Arms of the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon
Arms of the Diocese of Swansea & Brecon

The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon is the Ordinary of the Church in Wales Diocese of Swansea and Brecon.

The diocese covers the City and County of Swansea and the ancient counties of Brecknockshire and Radnorshire. The diocesan cathedral is the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Evangelist in the town of Brecon, which has been a parish church since the Reformation, becoming elevated to cathedral status in 1923. The diocese is administered from Brecon, with an additional office in Swansea.[1]

The Bishop's residence is Ely Tower, Brecon. The office was created in 1923 at the founding of the diocese,[2] an area stretching south to the coast of Gower and north into much of mid-Wales. Immediately prior to the diocese's erection, the first bishop, Edward Bevan, had served as Bishop of Swansea, a suffragan in the Diocese of St Davids.[3]

It was announced on 4 November 2021 that John Lomas, Archdeacon of Wrexham had been appointed as the 10th Bishop of Swansea and Brecon.[4] His election was confirmed at a Sacred Synod in Wrexham on 22 November 2021.[citation needed]

List of the Bishops of the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon

Bishops of Swansea and Brecon
From Until Incumbent Notes
1923 1934 Edward Bevan Previously suffragan/assistant Bishop of Swansea (Diocese of St Davids)
1934 1939 John Morgan
1939 1953 Edward Williamson
1953 1958 Glyn Simon
1958 1976 Jack Thomas[5]
1976 1988 Benjamin Vaughan
1988 1999 Dewi Bridges
1999 2008 Anthony Pierce
2008 2021 John Davies[6] Archbishop of Wales from September 2017 until his retirement
2021 present John Lomas[4] since 22 November 2021


  1. ^ "The Diocese of Swansea and Brecon". Church in Wales. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ E. B. Pryde; D. E. Greenway; S. Porter; I. Roy (23 February 1996). Handbook of British Chronology. Cambridge University Press. p. 290. ISBN 978-0-521-56350-5.
  3. ^ Welsh icons (Archived 24 February 2012; accessed 7 October 2017)
  4. ^ a b "Former Navy aircraft engineer appointed Bishop". Church in Wales. 4 November 2021. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  5. ^ The Living Church. Morehouse-Gorham Company. 1958. p. 15.
  6. ^ "Archbishop of Wales John Davies to retire as Primate and Bishop of Swansea and Brecon". Anglican Communion News Service. 18 January 2021. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Historical successions: Swansea and Brecon". Crockford's Clerical Directory. Retrieved 22 July 2012.