The Venerable Alun Evans PDF Print E-mail
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Brought up in Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Alun attended Ystalyfera Grammar School and between school and university took a year out working as a Community Service Volunteer in a hostel for homeless men run by the Church Army in London ’s East End. It was there he encountered Anglicanism, expressed in worship and social action, which led to a move from Welsh Congregationalism to confirmation in the Anglican Church. At university he read Geography, followed by Theology, and then trained for ordained ministry, including time at the World Council of Churches study institute at Bossey, near Geneva, Switzerland. During university and college holidays he worked with the Missions to Seamen (as it then was) in Rotterdam and Swansea .

Alun was ordained Deacon in 1972 and Priest the following year, both at Llandaff Cathedral. In his first curacy at Bargoed in the Rhymney Valley, he met Evelyn, and they were married in 1974. Parish ministry followed in Llandaff Diocese, with a later move to provincial ministry with the Board of Mission where he led in social responsibility before returning to parish work in Cardiff as Vicar of Christ Church, Roath Park – a new parish carved out of the old Parish of Llanishen. From there he moved to St Mary’s in Swansea City Centre, before being asked to take on the post of Archdeacon of Carmarthen in 2004, along with being vicar of the Cynwyl Elfed group of parishes. In 2009 he moved to be priest in charge of Llanarthne and Llanddarog, remaining as Archdeacon of Carmarthen. Evelyn has retired from teaching, having spent most of her career teaching music and drama at a school for children with special education needs in Bridgend. They have two married daughters and one granddaughter, living in Cardiff. Beyond his faith, family and work, Alun’s interests are the dogs (Sali and Snoop), earth sciences, politics and international affairs, reading, art and travel. He is Welsh speaking.

On 30th June 2012, Alun resigned as Archdeacon of Carmarthen after almost eight years in post, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of his ordination as Deacon. Her continues as priest in charge of Llanarthne and  Llanddarog, and chairs the St Davids Diocesan Council for Social Responsibility and the Plant Dewi project working with children, young people and their families in their communities. 

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