priest

Priests share in people’s life journeys, walking with them and standing alongside them in both their joys and sorrows. Alongside pastoral care, preaching, and teaching, the priest is also called to celebrate the sacraments (including baptism and holy communion). Some priests are paid a wage (a stipend), while others are financially self-supporting. Non-Stipendiary Ministers (local) are Priests who are ordained to work in a geographically defined area.

A ministry of service, leadership and mission, helping and enabling other Christians to realise their potential.

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Rebecca Stevens

Priest (Paid) - Diocese of Monmouth

Who am I and what do I do?
My name is Rebecca Stevens and I am a curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston and Rudry with specific pastoral responsibility focused in Bedwas and Rudry. I am also the lead person in building links and relationships with the local schools. 

My role is varied and although there are fixed events each day such as morning prayer and Eucharist’s, no two days are similar. Today involved morning prayer, school assembly, pastoral visit to an ill parishioner, writing a sermon, a baptism visit, a 3 mile dog walk with a parishioner who wanted to talk about a sensitive issue as they find it easier talking while walking, and tonight I will be going to the local bowls club to try my hand at a game.

Training/Qualification to do the role
I trained as a residential student for three years at St Michael’s College in  Llandaff, Cardiff. As part of my training I completed a BTh in Theology while going on various practical placements ranging from a city centre parish, a parish in the suburbs of Cardiff to university and hospital chaplaincy.

What Ministry means to me
“Ministry for me means service. It is more than just what I do but what I am. I hope that everything I do and am will lead people to God, and I do it because every fibre of me feels called to do this. To bring people closer to God through words, action and the Eucharist. In Lilo and Stitch, an animated film, this sentence is said: “Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” Ministry for me is ensuring no one gets left behind or forgotten, from the very young to the very old, either physically or emotionally”.


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John Hancock

Priest (Non-Stipendiary Local) - Diocese of St Davids

Who am I and what do I do?
I am a self-supporting minister and have been working how to do things in the strength of Christ for many years. I have expertise in change-management and a background in the Royal Air Force.

Training/Qualification to do the role
I trained as a reader and felt that I was being called on to Ordained ministry, but not called to leave my home or be a traditional kind of ‘vicar’.  I trained through the Diocesan SSM(L) scheme, and was ordained Deacon in September 2014.

What Ministry means to me
I have decided to shut down my business to focus more on local work with Church, family, Care Home and of course my “local ministry of chatting”. I aim to help others explore and develop their own ministries and teams, and am  enjoying the opportunity to visit and encourage people in a new way.


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Nigel Doyle

Priest (Non-Stipendiary) - Diocese of Swansea & Brecon

Who am I and what do I do?
I am a non-stipendiary priest currently working on the Gower Peninsula. I have also been privileged to have served as the Swansea and Brecon Diocesan Clerical Secretary for five years. 

Training/Qualification to do the role
I started in formal ministry in 1990 as a Licensed Reader, a ministry which was very rewarding and led to a growing realisation of God’s call to other ministry, which included nine years working as a volunteer with the HP Prison Swansea Chaplaincy team.  During this time of preparation I came to realise that I am a Liberation Theologian.  I was selected for ordained ministry training in 2000 and following ordination as Deacon in 2003 served in Treboeth and Landore for six years.

What Ministry means to me
I discovered very early that ministry is all three about relationships:

  • with yourself
  • with others
  • with God

All three must be underpinned with regular prayer and reflection.  Ministry is not restricted to your parish, God uses you wherever you are be it in work, the market, or on the Gower beaches; you just use the opportunities God gives and do what is necessary to help others to release and use their own God given gifts.