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Dean named as St David's bishop

The Very Reverend J Wyn Evans
He is an honorary fellow of the University of Wales, Lampeter

Members of the Church in Wales have elected the current Dean of St David's as the new bishop, three months after the last incumbent resigned.

The Very Reverend J Wyn Evans, aged 61, has been Dean of St David's Cathedral since 1994.

An archaeologist by training, he has a keen interest in medieval history.

He replaces the Rt Reverend Carl Cooper who stood down in May following weeks of intense media speculation over the breakdown of his marriage.

After his election Mr Evans praised the work of his predecessor and said he was "starting from a high base.

He said: "We are fortunate that Bishop Carl gave the diocese a sense of purpose and direction which I look forward to continuing."

However he added work was needed to "rebuild trust and rebuild relationships".

Process

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, made the announcement and said he was "delighted with the result of this election".

"It is obvious that Wyn has enormous support both within and without the diocese.

"He is a safe pair of hands and also a man who can move the diocese forward and continue its good work."

The election process took place inside a locked St David's Cathedral where 46 people nominated and voted for candidates.

The voters comprised four bishops, six clergy and six lay people from the diocese of St David's, and three clergy and three lay people from each of the other five dioceses.

The diocese of St David's covers Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.

Mr Evans has replaced Bishop Cooper who had served the diocese since 2002.

His chaplain, the Rev Mandy Williams-Potter, resigned at the same time. Both denied they were having a relationship.

He took leave of absence in March, a month after it was announced he and his wife of 25 years, Joy, were separating.

However he resigned in May, apologising for "any of his actions which may have caused offence" and saying the situation made it impossible for him to continue in the post.


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