Presbyterian Church of Wales

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Presbyterian Church of Wales
Presbyterian Church of Wales logo.JPG
Modern logo of the Presbyterian Church of Wales
ClassificationProtestant
OrientationCalvinist
PolityPresbyterian
ModeratorProfessor John Gwynfor Jones
AssociationsCytûn,
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland,
Conference of European Churches,
World Communion of Reformed Churches,
World Council of Churches
RegionWales
OriginFormally separated from the Church of England in 1811 during the Welsh Methodist revival;
Presbyterian Church of Wales formally established as an independent church in 1823.
Separated fromChurch of England
Congregations620
Members24,000[1]
Ministers45 plus 30 Christian workers

The Presbyterian Church of Wales (Welsh: Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru), also known as Calvinistic Methodist Church (Yr Eglwys Fethodistaidd Galfinaidd), is a denomination of Protestant Christianity in Wales.

History[edit]

Castle Square Presbyterian Church, Caernarfon

The church was born out of the Welsh Methodist revival and the preaching of Howell Harris and Daniel Rowland in the 18th century and seceded from the Church of England in 1811. In 1823, a Confession of Faith was created and adopted, based on the standard Westminster Confession.[2] Theological colleges for ministerial training were opened in Bala, then in Merionethshire, now Gwynedd (1837), Trefeca, then in Brecnockshire, now Powys (1842), and Aberystwyth, in Ceredigion (1906). It produces a quarterly journal Y Traethodydd and a monthly periodical the Treasury. It is distinguished from other forms of Methodism by the Calvinistic nature of its theology. For the history of the church, see Calvinistic Methodists. In 1840, the Foreign Missionary Society was formed in Liverpool to provide missionaries to India. It held its first General Assembly in 1864. In 1928 it officially adopted the name Presbyterian Church in Wales but still retained the name Welsh Calvinistic Methodism with equal standing. In 1933 its constitution was modified as a result of the Presbyterian Church in Wales Act of Parliament in 1933, receiving Royal assent.[3] In 1947 the Association in the East was established for English speaking churches. In 1978 Pamela Turner became the first woman to be ordained as a minister. In 2004 the central office moved to Whitchurch, Cardiff. In 2007 new boundaries and structures was adopted for presbyteries.[4] It claims to be the only truly Welsh denomination in Christianity, and is rare among Presbyterian Churches, by originating in the Methodist Revival rather than deriving from the Calvinist Reformation.[5][6]

Statistics[edit]

Tabernacle, Whitchurch, Cardiff

The Presbyterian Church of Wales has around 24,000 members who worship in around 620 churches. Most of these churches are in Wales, but due to strong historical links between the Welsh and certain English cities, there are churches using both the English and the Welsh languages in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry and Liverpool.[7] Churches belong to one of eighteen Presbyteries, grouped into three Provinces, the Association in the South, the Association in the North (Welsh language), and the Association in the East (English language), along with a General Assembly.[8] About 5% of the Welsh population have official membership.[5]

The Church offices are located at the Tabernacle Church, 81, Merthyr Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 1DD.

The Moderator is Professor John Gwynfor Jones.

Social issues[edit]

The church is active in discussing social issues within Wales. In 2014, the church opened up a discussion on whether to bless or recognise same-gender relationships.[9]

On women's issues, the church has ordained women as ministers since 1978.[10]

List of churches[edit]

Map of pastors

Presbytery of Môn (Welsh)[edit]

