After a six-year vacancy, the appointment of a new full-time parish priest in Snowdonia, Wales comes as a breath of fresh air for the local Christian community.
Canon Naomi Starkey will be Ministry Area Leader for Bro Eryri – which covers Llanberis, Nant Peris, Llanrug, Deiniolen, Llanddeiniolen and Pensia'rwaun.
David Parry, Archdeacon of Bangor welcomed her appointment as a revitalising moment: “Everyone has worked hard to sustain local ministry and we are ready to move forward with great excitement for the future. Naomi will bring fresh energy, new ideas, and strong leadership to a Ministry Area ready to share the good news of Christ with even more people. This is really good news indeed.”
Starkey, who has ministered in a group of churches in north Anglesey since 2019 says she is “humbled to have been appointed.”
Speaking of her service to Bro Padrig in north-west Anglesey, Archdeacon John Harvey said: “Ynys Môn Archdeaconry will be sorry that Naomi is going from our fellowship – she’s had a creative and pioneering ministry with the churches and communities of Bro Padrig, and has contributed imaginatively to our Synod life. Her experience and insight will be such a positive part of this new chapter in Bro Eryri’s story, and I wish her God’s blessing in all that’s to come.”
Prior to her ordination in 2014 Starkey worked as an editor with Bible Reading Fellowship (BRF) for nearly two decades.
In 2023, the Archbishop of Wales appointed Starkey as one of three Foundation Canons of Saint Deiniol's Cathedral, Bangor.