Cornwall to Cardiff to Canada to Caerffili

Published on 2nd February, 2015
Cardiff-Canada-Caerffili

Cornwall – Cardiff – Canada – Caerffili

Cornwall ↠ Cardiff  ↠ Canada ↠ Caerffili :
The story of Rev’d Mark Greenaway-Robbins’s life ( with brief stops along the way at the Universities of Jerusalem, Oxford, and Birmingham – not to mention a somewhat longer, four-and-a-half year ministry in All Saints’ Church, Rhiwbina. )

On Tuesday, 27th January in St Martin’s Church, Caerffili,  Rev’d Mark was inducted as the Rector of the newly-formed Rectorial Benefice of Eglwysilan and Caerffili by Dr Barry Morgan, Bishop of Llandaff and Archbishop of Wales.

Dr Morgan said:  “I am delighted that Mark Greenaway-Robbins has returned to the diocese.  He has served as a team vicar in Whitchurch and he is a deeply prayerful, pastoral, caring priest who will bring his considerable gifts as he leads the new Rectorial Benefice of Eglwysilan and Caerphilly.”

The two Parishes were merged on the retirements of Rev’d Sue Rees and Canon Robert Donkin from their respective Parishes of Eglwysilan and Caerffili.

In licensing the Ministerial Team for the new Benefice, Archbishop Barry reminded us that
‘ ministry belongs to all the baptised, and that we all share in the work of Christ’s Church.’

He called on us to  ‘ dedicate ourselves anew to living, worshipping, and witnessing together in the Benefice to the glory of God, as we seek to make manifest Christ’s kingdom and reign.’

Rev’d Mark joins Rev’d Gareth Coombes, Team Vicar, and Rev’d Sue Pratten, Assistant Curate who, together with Reader Mr Doug Nelms were licensed as the Ministry Team for the new Benefice.  “I have only ever served in team ministries, it is in my comfort zone, and I know they can be incredibly effective in terms of ministry and mission,” said Mark.

Originally from Cornwall, Mark was a curate in Redruth, West Cornwall before serving as Team Vicar in Rhiwbina for four-and-a-half years. He moved to Canada in 2006, where he was Rector of St James’s Church, Vancouver, for eight and a half years.  Perhaps in recognition of his Cornish origins, Rev’d Mark chose the hymn
‘Cornish Saints’ by Rev’d Canon H Miles Brown for his Collation and Induction service.

Mark returns to Wales with his wife Ruth ( a professional musician who intends training as a nurse ) their two children Simeon, 12, and Anastasia, 7, and their two rescue dogs, a Newfoundland cross and a German Shepherd cross.