St James’ is part of the worldwide Anglican Church which is the fourth largest Christian denomination in the world. The Anglican Church historically has spoken of three ways to hear God – scripture, tradition and reason. Scripture – the Bible – always takes first place with the other two helping us to understand it. That is why at St. James’ you will always find the Bible at the heart of our worship and teaching.

Our vicar

Revd Mark Williams

Mark was born in Aberdare and brought up in Clydach near Swansea. He served his apprenticeship as a bricklayer and, after two years doing his Ordinary National Diploma in Construction and Building work in college, went on to work as a Welfare Assistant in Social Services in Swansea. But whatever plans he had for his future, they were gloriously interrupted by God who, through the encouragement of some Christian friends, helped him discover the Good News about Jesus Christ. The rest, they say, is history. Since graduating from St Michael’s College in Cardiff, he has served in five parishes in such varied places as Aberystwyth, Hirwaun and Swansea.

Mark is married to Hazel and they have four children – Sarah, Ben, Hannah and Ruth – and two dogs, Molly and Peggy. As well as reading about and studying the Christian Faith he enjoys playing, writing and listening to classical music, reading and following Swansea City Football Club. Mark has been vicar of St James’ since March 2012.

As someone whose own life was transformed through meeting the Risen Christ, Mark sees it as his calling to enable others know Christ too.

If you want to know about the Christian faith and its message please email Mark on the address below and he will be only too pleased to speak with you.

Email: stjamesuplands1@gmail.com