Presbyterian Church of Wales

The Presbyterian Church of Wales, formerly known as the Calvinistic Methodist Church of Wales was born out of the 18th Century Revival led by such Spirit led men as Daniel Rowlands, Howell Harris and William Williams.

The Presbyterian Church of Wales has some 30,000 members in around 700 churches, most of which are Welsh-speaking. The vast majority of our churches are in Wales, with a handful in the major English cities. Churches belong to one of 14 Presbyteries, which guide and support their work.

Presbyteries are accountable to the three regional Associations, which in turn report to the annual General Assembly. Our active Youth and Children’s Service reaches out with the Gospel through our youth training centre, Coleg y Bala. A large proportion of churches have a Sunday school and several Presbyteries and pastorates employ youth workers. The Church also employs several national officers who, for example, work with older youth and develop resources.

The Scripture and Prayer are central to our faith, and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit we aim to develop the faith of our members, and to bring others to a living faith in Jesus Christ. This happens through our local ministers and churches and also on a national level. The Presbyteries are currently developing and implementing mission strategies which will see them take a more a holistic approach to mission. We emphasise community and chaplaincy work, supporting workers in areas from deprived housing estates to offender rehabilitation and Cardiff airport.