The Revd David Nyirongo has been licensed as one of the three team vicars for the newly formed ministry area of Pontypridd.
David, who was formerly team curate in the West Warrington Team Ministry in the Diocese of Liverpool has moved to Wales with his wife Safiya and their three young children.
He was welcomed to the area and licensed by the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan at a special service at St Catherine’s Church, Pontypridd last week.
The Archbishop said, “We welcome David and his family to the diocese and look forward to the undoubted contribution he will make to the newly created parish and ministry area of Pontypridd.”
The new parish and ministry area of Pontypridd has been created from the existing four parishes in the Pontypridd town area – with David joining the Revd Peter Lewis and the Revd Michael Gable as one of its three team vicars.(pictured below)
The Venerable Christopher Smith, Archdeacon of Morgannwg said, “David and his family arrive in Pontypridd at a really exciting time. This new parish shows the commitment of the clergy and congregations in all the churches to building a strong Church for the future.”
David, who will have special responsibility for St David’s Church and Christ Church said, “I am so excited to be here in Pontypridd. A ministry area is all about team ministry – it’s not a one man show – so I am really looking forward to meeting everyone and getting as many people as possible involved in the life of the church.
“Everyone has different gifts and every role is important – whether it’s leading worship, teaching Sunday school or singing in the choir.”
While working within the team ministry in West Warrington, David helped to set up a monthly family service which proved very popular and grew from links developed from leading school assemblies.Working with schools is something he would like to develop in Pontypridd.
“The family service helped to bring the community together as the children from the school services brought their parents along – we made the worship interesting but fairly simple and also provided a meal at the end.”
David, 36, who was ordained as a priest three years ago was recommended for ordination while working as a driver in Royal Logistics Corps of the British Army.
“Being in the army taught me all about teamwork and how to work with people of different temperaments,” said David.
His first post was as assistant curate in St Paul’s, Penketh, Liverpool, before becoming team curate in the newly created West Warrington Team Ministry.
In his spare times David enjoys watching football and also now rugby. He also enjoys reading, sightseeing, walking and music.