Churches Link Minister
  • Capel Abarim, Llanfachraeth
  • Capel Bethania, Llangaffo
  • Capel Bethel Hen, Llanrhuddlad
  • Capel Bethesda, Amlwch
  • Capel Bethesda, Cemaes
  • Capel Bethlehem, Garreglefn
  • Capel Brynrefail
  • Capel Cana, Rhostrehwfa
  • Capel Carmel, Llannerch-y-medd
  • Capel Ebeneser, Niwbwrch
  • Capel Gad Newydd, Bodffordd
  • Capel Glasinfryn, Llanbedrgoch
  • Capel Gorslwyd, Rhos-y-bol
  • Capel Gosen, Llangwyllog
  • Capel Jerwsalem, Mynydd Mechell
  • Capel Lôn y Felin, Llangefni
  • Capel Moreia, Llangefni
  • Capel Nyth Clyd, Talwrn
  • Capel Parc, Llannerch-y-medd
  • Capel Peniel, Llanddona
  • Capel Penygarnedd
  • Capel Rehoboth, Burwen
  • Capel Seion, Llandrygan
  • Capel Siloam, Cemlyn
  • Capel Ty Mawr, Capel Coch
  • Capel Ty Rhys, Llangoed
  • Capel Ty'n y Maen, Llanfachraeth
  • Eglwys Unedig Hyfrydle, Caergybi
  • Eglwys Unedig Noddfa, Bae Trearddur
  • Newry Street Presbyterian Church, Holyhead
None
  • Capel Barachïa, Llandegfan
  • Capel Benllech
  • Capel Horeb, Brynsiencyn
  • Capel Mawr, Porthaethwy
  • Capel Paradwys, Llanallgo
  • Capel Pengarnedd, Rhosgoch
  • Capel y Drindod, Biwmares
(Geraint Roberts)
  • Capel Aberffraw
  • Capel Bethel, Bodorgan
  • Capel Beulah, Bodorgan
  • Capel Bryn Du, Ty Croes
  • Capel Dothan, Ty Croes
  • Capel Engedi, Ceirchiog
  • Capel Hebron, Bryngwran
  • Capel Horeb, Llangristiolus
  • Capel Jerwsalem, Gwalchmai
  • Capel Paran, Rhosneigr
  • Capel Tabor, Y Fali
Gerallt Lloyd Evans
  • Capel Disgwylfa, Gaerwen
(Jim Clarke)
  • Eglwys Unedig Rhos-y-Gad, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll
[1]

Presbytery of Arfon (Welsh) [2][edit]

Churches Link Minister
  • Capel Horeb, Llanfairfechan
  • Capel Noddfa, Caernarfon
  • Capel Peniel, Nantmor
  • Eglwys y Berth, Penmaenmawr
None
  • Capel Bethania, Abergwyngregyn
  • Capel Bethania, Y Felinheli
  • Capel Berea Newydd, Bangor
[3] Elwyn Richards
  • Eglwys Unedig Jerwsalem, Bethesda
(Geraint Hughes)
  • Capel Cefnywaun, Deiniolen
  • Capel Coch, Llanberis
  • Capel Rehoboth, Nant Peris
[4] (John Pritchard)
  • Capel Brynrefail
  • Capel Caeathro
  • Capel y Cysegr, Bethel
  • Capel y Rhos, Llanrug
Marcus Wyn Robinson
  • Capel Baladeulyn, Nantlle
  • Capel Brynaerau, Pontllyfni
  • Capel Bwlan, Llandwrog
  • Capel Carmel
  • Capel Ebeneser, Clynnog
  • Capel Glanrhyd, Llanwnda
  • Capel Horeb, Rhostryfan
  • Capel Seilo, Caernarfon
  • Capel y Groes, Penygroes
  • Eglwys y Bryn, Groeslon
  • Eglwys y Waun, Waunfawr
Gwenda Richards

Presbytery of Gorllewin Gwynedd (Welsh)[edit]

Churches Link Minister
  • Capel Abergeirw
  • Capel Bethel, Tywyn
  • Capel Bethesda, Manod
  • Capel Bethlehem, Bryncrug
  • Capel Bryncir
  • Capel Brynengan
  • Capel Caersalem, Abermaw
  • Capel Deunant, Aberdaron
  • Capel Dinas, Llaniestyn
  • Capel Edern
  • Capel Garnfadryn
  • Capel Horeb, Dyffryn Ardudwy
  • Capel Libanus, Pantglas
  • Capel Llithfaen
  • Capel Moreia, Llanystumdwy
  • Capel Nasareth, Penrhyndeudraeth
  • Capel Peniel Newydd, Llanbedrog
  • Capel Peniel Newydd, Llanegryn
  • Capel Pennal
  • Capel Rhydbach, Botwnnog
  • Capel Salem, Sarn Meyllteyrn
  • Capel Smyrna, Llangian
  • Capel Ty Mawr, Bryncroes
  • Capel Ty'n Ddôl, Abergynolwyn
  • Capel Uwchmynydd, Aberdaron
  • Capel y Babell, Llanalhaearn
  • Capel y Bowydd, Blaenau Ffestiniog
  • Capel y Bwlch, Llanengan
  • Capel y Ddôl, Llanbedr
  • Capel y Graig, Abersoch
  • Capel y Traeth, Criccieth
  • Christ Church, Barmouth
None
  • Capel Salem, Dolgellau
[5]
  • Capel Llwyndyrus
  • Capel Pencaenewydd
  • Capel Uchaf, Chwilog
(Aled Davies)
  • Capel Cwm Prysor
  • Capel Maentwrog Uchaf, Gellilydan
  • Capel Moreia, Trawsfynydd
(Anita Ephraim)
  • Ala Road Presbyterian Church, Pwllheli
  • Capel Berea, Efailnewydd
  • Capel Bethel, Penrhos
  • Capel Isaf, Abererch
  • Capel y Drindod, Pwllheli
Bryn Williams
  • Capel Bethel, Golan
  • Capel Jerwsalem, Garndolbenmaen
  • Capel Peniel, Tremadog
  • Capel y Porth, Porthmadog
Christopher Prew
  • Capel Ebeneser, Y Ffôr
  • Capel Isaf, Nefyn
  • Capel Moreia, Morfa Nefyn
  • Capel Pentreuchaf
  • Capel Tudweiliog
R. Roberts

