Revd Peter Crocker – Area leader of the emerging Ministry Area of Bedwas with Machen with Michaelston-y-Fedw with Rudry.
Peter was born and brought up in Bristol, and educated at Bristol Cathedral School where he was confirmed. His first career was in medicine, eventually spending some twenty years in General Practice. The call to be ordained came during this time and initially he served as a self supporting curate in the parish of Bassaleg. In 2000 Peter took up the full-time post of Team Vicar in the Rectorial Benefice of Bassaleg, retiring from medical practice.
In September 2006 he was licensed as priest in charge of the then parishes of Bedwas with Rudry. October 2007 saw the creation of the benefice of Bedwas with Machen with Rudry and Peter’s induction as Incumbent. In September 2014 the parish of Michaelston-y-Fedw was added to the benefice as part of the transition to forming a Ministry Area.
Technically Peter is Rector of the parishes of Machen, of Bedwas and of Michaelston and Vicar of the parish of Rudry.
Revd Dean Roberts – Curate.
Dean is a Welshman, born and bred. He previously served as Pastoral Assistant and Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s Newport (2010-2014), before moving to the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry . Originally from North Wales, he moved to Cardiff in 2009 and graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies. He trained for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, where he graduated with an MA in Theology, Ministry and Mission. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. Dean is married to Megan and they have a son called Harri James. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
Revd Richard Mulcahy – Curate.
Richard Mulcahy was born and brought up in Newport, many years ago. Although a Careers computer once told him that”minister of religion” would be a good job, he didn’t explore this for a number of years, finally being ordained in 2005.
Richard spent 10 years as non-stipendary Curate in Bassaleg before joining the team in Bedwas, Machen, Michaelstone-y-Fedw and Rudry in early 2016. In his “day job” he has been working at the Welsh Government since before it existed. His other job is as a husband (of Sarah) and father of two daughters.
Gay Hoiiywell – Lay Minister.
Gay was born and bred in England, married a Welshman and had two children, and then they came to live in Wales. Gay was originally a member of the Church of England, then joined Saron Congregational Chapel and became Secretary until its close in 2012. She returned to the Church in Wales, studied (hard!) and became a Licensed Lay Minister in July 2016.
Rev. Dr. Arthur Parkes – Associate Priest.
Arthur was born and brought up in Cardiff. He was a chorister and server at St. John’s Parish Church, Cardiff until he joined the Welsh National School of Medicine where he trained as a Medical Scientist. After a break from singing he was recruited as a Gentleman Chorister singing tenor in the choir of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Cardiff. He later sang with the Llandaff Cathedral Consort until starting training at St. Michael’s College. Arthur is also a ‘cellist and has given recitals all over South Wales and as far afield as Winchester Cathedral. Following his retirement from Cardiff University, Arthur assisted in the Chaplaincy Dept at UHW and at Easter 2011 was appointed Pastoral Assistant in the Cyncoed Ministry Area.
He was ordained in June 2012 and was appointed Assisant Curate at Cyncoed. In October 2016 he was appointed Associate Priest in this Minister Area. Fr. Arthur is a member of the Llandaff and Monmouth Chapter of the Society of Catholic Priests: an Anglican society of women and men serving as priests.