Reverend Sam Aldred

Viocar, The Parish of Central Swansea


 Sam was born in 1987 and raised in the West Midlands. He came to faith in his teenage years and was baptised whilst an undergraduate at Keble College, Oxford, in 2007. Sam had a few jobs before seeking ordination: he was a perfume salesman in Kazakhstan, a marketeer in London, and a teacher of Russian history at Brighton College. In 2014 he returned to Oxford to read for an MPhil in Ecclesiastical History. During these two years he lived and worked as Sacristan of Pusey House, an Anglo-Catholic student chaplaincy at the heart of Oxford. In 2016 he went to St Stephen's House in Oxford for three years of theological training, emerging in June 2019 to be ordained first deacon and then priest. Having completed his curacy in June 2021, Sam will continue ministering in Central Swansea as Vicar, and has also been appointed Assistant DDO. Sam is chaplain to the University of Wales Trinity St David's Swansea Campus, Chaplain to the Swansea Sea Cadets, and Bishop's Officer for Spirituality and Retreats. He is a keen walker, sea swimmer, reader; and ephemerist. He was married to Helen in 2016. Their first son Henry was born in November 2019, and George followed in October 2021