A PENARTH graduate is set to become the youngest ordained Baptist Minister in England and Wales this weekend.

Sam Hackett, 22, will be ordained as a Baptist Minister during a service at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Saturday, July 5, at 2pm.

Keen hockey player Sam, who was born in Llandough and attended Victoria Primary School followed by Stanwell School, has been selected to play for both Penarth and South Wales.

After school he had a gap year when he worked as an intern with the Reverend Roger Grafton at Tabernacle Baptist Church, were Sam had attended since he was a few days old.

Sam has just completed his degree in Religious Studies and Theology at Cardiff University and achieved a 2:1.

At the same time Sam has undertaken his ministerial training at the South Wales Baptist College in Richmond Road Cardiff.

After his ordination Sam will take a break before being inducted as the Minister of Ruddington Baptist Church near Nottingham on September 13.

Ruddington also has the youngest Methodist Minister in the country who has a few years on Sam at 26 years old.

Sam is looking forward to this new challenge but will be a regular visitor to Penarth which will always be his home. Everyone is welcome at the ordination service. Afternoon tea will be served after the service.