* Father Lee Taylor, left, with the Bishop of St Asaph at
yesterday's licensing service.
* The new vicar greets the congregation at the service.
The communities of Llangollen, Llantysilio and Trevor welcomed the Rev Lee Taylor as their new vicar yesterday (Sunday).
The Bishop of St Asaph and the new Archdeacon of Montgomery, the Ven Dr Barry Wilson, led the special service of licensing and welcome at St Collen’s Church.
Lee Taylor comes to Llangollen from Croydon Minster where he had been serving as Associate Vicar, establishing partnerships with various organisations, businesses and charities around Croydon.
"Working with the community is at the heart of my priestly ministry’, said Lee Taylor, "as I believe that the work of God thrives and flourishes in community. I am greatly looking forward to my move to Llangollen – the festival capital of Wales – and to serving all sections of this wonderful and vibrant community."
Lee was born and brought up in Bolton, Lancashire. He studied theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter, where he was also organ scholar and choirmaster.
Following university, Lee worked at a busy call centre for the gas and electricity supplier Norweb Energy before working as Deputy-Head Verger at Southwark Cathedral for eight years.
In 2010 Lee left London to train for ordination at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, before serving his curacy in Leigh-on-Sea.
The Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt. Revd Gregory Cameron, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Lee to ministry in Llangollen and the Valle Crucis Mission Area. Lee is a creative and talented priest, who will bring vitality and enthusiasm to his role."
In his leisure time Lee enjoys playing and composing music, ballroom dancing, the arts, hiking, and keeping fit.
He is a member of the British Music Hall Society, is publicity officer for London’s Players’ Theatre, and performs Music Hall turns with The Mary Ward Players.