Archbishop of Wales: Currently vacant
The Right Reverend John Davies, Bishop of Swansea and Brecon (Senior Bishop)
Bishop John was born at Newport (Mon) in 1953. Educated at Bassaleg Grammar School, he graduated in law from the University of Southampton in 1974. From Southampton he moved on to the College of Law at Chester and was admitted as a solicitor in 1977, specialising in criminal law.
Bishop John left law to enter the ministry and was ordained in 1984. He served in a variety of parishes in the Diocese of Monmouth before being appointed Dean of Brecon. During eight years in that role, he oversaw significant improvements to the fabric and liturgy of the Cathedral. He was elected as the ninth Bishop of Swansea and Brecon in 2008.
Bishop John has retained a keen interest in issues of crime and punishment, with a particular concern about the nature of criminality and the effects of poor social and educational standards on those who end up as crime statistics. Having served as the chairman of the trustees of a large hospice in Newport, he also has a deep concern for the just provision of healthcare.
As a former church chorister, organist and choirmaster, Bishop John has a passionate interest in church music, seeing it as an important aspect of worship.
He also enjoys watching cricket and rugby, playing golf, cooking and walking. He is married to Jo, a Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation in the NHS Blood and Transplant Service. They have two children, Kate and Christopher.
The Right Reverend Andy John, Bishop of Bangor
Bishop Andy grew up in Aberystwyth. He went to Ysgol Penglais and graduated in Law at the University of Wales, Cardiff, in 1986 and in Theology at the University of Nottingham in 1988. He studied a Diploma in Pastoral Studies in 1989 at St John’s College, Nottingham. He was ordained as a deacon in 1989 and as priest in the Diocese of St Davids in 1990 and served all his ministry until his election as Bishop of Bangor within that Diocese. He was a curate for Cardigan, Y Ferwg and Mwnt from 1989 to 1991. He was a curate for Aberystwyth from 1991-1992. He served as vicar in the Rectoral Benefice of Aberystwyth from 1992 to 1999. He was vicar for Henfynyw with Aberaeron and Llanddewi Aberarth from 1999 to 2005 – a parish which expanded in 2005 to include Llanbadarn Trefeglwys. He has been vicar of Pencarreg and Llanycrwys since 2006 and Archdeacon of Cardigan since 2006.
Bishop Andy enjoys running, squash and mountain biking, playing the saxophone and the guitar. His is married to Caroline, who is also a deacon in the Church in Wales. Caroline was ordained as a Deacon when Andy was ordained as a priest in 1990. The couple have four children, a son Matthew, Bethany, Hannah, and Harriet.
The Right Reverend Gregory Cameron, Bishop of St Asaph
Bishop Gregory was born in south east Wales, and grew up in Monmouthshire. He discovered his faith as a teenager, and started attending the local Anglican Church (St Cybi). He was educated in Croesyceiliog Comprehensive School in Cwmbran. While reading Law at Oxford University, he discerned a vocation to the ordained ministry, and, on being accepted as an ordinand of the Church in Wales, took a Theology degree in Cambridge.
After studying at St Michael’s College, Llandaff, Gregory was ordained in the Diocese of Monmouth, serving for the next six years in parishes in the diocese. He later served as a school chaplain (Wycliffe College, Stonehouse) and as director of an educational charity (The Bloxham Project). In 2000, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales, appointed Gregory as his Chaplain.
In 2003, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion appointed Gregory as Director of Ecumenical Affairs at the Anglican Communion Office in London, and he became Deputy Secretary General a year later. In this role, Gregory was involved in Anglican Communion affairs and in the ecumenical dialogues of the Anglican Communion at global level.
Gregory has also lectured in Old Testament at St Michael’s College, Llandaff, and as an Honorary Research Fellow in Canon Law at the Centre for Law and Religion in Cardiff University. He is currently Co-Chair of the Anglican Oriental Orthodox International Commission.
He was elected Bishop of St Asaph in 2009, where he serves the Church in north east and central Wales.
Gregory is married to Clare, a teacher of music, and they have three sons. Gregory has a wide range of interests and enjoys reading, heraldry, calligraphy and Egyptology. In his ministry, he seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in fresh and exciting ways, and believes that the Christian faith offers profound hope and challenge to the world and to today’s society. This does not stop him being a fan of science fiction, including Dr Who.
The Right Reverend Richard Pain, Bishop of Monmouth
Richard Pain was elected Bishop of Monmouth having served as Archdeacon of Monmouth for the past five years. He has served in the diocese for nearly 30 years – as Vicar in Monmouth for 10 years and also vicar in Risca, Six Bells and Cwmtillery and as a curate in Caldicot.
