A warm welcome to our Locum Chaplain, Reverend Dr. Peter Bement and to his wife, Anna. They will be leading our worship services until Sunday 8 September inclusive.
Though born in England, Peter was brought up in Cardiff and has lived most of his life in Wales. He spent 25 years lecturing in English literature in universities in Wales and the United States (Shakespeare and Elizabethan & Jacobean drama, 17th Century Literature, Wordsworth etc). In the autumn of 1983, he met with the Lord Jesus Christ and everything began to change. After training at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, he was ordained in 1994 and served his title as curate in the parish of Hubberston, Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire before moving as Vicar to the parish of Llandeilo Fawr. He thinks that the years in Llandeilo were the most rewarding period of his life, seeing God at work in a lively and growing congregation through homegroups, prayer groups and the Alpha course. Since retirement he has been serving in his local parish as Assistant Priest, in seasonal chaplaincies for the Intercontinental Church Society in France and Switzerland, and as Diocese in Europe Chaplain at ACF in Freiburg. He lists his interests as reading, cryptic crosswords and fly-fishing.
Anna is a lay reader in the Church in Wales. She gave up her career as a lecturer in further education to work full-time alongside Peter in Llandeilo, leading the Mothers’ Union, a women’s Bible Study and Youth Group. She continues to be active in ministry in her local parish, preaching and leading worship, and runs the church youth group. She has a particular interest in ministry amongst women and teenagers.
Peter and Anna serve on the board of trustees of the Ffald y Brenin retreat centre in West Wales, which has become known across the world as a centre for the development of local houses of prayer (see www.ffald-y-brenin.org).
Peter and Anna are about to celebrate their 55th Wedding Anniversary. They have two children, a son and a daughter (who is a lay reader in the Chichester Diocese), and two grandchildren.