Ian Davies – Director of Ministry
Before moving into university education Ian spent 7 years (1985-92) as senior regional manager of a national children’s voluntary organization and published a book and articles on the theology and practice of community development and community organizing. He spent almost 4 years in the United States (1981-84) as a clinical social worker on a US/UK cultural exchange programme and as director of social service in a vocational centre for people with learning disabilities.
His early social work experience was in local authorities in Cardiff, Lancashire and Leeds. When he left professional management to take up a post as senior lecturer in behavioural science at University of Wales, Newport in 1991 he developed and tutored masters degree management education programmes for the public/human services. His teaching and research in this area led to his being invited to teach on the University of Wales College of Medicine’s M.Sc in Nursing in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles in March 1995; help write and subsequently teach on Trinity College, Dublin’s new M.Sc. in Health Services Management (1996/97); contribute to the establishment of health care management on undergraduate medical training in Slovakia (the European Tempus Project); and advise NGOs and local voluntary agencies re. the challenges of organizational change.
He completed his doctoral thesis on the emerging educational issues created by managerialist policies in human service within the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol in 2001. Ian served on the University of Wales Validation Panel in China and the Far East and latterly chaired the process of validating University of Wales undergraduate business programmes throughout Malaysia.
After eleven years in higher education he was accepted by the Provincial Selection Panel of the Church in Wales for ordination training and took his theology degree at Oxford University (Wycliffe Hall 2002-4). Ordained as Deacon in 2004 and Priest in 2005 he served his title as Assistant Curate of St.Peter’s Cockett, Swansea and then curate, priest in charge and now vicar of St. Barnabas, Waunarlwydd.
Ian is married to Sue, has a son Joel and married stepson Matthew. When 24/7 parish/diocesan duties permit (!) he loves to haul his body around squash and tennis courts, collapse with his Lowden guitars or chill in front of a decent movie.
As Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Bishop’s Officer for Formation Ian counts it a real privilege to help people deepen their relationship with God, their sense of discipleship and their understanding of the ‘servanthood’ that is central to Christian ministry. He is part of team of ministry officers within the diocese who share responsibility for discernment, education, training and development of those called to licensed ministry, seeking to equip them and encourage them towards being creative in mission. He accompanies those studying for ordination through the St Padarn’s Institute Theology for Life programme and oversees Initial Continuing Ministerial Education (IME 4-7) designed to help curates during their first three years of public ministry.
Revd Canon Dr Ian Davies, The New Vicarage, 59a Victoria Road , Waunarlwydd, Swansea SA5 4SY
Tel. 01792 874286 Iandavies12@hotmail.com