Presbytery of Conwy a Dyfrdwy (Welsh)[edit]

Churches Link Minister
  • Capel Bethel, Cynwyd
  • Capel Bryn Ebeneser, Llansantffraid
  • Capel Carmel, Conwy
  • Capel Cefn Nannau, Llangwm
  • Capel Cefnbrith, Glasfryn
  • Capel Cynfal, Melin y Wig
  • Capel Cynllwyd
  • Capel Dinmael
  • Capel Glan-yr-afon
  • Capel Hebron, Hen Golwyn
  • Capel Hermon, Llandrillo
  • Capel Jerwsalem, Cerrigydrudion
  • Capel Maes yr Odyn, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr
  • Capel Moriah, Gwyddelwern
  • Capel Peniel, Deganwy
  • Capel Pensarn, Cyffordd Llandudno
  • Capel Rhosygwalia
  • Capel Seion, Carrog
  • Capel Tabernacl, Llechwedd
  • Capel Ty Mawr, Cwmpenanner
  • Capel y Gro, Betws Gwerfyl Goch
  • Eglwys Unedig Seion a Bryneglwys, Corwen
  • Eglwys Unedig Seilo, Llandudno
None
  • Capel y Rhos, Rhos on Sea
[6]
  • Capel Bryn Mawr, Betws y Coed
  • Capel Heol Scotland, Llanrwst
  • Capel Moreia, Dolwyddelan
  • Capel Peniel, Trefriw
  • Capel Seion, Llanrwst
  • Eglwys Bach
  • Eglwys Unedig Penmachno
Gerwyn Roberts
  • Capel Bethel, Melin y Coed
  • Capel Cefn Coch, Llangernyw
  • Capel Padog
  • Capel Pandy Tudur
  • Capel Salem, Efail Uchaf
  • Capel Seion, Capel Garmon
  • Capel Seion, Y Ro-wen
  • Capel Seion, Ysbyty Ifan
  • Capel Tal-y-bont, Conwy
  • Capel Ty'n y Groes
  • Capel y Cwm, Llangernyw
Helen Wyn Jones
  • Capel Cwmtirmynach
  • Capel Llidiardau, Y Bala
  • Capel Parc, Y Bala
  • Capel Saron, Llandderfel
  • Capel Talybont, Rhyduchaf
  • Capel Tegid, Y Bala
Hywel Edwards
  • Capel Glanaber, Llanuwchllyn
(Carwyn Siddall)
  • Capel Cefnddwysarn
(Cath Williams)

Presbytery of Dyffryn Clwyd (Welsh)[edit]

