader in the parish for over 10 years before recently being licensed by the Archbishop as a diocesan Lay Reader.
Warden St Cattwg's Port Eynon - Robert Dyer
Warden St Andrew's Penrice
Rev Justin Davies
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