Chaplaincy and Faith Support
   
   
  

Christian Chaplains

Members of all churches, and none, are offered support by the Chaplaincy team. The denominational labels below are only as a guide: feel free to contact any of us.

Chaplains

 JohnBentham
Revd Canon John Bentham (Coordinating Anglican Chaplain)
University Park
john.bentham@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931
+44 (0)7735 599304

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John is one of the longest serving members of the Chaplaincy team. One day, his Bishop will discover how much he loves working here with students and staff, and send him far, far away, but for the meantime, John thrives on coordinating the chaplains from all faiths, and looking after our premises and prayer rooms on all four campuses. John leads chaplaincy liaison with student welfare, sits on the Interfaith Liaison Group, and a number of Research Ethical Committees. He is a graduate of Loughborough University where study of Urban Geography fostered a calling to inner city ministry. He began ministry in urban Leeds, followed by some years as vicar in the Meadows area of Nottingham where services held in the pub next door were often more fun than Church itself. This may explain why he is now a trustee of the Malt Cross Café Bar in Nottingham City Centre, a unique restored Victorian music hall and arts venue run by a consortium of Nottingham churches. It is also the base for the acclaimed Street Pastors. John was one of the team which set up the Soul Survivor youth festivals, ran their seminar programme for a number of years and still contributes to their summer festivals. He is an Honorary Canon of Southwell Minster, and a member of its governing body (Chapter). His personal passions are live football, live theatre, and live music.  When not singing ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’, he can be found singing Bass in Nottingham Harmonic Choir, though is more likely to listen to U2, Muse or early Queen or some other bombastic overblown theatrical rock when on his own.





  Revd Dr Megan Smith
Revd Dr Megan Smith (Anglican Chaplain)
University Park
megan.smith@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931

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Megan studied medicine at the University of Manchester. As a student there she also spent much time involved in church ministry, inner-city community development work and prison visiting. Enjoying squeezing as much as possible into life, she started studying for an MTh in Applied Theology (Liverpool) the year of her medical finals and later squeezed in an MSc in Medical Education as well! Megan specialized in Paediatric and then Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine. She gained further medical experience in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto, Canada before coming to Nottingham as a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at NUH in 2004. On return to the UK Megan quickly began exploring a calling to ordained church ministry, didn’t quite fit into the usual patterns for ministry training, and was ordained in Southwell Minster in 2007. After 5 years of juggling ordained church ministry and full-time medical work, she is now in ministry full-time, as Vicar of Lenton and University Chaplain. She has interests in medical ethics and end-of-life care (both medical and pastoral). Megan is passionate about anything which helps people discover who God has created and called them to be. Other passions are gardening, mountains and lakes, good wine, home-baked bread, Aga cooking and generally living life to the full.





 Jonathan Rose
Father Jonathan Rose (Catholic Chaplain)
University Park, Jubilee
jonathan.rose@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3930
+44 (0)7526 711287

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Father Jonathan Rose was born and brought up in Southwell, Nottinghamshire and educated in Derbyshire and the West Country. He trained for Hotel Management in Norwich. He was received into the Catholic Church at Downside Abbey, whilst away at school in Bath. He spent the majority of his professional life managing luxury hotels across the world. After returning to the Anglican church, he became an Anglican Monk with The Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield, West Yorkshire. Returning to the Catholic Church, he continued his studies in Theology at the University of Nottingham before training for the Diocesan Priesthood, firstly at The Royal English College in Valladolid, Northern Spain and then at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. He was ordained to the Deaconate in Rome, in the Basilica of St. Paul’s outside the Walls by the former Head of the Papal Household, Cardinal James Harvey in June 2014. Fr. Jonathan was ordained to the Priesthood in July 2015 by Bishop Patrick McKinney in the Catholic Cathedral of St. Barnabas, Nottingham and it is at the Cathedral and in the parish of St. Augustine’s Woodborough Road that Fr. Jonathan has ministered as a priest before joining the Chaplaincy team in January 2017, as the Catholic Chaplain. In addition he is the Private Secretary to the Bishop of Nottingham. Fr Jonathan is a people’s person, with a keen sense of humour and love of life. He enjoys offering and receiving hospitality in all its many forms. In his spare time, he likes reading, foreign travel, music, cinema and the theatre as well as hill walking and skiing.   









