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The Aber Conference 2023

Ian Parry

Ian has been the Minister of Grangetown Baptist Church in Cardiff for the last five years. Prior to that he worked for the European Mission Fellowship. He was the Minister of The Bay Church in Cardiff from 2003 until 2016 and, before that, from 1995-2003, he was the Minister of Mount Elim Evangelical Church in Pontardawe. He is married to Liz and they have four grown up children.

Ian is our main speaker and he will be leading the morning services from Tuesday to Friday

Ian Parry was our main speaker in 2019. To listen to his sermons again from that conference click here

Steve Darby

Steve became a pastor in 2003.  He serves the Lord at Hope Church, Bethel and Calvary, in the villages of Cefn Hengoed and Penybryn, formerly two congregations until God graciously united them as one in 2014.  Steve is married to Liz and has four children, one of whom is married.

Steve will be preaching at the Family Service on Sunday morning

Jonny Raine

Jonny has been the Minister of Pontrhydyrun Baptist Church for over 10 years, having studied at WEST (now Union). He is married to Caz and they have five daughters. He is the editor of the Evangelical Magazine and enjoys surfing, art and punk rock in his spare time.

Jonny will be preaching on Sunday evening


Phil Swann

Phil Swann is the Pastor at Llanelli Free Evangelical Church and has pastored in churches in Bridgend and Pontefract. He is the EMW Trustee with responsibility for Church Leaders and lectures in Pastoralia on the EMW Theological Training Course. He runs the Soul Care Network for the Wales Leadership Forum.

Phil will be preaching on Monday evening

Christopher Ash

Christopher Ash lives with his wife Carolyn in Cambridge, where both of them work at Tyndale House. Christopher is a pastor and writer. He is enjoying a long love affair with Christ in the Psalms, has written some smaller books about the Psalms, and is writing a longer commentary. Christopher and Carolyn’s favourite place in Wales is Gower.

Christopher will be preaching on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Paul Rees

Paul Rees is the Lead Pastor of Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh where he has served over thirteen years. After ten years of working as a dentist he became a pastor first as an assistant in Highfields Church, Cardiff and then as the lead pastor of Christ The Redeemer Church in Spokane Washington State, USA. Paul is married to Shiona and together they have four now adult children. Paul has a passion for seeing lives transformed through Jesus to the glory of God.

Paul will be preaching on Thursday evening

Prayer Meetings

Steve McLean

Steve is originally from the USA, but he has lived in Wales since 2008. He currently serves as pastor of Gosen Church, Rhuddlan, near the North Wales coast.
Steve will be leading prayer meetings at 9am from Tuesday to Friday


Ian Middlemist

Ian has lived for over 15 years in beautiful Pembrokeshire. Joys and challenges are experienced in Haverfordwest. Ian is married to Hanna and has four boys. Hill Park Baptist Church is where he Pastors and preaches the gospel. Ian and the family have grown to love walking and sea-swimming at all times of the year.
Ian will be taking the 8am to 9am prayer meetings from Tuesday to Friday.

Hywel George

Hywel is a pastor to the church at Mount Pleasant, Maesycwmmer, in the South Wales Valleys. He is eagerly looking forward to manning the engine room and powerhouse of the conference with you this year – the prayer meetings. Be sure to make it if you can!
“Hywel will be leading a 9am to 10am prayer meetings Tuesday to Friday”