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