The Rev’d John Davis
has been licensed, inducted, and installed as our new Team Rector.
Please pray for John and his family as they join us in Whitchurch;
and for our future ministry and witness
together in this Benefice.
Facebook page: @rector
email address: email@example.com
To read a comprehensive (!) biopic about our new Rector,
please click here
The Rev’d Peter Mortimer
Peter served in the benefice as Assistant Curate from January 2013. He was appointed as Team Vicar with special responsibility for All Saints’, Rhiwbina, in July 2014.
Before being ordained Peter worked for the Ordnance Survey as a Land Surveyor, and for a National Family organisation.He is married to Lois and they have two children.
( Article from ‘Croeso’, Harvest 2014 Edition )
Curate becomes Team Vicar in Whitchurch.
A former action man charity worker has taken over as Team Vicar in a Cardiff suburb. The Rev’d Peter Mortimer, who was previously curate in the Rectorial Benefice of Whitchurch for four years, was licensed as Team Vicar on 8th July, 2014, moving to Rhiwbina, where he has special responsibility for All Saints’ Church.
The son of a priest, Peter worked for the charity ‘Care for the Family’ in Taff’s Well, where he ran the outdoor pursuits programme for families and young people. After being ordained at Llandaff Cathedral in 2010, he worked originally as a Non-Stipendiary Minister, before becoming a full-time priest eighteen months ago.
“Growing up in the church and being the son of a priest meant that the idea of a calling was always there, but I had to make sure it was my calling,” said Peter, 53, who is married to Lois, a midwife, and has two children aged 19 and 17. ” I spent fifteen years working for a Christian charity, which was a form of ministry focusing on families and young people. I see my ministry as very much mission-based – going out into the community instead of waiting for the community to come into church to find me.”
He was licensed by the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, David Wilbourne, in a special service at All Saints’ Church, Rhiwbina.
“Peter has already set an impressive track record in the Whitchurch Benefice, and he will put himself at Rhiwbina’s disposal, following in the steps of Jesus, Who came to serve rather than be served. Several people came up to me before Peter even began and told me how brilliant he was at putting himself into their midst, his concern genuine and heartfelt,” said Bishop David.
” Peter clearly drinks Christ’s cup of suffering by entering into people’s suffering, by getting alongside every wounded soul, and proclaiming, by his very presence, that they are not alone, that Christ weeps with them. Every time I have met Peter I have been humbled by his priestly presence, and so I rejoice that that presence will now benefit all the people of Rhiwbina.”
In his spare time Peter, who hails from North Wales – where his father, Rev’d William Raymond Mortimer was Rector of Llanrwst – is a keen armchair sportsman. He is particularly passionate about football and rugby.
” I used to play football in my younger days but finally retired from playing at 39! I just watch now, and go hill-walking instead to keep fit.”
He also enjoys contemporary music and reading.
( Click on the link below to view the original ‘Croeso’ article.)
The Rev’d Nicholas Gill – Assistant Curate
Nicholas was born on 18th February, 1986, in Radbrook, a village near the market town of Newport, Shropshire. The family stayed there for about three years, moving to Shrewsbury just before his younger brother Robert was born. Nicholas attended a small local school, Moorfield Primary, then moved on to Burton Borough Secondary School, where he eventually studied Geology, Classics, and Psychology for A Level.
He came to Wales when he was nineteen and began to study for a degree in Classics at Lampeter. But he confesses that Classical Greek ‘ hurt my head ‘, so he after he completed his Classics degree he started all over again and changed course to read Theology instead. Unfortunately Classical Greek formed an intrinsic part of the second year theology degree course, so there was no avoiding it!
Nicholas is a committed ecumenist. This is hardly surprising, given his family background: though his mother and maternal grandmother were practising Anglicans, his father is a Welsh-speaking Welsh Baptist, there is a United Reformed uncle, and several Roman Catholic cousins! “ When I was with the family, I just went to whichever church they attended!” he says.
He and his wife Georgina, a native of Lampeter, met in the Black Lion in Lampeter, where Nicholas worked in the bar and Georgina in the kitchen. As Nicholas finished his degrees, Georgina began hers, reading for a degree in Mediæval History. They were married in the University Chapel and now have three young daughters. Nicholas reports that Georgina is ‘currently exploring her own vocation’. She loves working with children and envisages a future career in teaching or youth work.
What Nicholas describes as his Damascene moment came out of the blue when he and his mother, on a visit to brother Robert, were having afternoon tea in Cardiff’s Angel Hotel. To his own enormous surprise, he suddenly asked:’ Mum, could you see me as a priest?’ She looked somewhat perplexed, but answered;’ Well, yes, I suppose so!’.
So Nicholas joined St Padarn’s Institute where he studied for three years, with a one year placement at St Mark’s Gabalfa with the Rev’d Bob Capper, followed by two years in the Rectorial Benefice of Barry with the Rev’d Ben Andrews. He was ordained Deacon on 30th June, 2018, in Llandaff Cathedral.
We offer Nicholas, Georgina and the girls a warm welcome to the Whitchurch Benefice as they come to live and work among us. We hope they will settle in quickly – once the renovation of the curate’s house in St John’s Crescent is complete. Until this work is done, the Gill family is spending a month in what Nicholas describes as ‘ a rather nice holiday cottage’ – the vacant vicarage of Pendoylan.
The Rev’d Andrew Highway –
The Rev’d Andrew writes:
I am delighted to have been appointed to serve in the Whitchurch Benefice and, in particular, in All Saints’ Rhiwbina as an Associate Priest. The Benefice of Whitchurch has a special place in our family as All Saints’ Rhiwbina is our home church. It’s where our children were baptised by Rev’d Mark Greenaway-Robbins, and where I was a Eucharistic Server.
Upon my ordination as a Deacon in 2012 I served as an NSM ( Non-Stipendiary Minister ) Assistant Curate in the Parish of Llanishen, Cardiff. In 2016 I moved to the newly-created Benefice of Eglwysilan & Caerphilly to work in the ministry team led by the Rector, Rev’d Mark Greenaway-Robbins.
As a Non-Stipendiary Minister I also have a full-time job in local government. My wife Sarah and I have three grown-up children and a house cat. In the few moments of spare time I get between working and serving the church, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. I am a lifelong supporter of Manchester City and like watching Formula One motor racing.
I have written three books on prayer: ‘Life’s Complicated, Pray Simply’,‘Seasons of Prayer’, and ‘Prayers God Answers’.
I know many of you already from my time in the Benefice, and look forward to meeting you all.
Barbara Harding normally works on Mondays from 10am to 2pm, but these hours may occasionally vary.
Honorary ( Retired ) Clergy
- Rev’d Canon John Binny
- Rev’d Ray J Lewis
- Rev’d Eddie Davies
- Rev’d Canon Sally Davies
- Rev’d Anne Swann
- Bishop Richard Fenwick
- Rev’d Tony Stephens
- Rev’d Canon Richard Lowndes
- Dr Geoff Foot