Rev David Parry
David’s ancestors came from Llangernyw in the Conwy Valley, but he was born in Scotland and grew up in the South of England. David used to be a social worker for a local authority, but over 25 years ago he was called to ordained ministry and became an Anglican priest.
For 11 years David was Liverpool Diocese’s Director of Ordinands, helping hundreds of people to explore a possible vocation to full-time Christian ministry. At the same time he was the vicar of two vibrant multi-cultural parishes alongside the River Mersey: Christ Church Toxteth Park and St. Michael-in-the-Hamlet. He has also served as an Area Dean and an honorary chaplain among deaf people.
Since May 2016, Reverend David Parry has been the Vicar and Leader of our new combined parish, Bro Celynnin Ministry Area.
Rev Eryl Parry
Eryl has strong links to North Wales, her parents being from Llanberis. She had careers in retail management for John Lewis around the UK, then tourism and event management in her hometown of Liverpool.
Eryl was ordained as a Pioneer Priest by the Bishop of Bangor in 2020 – appropriately in our own Llangelynnin Old Church. The main focus of Eryl’s ministry is seeking creative and innovative ways to connect with people who are not part of gathered church life. She is also a Trustee of the Bardsey Island Trust, where she is also a Chaplain.
Rev Susan Blagden
Reverend Susan Blagden, is an Oblate (lay member) of the Community of St Mary the Virgin, Wantage. She is a Photographer, Spiritual Director and Retreat leader with a particular interest in the Christian mystics, eco-spirituality and exploring contemplative prayer through photography. She enjoys being able to live, minister, and pray within the Bro Celynnin Ministry Area with its Cistercian and Celtic heritage, set within the beautiful Snowdonia National Park.
Heather was licensed as a Lay Reader at Canterbury Cathedral in 2004, so was pleased to join the ministry team in Bro Celynnin, being licensed to Bangor Diocese at St Mary’s Conwy in 2019. She was born and brought up in a Christian family in Ramsgate, Kent and came to faith when she was 14. Heather worked in libraries in Kent for over 25 years. She and her husband Ian moved to Gyffin, Conwy in 2017 to do the school run for their granddaughter as she started her education at Porth y Felin and joined the congregation of St Benedict’s Gyffin. Heather is Bro Celynnin’s Christian Aid representative and is enjoying learning Welsh – slowly but surely!