It is a home coming for the new Team Vicar for the benefice of Llantwit Major as the Revd Rhian Prime returns to her Vale of Glamorgan roots.
For Rhian, who grew up in Dinas Powys, takes up her new post after being licensed in a special service at St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major, by the Bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne. She takes over from the Revd Rachel Simpson who left last year.
Rhian moves to Llandaff Diocese from Monmouth Diocese where she served as an assistant curate NSM in the parish of Trellech and Penallt and for the last two years on the team at St Michael’s Tintern Parva.
It was four years ago that Rhian, who is married to David, also a priest, and has two grown-up children, was ordained into the Church in Wales after spending 25 years serving as a Methodist minister.
“I had always worked ecumenically and over the years I felt a gradual move towards Anglicanism – although I will always cherish Methodism. I like order and liturgy is very important to me,” said Rhian, “as is the importance of the Eucharist”.
She said she was delighted to be returning to the area, after spending much of her adulthood working in England, and was looking forward to getting to know people throughout the benefice.
“I never expected to return to this part of the world but it feels very special now to be back ‘home’ after all these years. It’s very exciting and we have received such a wonderful warm welcome from everyone that we have met.”
As well as having special responsibility for St Tathan’s Church in St Athan and St Giles’ Church in Gileston, Rhian’s remit will be to develop pilgrimage and spirituality throughout the nine-church benefice.
Bishop June said, “It is a great privilege to license Rhian as a new minister in the Llantwit Major team and to welcome her and David to the diocesan family. Rhian is from the Vale of Glamorgan and so she knows her new world well. In particular she will play a significant role in helping us rediscover the roots of pilgrimage – of the Christian journey in the midst of ordinary life and the signposts which help us live well as spiritual people – as she exercises her leadership within these communities. I welcome her back most warmly and pray for God’s blessing on her.”
Rhian’s previous roles have included working as a hospital chaplain and as a Teaching Assistant. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, entertaining and cooking.
Revd Rhian Prime outside St Tathan’s Church