Diocesan press releases

New Priest for Overton and Erbistock

An experienced counsellor is to be welcomed as the new priest of Overton and Erbistock near Wrexham at a special service next month.

The Revd Peter Mackriell will start his new ministry with a service on Sunday 2 December, led by the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron, at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Overton.

Peter Mackriell has combined parish ministry with several other posts in the church and in the charity sector over the last eighteen years.  His interests include mental health and disability and he has worked as a counsellor with Deaf people, as well as being Chaplain with Deaf people in north Wales for ten years.

From 2005 to 2011 he split his time between chaplaincy and work as the diocesan communications officer in St Asaph diocese, before returning to the diocese of Chester, where he was first ordained in 1994.  He has been Vicar of Kelsall, near Chester, since 2011, a freelance counsellor and, for the last three years, Director of Studies for Pastoral Workers in the diocese.

Peter Mackriell said: “I am looking forward to getting to know the communities of Overton and Erbistock and the worshiping congregations in both places, with their fascinating history and beautiful locations.

“I have an active interest in education and am particularly pleased to be working with the church school in Overton.  It’s good to be returning to the diocese of St Asaph, whilst also being able to pursue my other interests.”

Bishop Gregory Cameron said: “Peter is highly skilled as a priest and counsellor. We welcome his ministry to Overton and to the Maelor Mission Area, where he will become a valued member of the ministry team.”

Peter (54) is married to Jo and they have two sons living in north Wales and a daughter in York.  Jo works freelance as a funeral celebrant and facilitating art journaling workshops.  They both enjoy theatre and classical music; they will bring their cat, Ollie, with them when they move to Overton.

The service to welcome Peter and his family to Overton takes place on Sunday 2 December, at 3pm at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Overton.  Everyone is welcome.