|Archbishop of Wales|
|Church||Church in Wales|
|Born||January 14, 1918|
|Died||March 18, 1987(aged 69)|
|Previous post||Bishop of Monmouth (1970-1986)|
Childs grew up in Laugharne. He was educated at Whitland Grammar School, before reading history at University College, Cardiff. He studied theology at Salisbury Theological College, before being ordained in 1942. He was a curate in Milford Haven and then Laugharne. In 1947 he became editor of Cymry'r Groes, a magazine to serve the official youth organization of the Church of Wales. It was renamed Province in 1949; Childs remained its editor until 1967.
Childs married Cicely Davies in 1951; they were to have a son and a daughter. Also in 1951 Childs became Warden of Llandaff House, Penarth in 1951; this was a university hall of residence provided by the diocese. Four years later he became secretary of the provincial council for education and then, in 1956, secretary and treasurer of the Historical Society of the Church in Wales. In 1961 he left Llandaff House to become first director of the Church in Wales Publications. In 1965 he became chancellor of Llandaff Cathedral and then principal of Trinity College, Carmarthen. At that time church colleges were fighting for their survival; Childs had an important role in ensuring that Trinity College both survived and embarked on a period of imaginative development. In 1972, he was elected bishop of Monmouth and in 1983 became Primate of the Church in Wales. Childs was a sub-prelate of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.
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- Crockford's Clerical Directory1947-48 Oxford, OUP,1947
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- Diocese of Monmouth Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine
- The Times, 10 February 1983; pg. 12; Issue 61453; col F News in Brief
|Church in Wales titles|
Eryl Stephen Thomas
| Bishop of Monmouth
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| Archbishop of Wales
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