The Revd Dyfrig Rees was commissioned as General Secretary of the Welsh Union of Welsh Independents in a service held at Tabernacl chapel, Bridgend on Wednesday evening, 3 October. He succeeds the Revd Dr Geraint Tudur, who has retired after 12 years in the post. (Picture: Revd Rees being congratulated by the Revd Jill-Hailey Harries, the Union’s President.)
Following his appointment, the Revd Rees said that Christians in Wales need to raise to the challenge of dealing with the huge changes that face them. “Religious buildings must be used as a resource for the community, as well as being a place for the faithful to meet,” he said. “That would help to break down boundaries between faith communities and society in general, and help maintain a Christian presence and witness in our communities.”
He also mentioned how isolated the work of a minister can be, and the burden they have to carry these days. “Keeping in touch with our ministers will be a key part of the work. It will also be necessary to ensure that the Union’s resources, workforce, networks and money are channelled in ways that enable the churches to respond to their call to announce and live the Kingdom’s gospel in their communities.”
“We live in a period of great change in the history of Nonconformity,” said the Revd Dyfrig Rees. “But major changes happen every 500 years in the history of Christianity. It is our privilege to be alert to every opportunity and to consider the challenges as exciting ones.”
Some facts about the Revd Dyfrig Rees B.D.
- Worked on a farm after leaving school
- Graduated in theology at the Memorial College, Aberystwyth
- Ordained to the ministry in 1984
- Minister in Llanbrynmair and Carno (1984-88); Bethania, Tumble and Llwynteg (1988-), Bethel, Tumble (B) 1990-96; Capel Seion, Drefach (1996-99); Gellimanwydd, Ammanford and Moreia, Tycroes (2000-14); Tabernacl, Bridgend (2014-18).
- Former CWM trustee
- Former chair of the College of Welsh Independents
- A voluntary chaplain of Dyfed-Powys and South Wales Police forces, and a hospital chaplain