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The Aber Conference 2020


Born and brought up in Wales, David now lives in Hobart, Tasmania. After 46 years as a fulltime pastor, David retired at the beginning of 2019 and now has an itinerant ministry in Australia and overseas. Originally from Haverfordwest, David trained for ministry at Aberystwyth, where he met his wife Ruth. They have three children and five grandchildren. Before moving to Australia, David was pastor of Grove Chapel in London and prior to that, the founding pastor of Crickhowell Evangelical Church. In Australia, David has been involved in planting and pastoring churches in Hobart and Brisbane.

David is leading the morning Bible Readings from Tuesday to Friday.



Sammy is Pastor of Ammanford Evangelical Church, the church he was saved at during his late teens. A physics postgrad, Sammy began his training for the ministry in 2006 first as an apprentice before completing his theological studies at Union and taking on the position of pastor in 2011. He describes himself as a Welsh listener and spends his spare time playing sport and singing.

Sammy will be preaching at the Sunday morning family service



Trystan was born and raised in Ammanford, West Wales.  But for these last few years he has enjoyed living in East Wales, pastoring Bethel Baptist Tredegar. Trystan is married to Katherine who is expecting their third child.  Elis and Siwan are looking forward to meeting their baby brother/sister.  One wonders if their excitement will somewhat diminish, once there are nappies to be changed!

Trystan is preaching on Sunday evening.


James is married to Jennie; they have three children, Elly, Livia and Nate. He grew up in the Fens, studied Classics at Cambridge University, and then worked for a funeral director and then a pensions company before training for ministry at the Evangelical Theological College of Wales, now Union.  He was assistant pastor at Freeschool Court Evangelical Church in Bridgend before becoming co-pastor of Carey Baptist Church in Reading in 2006.

James is preaching on Monday evening.



Sam studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, before going on to work at St. Ebbe’s Church in Oxford where he oversaw the ministry to university students. He then worked at St. Mary’s Church in Maidenhead for several years. He is an apologist and writer for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a consulting editor for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of a number of books, including Is God Anti-Gay? He is also a founding editor of Living Out, a resource to help the church faithfully navigate issues of human sexuality.

Sam is preaching on Tuesday evening.



Bill trained as an engineer at Cambridge, and worked for some years in the pharmaceutical industry before studying at Toronto Baptist Seminary. He was the pastor of Emmanuel Church, Leamington Spa for 26 years before becoming Principal of London Seminary in 2018. Bill serves on the Trust Board of the FIEC. He is married to Sharon, and they have two grown up children.

BIll is preaching on Wednesday evening.



Originally from Cwmbran, Gary studied in Aber, Cardiff and London before being called to pastor Childs Hill Baptist Church, London in 1983. In 1988 he married Eleri, who is from Aber. They have five grown up sons and three grandsons. Two sons minister in Wales, one in Aber. The author of several books, last year Gary contributed to an academic study on eighteenth century Baptist Benjamin Beddome. He and the family have enjoyed coming to the conference for many years.

Gary is preaching on Thursday evening



Matt grew up in Neath and, after law school, worked in training and development for ten years before studying on the EMW’s Theological Training Course and entering the ministry in 2006. After serving as a pastor in Carmarthen and then on the pastoral team at Ammanford Evangelical Church, he and the family moved to Cardiff in 2016, when Matt joined the team at Highfields church. He’s now the Pastor at The Bridge Church in Cardiff, which is a church plant in the growing suburb of Pontprennau.

Matt is preaching on Friday evening