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Rhosllanercrugog, Johnstown and Penycae welcome their new priest


A young priest with creative skills in ministry has been welcomed into a new post in Rhosllanercrugog, Johnstown and Penycae near Wrexham.

Bettinson_PhilThe Revd Phil Bettinson is based in the Offa Mission Area bringing his gifts and enthusiasm to the churches of  St David’s, Rhosllanerchrugog, St Mary’s, Johnstown, and St Thomas’, Penycae.

Until recently, Phil worked from St Giles Church in the centre of Wrexham, engaging with those people with whom the church has least contact.

Phil said: “I very much look forward to being a member of the Offa Mission Area and working together to build on the tradition of Christian mission and ministry in these places.

“I look forward to working with other institutions, other denominations, and other faiths in continuing to offer increased support for the most vulnerable in society, as well as walking along side all walks of life.’

A service to welcome Phil Bettinson took place at St David’s Church, Rhosllanercrugog on Monday 3rd April.  During the service Phil was licensed by Bishop Gregory Cameron and installed by Archdeacon Bob Griffiths.

Commenting on Phil Bettinson’s new role, Bishop Gregory Cameron said: ‘I am pleased to welcome a new enthusiastic priest to the communities of Rhosllanerchrugog, Johnstown and Penycae. Phil brings a passion for those outside the normal boundaries of the Church, and will complement the skills of the team in Offa Mission Area.’

Phil is married to Megan, and they are expecting their first child in May. They have a border collie dog called Sky.

Phil served his curacy in the Bro Fammau Group, near Mold before moving to Wrexham.  He describes himself as a geek, a writer, a theology enthusiast, and technology obsessed. He is currently studying for a Masters degree in theology.