Council of Reference

Revd Canon Stuart Bell

Stuart served as Rector of Aberystwyth for 25 years with special responsibility for St. Michael's. In active retirement, he is now Interim Minister of the parish of Borth whilst enjoying some international ministry opportunities.

Stuart has committed to serve on the Council as he believes that "The Church in Wales has needed a strong and clear united orthodox voice. Anglican Essentials Wales is a new movement restoring confidence in the authority of Scripture and bringing a message of hope to an embattled church."

Revd Bruce Collins

Bruce Collins was ordained in London Diocese in 1983, has planted and overseen church plants, and has developed multi-denominational New Wine networks in 10+ nations since 1997, living and helping in Wales since 2007.

Revd Canon Jeffrey Gainer

Jeffrey Gainer has been the vicar of Meidrim since 1992. He was Chairman of Credo Cymru from 2015-18. He serves a Welsh speaking rural community and support AEW as he believes that it seems to maintain and extend mainstream Christianity in the Church in Wales.

Revd Melanie Prince

Melanie has served for 20 years in Llandaff Diocese and is currently Priest in Charge of the Parish of Porthkerry and Rhoose as well as a Vocations Advisor for the Margam Archdeaconry.

Regarding her role in AEW she says "As a follower of Jesus from my childhood and as a life long Anglican, I cherish the church which has nurtured my faith. I am hopeful that this conference will help us to be confident in the gospel laid down in our Articles and encouraged to continue sharing it without fear.”

Revd Canon Will Strange

Will became Christian in his teens, and after a short time as a teacher, was ordained in 1982. He currently serves as the Archdeacon of Cardigan. It has always been his aim to commend the authentic gospel of the authentic Jesus.

Will says: "The most exciting thing in the Anglican world today is the rediscovery of a missionoriented Anglicanism. All around the world our fellow Anglicans are drawing on the resources of Scripture, the Christian tradition and our own church's heritage to present the Christian faith in a challenging way. In the midst of much confusion in the church and in society, Anglican Essentials Wales has the potential to be the voice for that renewed Anglican vision here in our Province."