Diocesan press releases

New priest to start innovative ministry in north east Wales

A priest from Cheshire will begin a new ministry in Wales this summer.

The Revd Gill Stanning will be a pioneer priest in the Borderlands Mission Area where she will work across numerous communities on a variety of projects and events.  Unlike traditional priests, she won’t have responsibility for a particular church or churches.

The Borderlands Mission Area serves Buckley, Bistre, Hawarden, Connah’s Quay, Shotton, Llanfynydd, Pentrobin and Hope.

Gill Stanning, who is moving to Wales with her husband, Grant and teenage son, Tom, said: ‘I am very excited about the fresh challenges and opportunities that this new role offers.  I am passionate about helping others to develop spiritually and hope to help re-establish the church at the heart of our communities through innovative projects.’

Gill’s interests include community engagement, organising events and projects, street and indoor theatre and working with young people. She graduated from Bangor University in 1986 with a degree in Biblical Studies and has had a long career in education before being ordained for full-time ministry in 2010.

Commenting on the arrival of Gill Stanning in the Diocese of St Asaph, Bishop Gregory Cameron said: ‘It is good to welcome Gill to the diocese. Gill has huge experience in ministry, and brings fresh ideas to pioneer new ways of living out Christ’s call to the Church. We are pleased to have her join the team’.

There will be a special service of welcome on Thursday 31 August at Emmanuel Church, Bistre, that will be led by the Archdeacon of Wrexham, the Ven. Bob Griffiths.  The service starts at 7pm and everyone is welcome.