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First new priest for parish in 36 years

Parishioners in one Merthyr Tydfil parish will welcome their first new priest in 36 years.

Rev’d Martyn Perry will be licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church, Cyfarthfa, on Tuesday (10th September) by the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, David Wilbourne.

He will serve at Christ Church, Cyfarthfa, and St Luke’s Church, Gellideg, taking over from Revd Canon Steve Morgan who retired this summer after 36 years of ministry.

Originally from Sebastopol in Torfaen, Father Martyn moves to Merthyr from Cowbridge where he served as a team vicar. Prior to that he was Rector of  Cilybebyll for 14 years and vicar of Pontlottyn with Fochriw for four years.

He’s already very familiar with his new parish as he and his wife, Fay, have been frequent visitors to Christ Church on their free Sundays over the years.

Father Martyn, 56, says, “There is a very good pattern of collaborative ministry and outreach here, with dozens of people involved in leading worship, which is very heartening. What also impresses me is the social dimension – such as the food bank and night shelter the parish is involved in. It’s a practical expression of people’s commitment to Christ and their desire to serve the community. There is also a strong relationship here with other churches in the town – we are working together, not in opposition.

“Merthyr is a fabulous area with really warm people. It is good to come back and see the amount of regeneration and change that has taken place over the past 20 years. The welcome Fay and I have had has been amazing and we are really looking forward to getting to know people in the church and the community and working with them.”

Bishop David says, “Martyn brings a rich and varied experience of ministry, including a proven expertise in encouraging all Christians in his care to develop their God-given talents to the benefit of both church and world. In that ministry he is faithfully and energetically supported by his wife, Fay, and I know how thrilled they are to be moving to Merthyr and how much they look forward to getting to know the community there.”

Father Martyn  and Fay have two grown-up sons. In his spare time he enjoys walking, playing and listening to jazz fusion music and progressive rock and following Cardiff City.

Father Martyn will be licensed on Tuesday at Christ Church, Cyfarthfa. The service starts at 7.30pm and all are welcome.