Upper Trosnant has two elders, the Rev. Richard Harrison and Mr Phil Norman, who with the Pastor are the spiritual leaders of the Church.


Richard is the son of a farmer, and owes his great love and understanding of the natural world to his early life growing up on a farm in the Pateley Bridge area of Yorkshire. He was converted to Christ at the age of ten in a Methodist chapel. In 1960 he married Doreen and they moved to London, where Richard served the Lord as a Salvation Army officer. After a period of further Bible College training, experience in the Probation Service in London and Kent, and a stint in the Magistrates Courts Service, Richard became a lay pastor in Knockholt and Chatham and then a full-time accredited Baptist minister in Chatham and Bishops Stortford. In July 1996 Richard and Doreen moved to Pontypool where Richard spent 6 and a half years as a Missioner to the Eastern Valley of Gwent.


Richard says: I count it a privilege to serve as an Elder at Upper Trosnant, and I am excited by all the things that God is doing in Pontypool. I preach, teach and do pastoral work within our church and in the valley. I do not confine what I do to Baptist churches, because I believe that God wants all denominations to work together for his glory.



Phil was born and bred in Garndiffaith, and has lived and worked in Pontypool all his life. In 2011 he took early retirement from Pontypool Park, and was elected as an Elder of Upper Trosnant. Phil’s interests include philosophy, music and science, and he spent many years trying to be an atheist before accepting Christ as his saviour in 2004. He was baptised at Upper Trosnant. 

Phil says: My role includes preaching and working alongside other churches. I see caring for the people in the congregation as an important part of being an Elder, and I also play keyboards in the worship band. I believe that God is doing great things in our town!

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