The Rev’d John Davies, currently Vicar of Tredegar,
has been appointed as our new Team Rector,
and we look forward to welcoming him among us
at the end of April.
Please pray for John and his family as they prepare
to join us in Whitchurch;
and for our future ministry and witness
together in this Benefice.
Canon John Rowlands, the former incumbent,
was installed as
Vicar of the Parish of Whitchurch in July 1997.
In January 2002 the Rectorial Benefice of Whitchurch, Cardiff,
was legally established, comprising
St Mary’s Parish Church, All Saints’ Church, Rhiwbina,
and St Thomas’s Church, Birchgrove.
Canon Rowlands became its Team Rector.
In March 2014 the Benefice was enlarged to include
All Saints’ Church, Llandaff North.
Canon Rowlands celebrated his farewell Eucharist
on Sunday, 16th July 2017 in St Mary’s Parish Church.
We wish him a long, happy, and healthy retirement
after his twenty-year ministry amongst us.
See Home Page > Announcements > The Rev’d Chancellor J.H.L.Rowlands – a Tribute and Time-Line.
The Rev’d Marja Flipse
Marja’s journey to All Saints’, Llandaff North, was a long and interesting one. It took her from her hometown of Goes in the Netherlands to the University of Leiden, where she gained her MA in Theology, via the University of St Andrews in Scotland and Westcott House Theological College, Cambridge, to Wales, where she worked as a pastoral assistant in the Benefice of Canton. Marja trained at St Michael’s College, Llandaff, gained an MPhil (on the subject of the role of music in worship), was made Deacon in 2008, and ordained Priest in 2009. She went on to serve curacies in the Parishes of Roath, Cardiff, and of Newton Nottage, Porthcawl. In February 2014 she was licensed as Team Vicar in the Rectorial Benefice of Whitchurch with special responsibility for Llandaff North. Marja is married to Gareth, who is an accountant. They share a love of books, sushi, singing in the Welsh Camerata, and playing music – Gareth plays the bassoon and Marja plays the recorder, viol, harpsichord, piano and clarinet.
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 Jonathon Wright – Assistant Curate
The Rev’d Jonathon Wright, our Assistant Curate, was ordained Deacon in Llandaff Cathedral on 27th June 2015. and priested a year later.
Jonathon continues to carry out research for a Doctorate in Jewish Pseudepigrapha and Christian transmission at Oxford University. He submitted his PhD thesis earlier this year.
Before entering St Stephen’s House, Jonathon spent ten years as Logistics Officer in the Royal Navy, serving with surface ships, with the Royal Marines ( where he gained his green beret ) and in the submarine service. It was during his ten years in the Royal Navy that he was sent to Cambridge University to read for his initial degree in Theology.
Jonathon and his wife Charlie ( aka Charlotte ) were married in 2011 and their first child, Martha, was born a week before Jonathan’s ordination.
Charlie read for a music degree at Oxford, but now practises law. She is an accomplished double bass player, and enjoys playing in orchestras. She also likes reading and, when not pregnant, running and horse riding. She and Jonathon met through their common interest in Modern Pentathlon. Jonathon describes himself as a ‘keen sportsman’ whose particular interest is competitive épée fencing.
We welcome all three members of the Wright family to our Benefice, and hope that they will be happy, blessed, and fulfilled in their ministry to us.
Barbara Harding normally works on Mondays from 10am to 2pm, but these hours may occasionally vary.
Honorary ( Retired ) Clergy
- Rev’d John Binny
- Rev’d Ray J Lewis
- Rev’d Hubert Lewis
- Rev’d Alan Luff
- Dr Geoff Foot