The Diocese of Bangor has welcomed its first outdoors community chaplain.

Jill Ireland, in partnership with Rural Ministries, has been appointed as the dedicated outdoor chaplain for Llanberis.

Known worldwide for its outdoor pursuits and adventure sports, the new role charges Ms Ireland to bridge the gap between faith and outdoors, connecting with both the residents and the visitor community.

With over a decade's experience in pioneer ministry within the sports community, Ms Ireland is eager to bring her spiritual guidance and support to Llanberis.

Ms Ireland said: "The invitation of this Outdoor Chaplain role to live out the gospel in both word and deed amongst the outdoor community of Bro Eryri thrills me!

Jill Ireland has joined the Diocese of Bangor (Image: The Diocese of Bangor)

"I’m excited to move to Llanberis, start learning Welsh and become active in the Eryri outdoor community."

The appointment comes as part of a new chapter for the Christian community in the area, which has been without full-time spiritual leadership for half a dozen years.

Ms Ireland will be working closely with Canon Naomi Starkey, the newly appointed Ministry Area Leader of Bro Eryri, comprising of Penisa’rwaun, Llanberis and Nant Peris in Eryri National Park.

Revd Simon Mattholie, chief executive at Rural Ministries, said: "We are excited to be collaborating with the Diocese on this innovative project, which will allow Jill to serve as Pioneer Chaplain based in Bro Eryri, to make a gospel connection with those whose passion is the outdoors."

He revealed their hope that such an initiative will help those in the outdoor community find Jesus and strengthen the church in the area and beyod.

Welcoming Ms Ireland, Archdeacon David Parry said: "Jill’s appointment is a sign of the Church’s commitment to everyone who finds joy and meaning in this precious landscape."

The outdoor service to kick start Ms Ireland's ministry takes place on Saturday, June 15 at Llyn Padarn.