CHRIST Church in Bala will welcome the most recent appointment to the Diocese of St Asaph ministry.

The Rev Dr Carol Roberts will begin her new role as Rector of Bala following a Sunday service at the Bala church on Sunday, October 14.

She will join a series of new appointments by the St Asaph Diocese in an attempt to revitalise its churches.

Mrs Roberts' role covers the Penedeyrn Mission Area, which includes Cerrigydrudion, Bala, Maerdy, Llandderfel, Llandrillo, Cynwyd, Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr and the communities of Llawrybetws, Pentrefoelas, Betws Gwerfil Goch and Ysbyty Ifan.

Mrs Roberts has lived in Gwynedd all her life. Born in Llanymawddwy, she moved with her family to Pentir, near Bangor, when she was three months old. She attended Llandegai VC Primary School, Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, Bethesda, and then Bangor University.

In 2007, Mrs Roberts was made deacon at Bangor Cathedral and was priested in 2008. She served her curacy in the Rectorial Benefice of Bangor before moving in 2011 to be priest in charge of the parishes of Llanberis, Llanrug and Llandinorwig.

Later, in 2015, she became Vicar and Ministry Area Leader of Bro Eryri, which added the communities of Penisa'rwaun and Llanddeinolen to her existing parishes.

Mrs Roberts has been married to husband Dafydd for twenty-six years and in her spare time she enjoys walking the mountains, swimming in the sea with golden retriever Mollie, gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Her appointment will see her enjoy such pursuits in the natural beauty surrounding Llyn Tegid.

She said: ‘Dafydd and I are looking forward to making Bala our home and to getting to know people in this beautiful area.

"I am looking forward to ministering amongst the people of Penedeyrn Mission Area and to working with the ministry team in the Mission Area to the glory of God and for the sake of God's kingdom."

Mrs Roberts will join a leadership team has a responsibility for more than 100 clergy, 228 churches, more than 500 lay leaders and more than 7000 church members.

Following the appointment, Right Reverend Gregory Cameron, the Bishop of St Asaph, said: "It is a pleasure to welcome this experienced priest from Bangor diocese.

"The people of Bala have waited patiently for their new Rector, and we look forward to great things."

The service of welcome will be led by the Bishop at Christ Church, Bala, at the Sunday service at 3.30pm.