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New Team Vicar for Llantwit Major

Revd Craig Vaughan web

A new Team Vicar is to be welcomed to the Rectorial Benefice of Llantwit Major.

The Revd Craig Vaughan takes over from the Revd Anthony Beer who left last year after three years in the post. He moves there from Newton Nottage, Porthcawl where he has been assistant curate for nearly five years since being ordained.

Although based in Wick at St James’ Church he will be licensed for the nine churches in the benefice at St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major on Monday, March 27, at 7.30pm by the Assistant Bishop of Llandaff, David Wilbourne. All are welcome to attend the service.

During his time in Newton Nottage, Craig organised a rugby festival in the run up to the World Cup involving dozens of local schoolchildren and star appearances from former Welsh rugby stars including Gareth Edwards.

Before training for ministry, Craig, 46, who is married with three children, worked as a car sprayer in garages in Pyle and Llandow. He gave it up to study full-time for three years at St Michael’s College, Cardiff, which included doing a degree in Theology. He grew up on a farm in Colwinston where his parents still live.

“I feel that I have come full circle with my vocation journey beginning in a small rural church in Colwinston and after nearly five years in the town parish of Porthcawl, I have returned to a rural community for the next step in my ministry journey,” said Craig.

“Obviously I already know the area well and everyone here from the wardens to the laity have given me such a warm welcome that I’m really looking forward to working with them and sharing God’s love with them.

“There are some mixed emotions as I’m sorry to be saying goodbye to Porthcawl as it is a very busy, thriving parish with daily masses that taught me the importance of sacramental life and how it is central to church life in mission and ministry.

“But I enjoy getting to know people so I am excited to be starting a new role and look forward to all the challenges that it will bring. In Wick alone the population will be increasing due to the new housing estate and fundraising is already underway for a new roof at St James.

Bishop David said, “Craig Vaughan is very rooted in the Vale of Glamorgan, but beside a deep local knowledge he brings a strong vocation to priesthood and an impressive track record of service, being as Christ to those he ministers and seeing Christ in them.

“A family man, who is warm and personable, he has a rare talent in bringing the faith alive for children and young people, and local primary and secondary schools have been energised by his vision and verve, not least when he so vividly unfolded the story of Holy Week in the midst of a comprehensive school.”

In his spare time Craig enjoys spending time with his family, helping out on his parents farm and mechanical work.

Picture of the Revd Craig Vaughan