Richard graduated from Bristol University and University of Wales, Cardiff, and trained for ministry at St Michael’s College, Llandaff. He has held a number of diocesan and provincial appointments with a particular interest in ministry – the selection and training of clergy and other church leaders. He has been Warden of Ordinands for Monmouth Diocese, Chairman of the Provincial Selection Board and a member of the Church’s Governing Body.
Richard is married to Julie and the couple have two grown-up sons, Jonathan and Christopher. A keen amateur photographer, Richard also plays the classical guitar
The Right Reverend Joanna Penberthy, Bishop of St Davids
The Right Reverend Joanna Penberthy was born in Swansea and grew up in Cardiff. She was educated at Cardiff High School and graduated from Newnham College, Cambridge. She trained for the ministry St John’s College, Nottingham and Cranmer Hall, Durham.
She was made a deaconess in 1984, ordained as a Deacon in 1987 and was among the first women ordained as priests in Wales in 1997.
She has served in the dioceses of Durham, Llandaff, St Asaph and St Davids and was also the Provincial officer for Parish Development and Renewal for five years. In 2007 she was appointed a Canon at St Davids Cathedral.
Canon Joanna left Wales in 2010 to serve in the Diocese of Bath and Wells but returned last year as Rector of Glan Ithon, in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon, based in Llandrindod Wells.
She is married to the Revd Adrian Legg and they have four grown-up children and one grandchild. Her interests include quantum physics (currently studying for a PhD), reading and bird-watching.
Bishop of Llandaff: Currently vacant
The Right Reverend David Wilbourne, Assistant Bishop of Llandaff
Bishop David was born in Derbyshire in 1955, schooled in Yorkshire, and studied Natural Sciences and Theology at Jesus College and Westcott House, Cambridge. Prior to ordination, David worked for Barclays Bank for six years and taught as a University Supervisor in New Testament and Koine Greek. Ordained deacon in 1981 and priest the following year, he ministered first in urban Middlesbrough, then as rector of a semi-rural parish north of Pontefract, where, amongst other things, he ran a Ancient Greek class for twenty parishioners. In 1991 he moved on to be the Archbishop of York’s chaplain, working with John Habgood for four years prior to his retirement and then continuing to work with his successor, David Hope. He was also Director of Ordinands, selecting men and women for the ordained ministry and taking them through training to their first post. In September 1997 he moved from Bishopthorpe to be Vicar of Helmsley, a moorland market town in North Yorkshire and for six years was chair of governors of Ryedale School, a high-achieving rural comprehensive. Archbishop John Sentamu made him a canon of York in 2008.
A son of a priest, David is married to Rachel, a history and RE teacher and parish website designer, and they have three daughters. His interests include cycling, hill walking and writing, particularly trying to strike a balance between the humorous and the poignant. His first book, An Archbishop’s Diary, was published in 1995. This was followed by A Vicar’s Diary and A Summer’s Diary about which David comments: ‘When I was ten my family moved into the deep country 15 miles south east of York.The place was described in Arthur Mee’s East Riding as forlorn and far away – I think he was being over kind! But it was a place I grew to love, the fields, the farms, the Derwent and its Ings, the open countryside. It seemed natural to set my two novels there. In many ways I wrote the books in my head when I was ten. Then they simmered for thirty years before I set them down. I also wanted to celebrate people, the Church and the world around us. There’s a lot of humour, a lot of poignancy which is worth noting. I’m not very fond of the culture of contempt where we seem to run everything down.’ Both books are being sold by Llandaff Cathedral in aid of its Organ Fund.
His other two books are A Virgin’s Diary (the diary of a teenage Mary-with-attitude in the run up to Jesus birth) and You were made for me ( a study in how personal pronouns give away our faith and our take on life), and at present he is working on the authorised biography of John Habgood. Prior to moving to Wales, David was a regular diarist in the Church Times for over 12 years and is a Member of the Society of Authors. He is a frequent after-dinner speaker, broadcaster, retreat and conference leader.
David was consecrated Assistant Bishop of Llandaff in April 2009. On his appointment he commented: ‘I have always admired the Church in Wales because it effortlessly combines friendliness with holiness, its Gospel one that is unashamed of its own tenderness: that strikes me as Anglicanism at its very best. Chiefly I come empty-handed, keen to listen, to learn and to affirm life in all its fullness. Then let’s see where God leads us from there.’