The Revd Sam Erlandson was welcomed into the new role in a special, socially-distanced service at St Paul’s Church, Craig-y-Don, Llandudno, yesterday.  His son, Ieuan (left) endorsed his appointment!

Sam relocated from Wrexham Mission Area with his wife, Karen and four children earlier in the summer.

After the service, Sam said: “To be licensed as Mission Area Leader of Aberconwy is very humbling. I pray God will sanctify me in all readiness for this new role, and I look forward to working with the people of Aberconwy to passionately and tirelessly witness to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“With the Coronavirus restrictions continuing to impact on our public worship, it was a very different service, but still focused on the importance of our need for the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit if we are to be the church in the 21st century.

“Induction services focus on the calling of the whole church to ceaselessly proclaim the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and how the gathered community work with the priest to do that.”

Aberconwy Mission Area links churches along the Conwy Valley and Llandudno Junction.  It is part of the Diocese of St Asaph which overlooks 214 churches and 51 church schools.  The Diocese of St Asaph is part of the Church in Wales, an independent Province of the worldwide Anglican Communion.