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Liz Middleton (International Chaplain)
University Park, Jubilee
liz.middleton@nottingham.ac.uk 
+44 (0)115 951 3931
+ 44 (0)7952 291671

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Liz joined the chaplaincy team in 2006 with a focus on international students. She is involved in the Globe Cafés, outings and other events for international students, plus international Bible studies and pastoral work. She is in the Portland Building Chaplaincy office C2-3 most days and in the Jubilee Campus Faith Space (Amenities Building B4) on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Previously Liz worked in mainland China for thirteen years, initially teaching English & studying Mandarin and then for nine years working with abandoned children. In her spare time Liz enjoys scenic walks in the countryside, playing the piano and meeting up with family & friends.




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Val Owens (International Chaplain)
Sutton Bonington
val.owens@nottingham.ac.uk 
+44 (0)115 951 3931 
+44 (0)7942 073750

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Val qualified and worked in Cardiff as a Physiotherapist before moving to Loughborough where she continued to work as a physio whilst becoming increasingly involved with student ministry in Loughborough University. After a number of years close involvement with students from Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China through the Loughborough Chinese Christian Fellowship, she spent 2 years at All Nations Christian College doing a course in Biblical, Missiology and Cross cultural studies. Following her time there she moved to work with international students on Sutton Bonington Campus, enjoying the rich diversity of cultures represented there. She is involved with a variety of events, such as Globe Café, Mosaic group for international women, arranging outings , hospitality and opportunities to study the Bible. She has also been involved since 1992 with a humanitarian project high on the Tibetan plateau and has made regular trips to China since that time, as well as other parts of the Far East, (and more recently to Kenya) greatly enjoying linking up with some past student friends in the process.

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Grace Li (International Chaplain)

Jubilee
grace.li@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931 
+44 (0)7948 993926

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Born and grown up in mainland China, Grace came to the UK for her theological study. She then joined Chinese Overseas Christian Mission (COCM) as a full time minister.  Grace came to Nottingham in 2006 with a focus on sharing the gospel to mainland Chinese students.  She is involved in mandarin Bible studies, pastoral work, and basic counselling.  Grace works closely with Liz Middleton as an international chaplain and works regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays on Jubilee campus. In her spare time, she loves reading, hiking, extending hospitality and self-inventing cooking!
Grace 来自中国, 在英国 完成了她的神学课程后, 加入基督教华侨布道会, 做全职传道工作。 她于2006年来到诺丁汉, 旨在向中国的同胞分享上帝的爱。她目前参与在普通话学生团契, 中文圣经学习, 以及基本的心理咨询工作。每周二, 周四她会在大学Jubilee campus faith space, Amenities Building B4.。 偶尔也会在 Portland Building Chaplaincy. 
她的业余爱好是徒步旅行及阅读, 以及享受自我挑战的料理!

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Kwok-Leung Cheung (Chinese Church Faith Advisor)

University Park
kl.cheung@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931
+44 (0)1332 724881

 

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Kwok-Leung was born and bred in Hong Kong, becoming a Christian when he was in secondary school.  Having completed surgical training, he came to Nottingham in 1998 to carry out research in breast cancer, and has not left since! He is now a clinical academic at the University (www.nottingham.ac.uk/medicine/people/kwok_leung.cheung).  He is a member of the Nottingham Chinese Christian Church (www.nottinghamccc.org.uk). Kwok-Leung is currently studying a BA in Theological Studies at London School of Theology. He is married to Loretta, with two grown up children, Ian and Victoria. 









Chaplaincy Assistants

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Steph Purcell Gilpin (Lay Catholic Chaplain)
University Park, Jubilee 
steph.purcellgilpin@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3930

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Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Steph came to the UK to study Medicinal and Biological Chemistry (MSci) at the University of Nottingham. It was here that she felt free to begin to seriously explore her faith in the light of the challenging experiences she had faced in the Zimbabwean context. This process led to her decision to become a Catholic in her second year. She became increasingly involved in the prayer and social life of the Catholic community and ended up on the Catholic Society committee. During the course of her degree, much of her free time was spent in the Chaplaincy and, following her graduation in July 2016, she is glad to be joining the team. Having grown up in a very ecumenical family Steph has been exposed, perhaps more than many, to the various approaches to faith which has broadened her appreciation and increased her understanding and sensitivity. In her spare time Steph is an avid reader, has travelled widely, enjoys baking, loves embroidery and, despite appearing to be calm and collected, is a very vocal supporter of her elite sportsman brother - screaming her lungs out for him at rowing events!

 


 

Chaplaincy and Faith Support

C1, Portland Building
University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Tel: +44 (0)115 951 3931
Email: chaplains@nottingham.ac.uk