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About LFEC

LFEC are the initials of Llanelli Free Evangelical Church. So who is LFEC? When we ask ‘who?'  we are making a statement about what the Church is. It is not an object or an organisation; it is an organism made up of people.

LFEC is not a building with an address but ordinary people with real lives. When we ask ‘who?' and not ‘what?' we fall in line with the Bible's definition of a Church. In 1 Corinthians 12; the human body, with all of its diversity, is used to illustrate what the Church is. The body is a unit comprised of different parts, working together in harmony. The Church is the body of Christ and His body is made up of people. People clearly matter to God.

LFEC is made up of people from very differing backgrounds and ages; their relationship with Christ is the great thing that they have in common and it's what unites them. LFEC is just one small part of Christ's Church tucked away in a corner of Wales but we have a big heart for the world. We hope that this site may become one of the ways we a can reach out and touch God's world with His message in a new way.

LFEC Leaders

Philip Swann


I was brought up in SW London in a Welsh home and became a Christian while training to be a Chartered Physiotherapist. I was called into the Christian ministry in 1990 and have been Pastor at LFEC since 1998. I love Llanelli and its people and connecting the Bible to their lives.

Mathew Jones



Malcolm MacDonald


Our church treasurer brings considerable experience of public sector financial management to the role. He has undertaken every aspect of church leadership and administration except for leading the music worship for one very good reason - a total lack of musical ability. Since moving to Kidwelly he has taken a keen interest in the history of the town. Asked as part of the celebrations marking the 900 year anniversary of the town receiving borough status, to speak on the town's long history, he was allocated five minutes.  Sadly this was not achieved but he was advised that his six and a half minutes was considered acceptable.

Matthew Howard


Originally a native of Tenby, I moved to Llanelli after marrying a Trimsaran girl, Roanna. We now have three daughters - Keziah, Lydia and Phoebe - all of whom have fortunately inherited their mother's musical ability and not mine. I currently serve as the church administrator and, when I'm not doing that, run a book publishing business based in Llangennech.

David Lewis

Assistant Pastor

David is our Asst. Pastor and is also the Regional Director for Daylight Christian Prison trust.  He lives over the border in Loughor and is married to Debbie. They have three children, Abigail, Hannah & Josh and one son in-law, Joel. David is a passionate single-figure handicap golfer and will bore you for hours about golf if you ask him.  Before joining the ministry, David worked for 20 years in the motor industry.  He knows nothing about cars but can tell you the difference between leasing and contract hire!

James Hughes


Most commonly known as 'Jimmy', I've lived in Llanelli since December 2005 after I moved here following my marriage to Lucy. We now have four children; Pepper, Ethan, Poppy and Missy. I currently work as an IT consultant and in my spare time coach football,  write hymns and poetry and teach my children to play the piano.

Matthew Thomas