Churches Link Minister
  • Capel Gellifor
  • Capel Mawr a Seion, Dinbych
  • Capel Prion
  • Capel Trefnant
  • Capel y Brwcws
  • Capel y Dyffryn, Llandyrnog
  • Capel y Fron, Dinbych
  • Capel y Glyn, Llanrhaeadr
  • Capel y Pentre, Llanrhaeadr
  • Capel y Waen, Bodfari
[7] Andras Iago
  • Capel Hyfrydle, Betws-yn-Rhos
  • Capel Mynydd Seion, Abergele
  • Capel Tabor, Llanfair Talhaearn
Ifor ap Gwilym
  • Capel Bethel, Caerwys
  • Capel Bethel, Diserth
  • Capel Bethlehem Unedig, Llanelwy
  • Capel Clwyd Street, Rhyl
  • Capel Ebeneser, Rhuddlan
  • Capel Nasareth, Trelawnyd
  • Capel Rehoboth, Prestatyn
  • Capel Salem, Towyn
Brian Huw Jones
  • Capel Cefn Meiriadog
[8] (Rhodri Glyn)
  • Capel Cefnberain
  • Capel Coffa Henry Rees, Llansannan
  • Capel Groes
  • Capel Henllan
  • Capel Llannefydd
  • Capel Nantglyn
  • Capel Peniel
  • Capel Saron
  • Capel Soar, Llanfair Talhaearn
Rhodri Glyn
  • Capel Bethania, Rhuthun
  • Capel Bethel, Pentrecelyn
  • Capel Bontuchel
  • Capel Clawdd Newydd
  • Capel Derwen
  • Capel Rhewl
  • Capel Salem, Cyffylliog
  • Capel Salem, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd
  • Capel Tabernacl, Rhuthun
  • Eglwys Unedig y Rhiw, Pwllglas
Morris Morris

Presbytery of Gogledd Ddwyrain (Welsh)[edit]

Presbytery of Trefaldwyn (Welsh)[edit]

Presbytery of Ceredigion a Gogledd Penfro (Welsh)[edit]

Presbytery of Myrddin (Welsh)[edit]

Presbytery of Morgannwg Llundain (Welsh)[edit]

Northern Presbytery (English)[edit]

Churches Link Minister
  • Castle Square Presbyterian Church, Caernarfon
  • Golftyn Presbyterian Church, Connah's Quay
  • Quaystone United Church, Connah's Quay
None
  • Menai Bridge English Presbyterian Church
[9]
  • Tyddyn Street United Church, Mold
[10] Kathryn Price (URC)
  • City Road Presbyterian Church, Chester
[11] Maureen Roberts (URC)
  • Ewloe Green Presbyterian Church
Brian Acty (URC)
  • Northop Hall Presbyterian Church, Mold
Colin Foreman (URC)
  • Mancot Presbyterian Church, Hawarden
Johnathan Hodgins
  • Two Mills Presbyterian Church, Wirral
  • Clubmoor Presbyterian Church, Liverpool
Mike Ward
  • Moreton Presbyterian Church
[12]
  • Trinity Church, Penyffordd
Robin Fox (Meth)
  • Bangor-on-Dee Presbyterian Church
  • Bethel Presbyterian Church, Garden Village
  • Caergwrle Presbyterian Church
  • Rossett Presbyterian Church
  • Tabernacl Presbyterian Church, Rhostyllen
David Jones
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church, Wrexham
[13]
  • Ruthin Presbyterian Church
Gareth Roberts
  • St Thomas' Presbyterian Church, Denbigh
[14]
  • Moriah Presbyterian Church, Penbryn
(Huw Powell-Davies)
  • Gloddaeth United Church, Llandudno
[15] Neil Kirkham
  • Penrhyn Bay Presbyterian Church
[16]
  • Nant Hall Road Presbyterian Church, Prestatyn
[17] (Mike Smith)
  • Rhyl United Church
(Paul Robinson)
  • Seion Presbyterian Church, Colwyn Heights
(Glenys Gough-Hughes)

Mid Wales & Border Presbytery (English)[edit]

Presbytery of South West Wales (English)[edit]

Presbytery of South East Wales (English)[edit]

Bodies to which PCW is affiliated[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eglwys Bresbyteraidd Cymru – Hafan". Ebcpcw.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  2. ^ www.ebcpcw.org.uk/english/about/beliefs
  3. ^ www.reformiert-online.net/adressen/detail.php?id=1467&lg=eng
  4. ^ www.ebcpcw.org.uk/english/about/our-history
  5. ^ a b www.oikoumene.org/en/member-churches/presbyterian-church-of-wales
  6. ^ www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=38767
  7. ^ Welsh Presbyterian Church, Liverpool
  8. ^ www.cwmeurope.org/en/about-cwm-europe/presbyterian-church-of-wales Archived 15 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ www.digitalvirtue.com, Digital Virtue - w:. "The Presbyterian Church of Wales - Live: The General Assembly". www.ebcpcw.cymru. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  10. ^ www.digitalvirtue.com, Digital Virtue - w:. "The Presbyterian Church of Wales - Our History". www.ebcpcw.cymru. Retrieved 2016-05-29.
  11. ^ www.ebcpcw.org.uk/english/what-we-do/mission

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