Meirion Thomas (Pastor)

Meirion became a Christian while at school in Llanelli. Having always been ‘respectably religious’ he came to see his need of Jesus as a personal Saviour. He worked for some years with student Christian Unions before being an Assistant Pastor here at Malpas Road Evangelical Church. Following this, Meirion returned to his home Church in Pontarddulais as their first Pastor; he held this position for eleven years. In 1999 he returned to Malpas Road with his wife Ceri and their three children to be the 14th Pastor in 120 years! The Thomas’ have four grandchildren and nearly always holiday in Wales. They, both being first language welsh speakers, love all things Welsh. Meirion enjoys classical music, murder mystery books and films, and likes a good political debate (in mild moderation).


Meirion is supported by his wife, Ceri, who is actively involved in many activities in the church, including the women’s work and tots. Together they form a great partnership.

Sam Oldridge (Assistant Pastor)

Sam, originally from Leicester, moved to Newport in 2016 to take up the role of Assistant Pastor here at Malpas Road Evangelical Church. Sam became a Christian at a young age when he realised that he needed Jesus to be his own personal Lord and Saviour. Soon after he felt the desire to serve God by telling others about Him. When Sam is not engaged in his work with Malpas Road he enjoys drinking coffee, reading books and going running. His favourite place to be is cycling in the south of France.

Dafydd Williams (Ministry Apprentice)

Dafydd is a Ministry Apprentice at Malpas Road, having joined the team in September 2016. Dafydd is very involved in the youth, children’s and schools work. He also attends a training course once a week and enjoys regular speaking opportunities at the church’s outreach services and at local church services.



The Pastors of the church are supported by a team of Elders and Deacons; three of the four Elders are below.