John Davies (Archbishop of Wales)

John David Edward Davies (born 6 February 1953) is a Welsh Anglican bishop and former solicitor. Since 2008, he has been the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon in the Church in Wales. On 6 September 2017, he was also elected Archbishop of Wales; he will continue his role as diocesan bishop.

John Davies
Archbishop of Wales
ChurchChurch in Wales
DioceseDiocese of Swansea and Brecon
In office2017 to present
PredecessorBarry Morgan
Other postsBishop of Swansea and Brecon (2008–present)
Dean of Brecon (2000–2008)
Ordination1984 (deacon)
1985 (priest)
Consecration2 May 2008
by Barry Morgan
Personal details
Birth nameJohn David Edward Davies
Born (1953-02-06) 6 February 1953 (age 66)
Newport, Wales
Jo Davies (m. 1986)
EducationBassaleg Grammar School
Alma materUniversity of Southampton
St. Michael's College, Llandaff
University of Wales
Cardiff University

Early life and educationEdit

Davies was born on 6 February 1953 in Newport, Wales.[1][2] He was educated at Bassaleg School, then a state grammar school.[2] He studied law at the University of Southampton, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1974.[3] From 1975 to 1977, he undertook his training contract and he was admitted as a solicitor in 1977.[4] He then practised law in a private practice until leaving the profession to enter the church.[4]

In 1982, Davies entered St. Michael's College, Llandaff, an Anglican theological college, to train for ordained ministry and to study theology.[5] In 1984, he completed a Diploma in Theology (DipTh) with the University of Wales.[4] He later undertook postgraduate studies in canon law at Cardiff University, and completed a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in 1995.[4]

Ordained ministryEdit

Davies was ordained in the Church in Wales as a deacon in 1984 and as a priest in 1985.[3] From 1984 to 1986. he served his curacy at St Mary's Church, Chepstow in the Diocese of Monmouth.[3] From 1986 to 1989, he was curate-in-charge of Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry.[4] He was then Rector of Bedwas and Rudry between 1989 and 1995.[3] From 1995 to 2000, he was Vicar of the Church of St John Evangelist in Newport.[4]

In 2000, Davies moved to the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon where he had been appointed Dean of Brecon Cathedral.[4] In 2005, he was additionally appointed priest-in-charge of Cynog Honddu.[3]

Episcopal ministryEdit

In January 2008, Davies was elected as the next Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, in succession to Anthony Pierce.[2] On 2 May 2008, he was consecrated as a bishop by Barry Morgan, the Archbishop of Wales, during a service at Llandaff Cathedral.[6] On 24 May 2008, he was installed in Brecon Cathedral as the ninth Bishop of Swansea and Brecon.[6]

As the senior bishop in Wales, Davies served as the acting Archbishop of Wales in the vacancy following Barry Morgan's retirement on 31 January 2017.[7] As such, he was the principal consecrator of June Osborne in July 2017.[8]

On 6 September 2017, Davies was elected the 13th Archbishop of Wales.[9] He was enthroned as archbishop at Brecon Cathedral on 2 December 2017.[10][11]

In 2018, he became embroiled in the Bishop of Monmouth saga, leading to Bishop Pain to leave on the grounds of ill health.[12][13][14]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1986, Davies married Joanna Lucy "Jo" Aulton; she works as a nurse in the NHS.[2][4] Together they have two children: Kate and Christopher.[2]


  1. ^ Debrett’s
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bishop John's profile". Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. Church in Wales. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e "John David Edward Davies". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "SWANSEA AND BRECON, Bishop of,". Who's Who 2017. Oxford University Press. November 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  5. ^ Crockfords, (London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  6. ^ a b "New bishop consecrated at service". BBC News. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  7. ^ Constitution of the Church in Wales, Chapter V Part II, Section 9 (Accessed 5 January 2017)
  8. ^ "Consecration of the Bishop of Llandaff". Church in Wales. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Bishop John Davies chosen as new Archbishop of Wales". BBC News. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  10. ^ "New Archbishop of Wales elected". Church in Wales. 6 September 2017. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Archbishop wants to 'refresh' church". BBC News. 2 December 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
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Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
Anthony Pierce
Bishop of Swansea and Brecon
Preceded by
Barry Morgan
Archbishop of Wales