A new Vicar for Rhos on Sea will be licensed next week by the Bishop of St Asaph. The Reverend David Lewis will be responsible for the churches of St George and St Trillo as well as the tiny Chapel of St Trillo situated on the promenade. The service of licensing and welcoming will take place at St George’s Church, Rhos on Sea at 7pm on 28 February.
The Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron said: “I am delighted to welcome David Lewis to this new role in the diocese. Everywhere he has gone, David has been much loved by his congregations, because of his commitment to service and his desire to offer God’s love and compassion in all situations.”
David Lewis was born and raised in Prestatyn before reading History and American Studies at Keele University. After graduation, he worked as a Care Worker in a Leonard Cheshire home for the physically disabled in Consett, County Durham, and in Norfolk working with children in care.
David started his theological training in 1987 at St Michael’s College in Llandaff and was ordained in St Asaph Cathedral in 1990, serving as a curate in Llangollen. David has served all his ministry in the Diocese of St Asaph and comes to Rhos on Sea from Hawarden where he has been the Rector since 2011. David’s particular interests in ministry include social engagement and working with the marginalised, as well as ministry in schools and pastoral care.
David married Sue in 1998. Sue works in Wrexham as a tax officer and their family includes Andrew, Claire and Christian, who now have their own families. David’s interests include film, reading, theatre, country and folk music, and dog walking. David is a strong Doctor Who enthusiast, with various Daleks and Cybermen fighting for space in his study and he is learning to play the guitar.
David Lewis said: ‘It is a privilege to be appointed as Vicar of Rhos on Sea and both Sue and myself are looking forward to getting to know the community and making new friendships, as well as working in the wider Mission Area of Aled. It is a joy to be returning to the coastline where I was brought up and have so many links.’
The service of licensing and welcome is open to all. It takes place on 28 February at 7pm at St George’s Church, Rhos on Sea.