Ministry at Aenon, Past & Present

Church Pastor: Rev Phil Denyer

Inducted March 2022

Phil grew up in the small mining and brick-working village of Tondu, in the Llynfi Valley, South Wales. At an early age he attended Sunday School at the local Methodist Church. It wasn’t until his teenage years that he returned to Church life, becoming a Christian at the age of 15 while attending a baptismal service at Nazareth Baptist Chapel, Bryncethin.

Phil married Elaine at Hope Baptist Church, Bridgend, in March 1988, and they were baptised by full immersion one week later, also at Hope.

Phil had no plans, or thoughts, to become a preacher, however, Elaine saw signs of the call of God, and so Phil began preaching in local churches / chapels in and around the Bridgend district and valleys, as well as leading Bible Study meetings.

In 1995, Phil was ordained by the Baptist Union of Wales. He pastored three churches before becoming Pastor at the Gilgal Christian Fellowship, Briton Ferry, where he served for just over 19 years.

Phil has also served with Maritime Charity, Sailors’ Society, as Port Chaplain to Merchant Seafarers visiting South Wales ports, including Cardiff, Barry, Newport, Port Talbot and Swansea. Phil is still an Honorary Chaplain with Sailors’ Society.

Phil is also Chaplain to Port Talbot Lifeboat Station.

Elaine & Phil live in Coychurch, Bridgend, and have 9 Grandchildren, and two beautiful Great-granddaughters, Ella-Marie and Mia-Rose.

The Ministers who have worked out their calling at Aenon are…

Rev W Johns: 1880 – 1888

Rev. David Samuel: 1888 – 1926

Rev D G Hughes: 1931 – 1935

Rev J H Lamb: 1937 – 1939

Sister Mary Williams: 1955 – 1964

Sister Muriel McLennon: 1966 – 1981

Rev Andrew Bowden: 1981 – 1985

Rev Gareth Mathias: 1989 – 2010

Pastor Keith Evans: 2011 – 2022

We are thankful to God for all who have ministered and worshipped at Aenon throughout our history.

A Newsletter has come to light from February 1972, during the time of Sister Muriel McLennon’s Ministry at Aenon