Chaplaincy and Faith Support

Christian Chaplains

The denominational labels below are only as a guide: feel free to contact any of us!

Chaplains 

Liz Middleton Profile
Liz Middleton (International Chaplain)
Pronouns [She/Her]
University Park and Jubilee 
liz.middleton@nottingham.ac.uk 
+44 (0)115 951 3931
+ 44 (0)7952 291671

show/hide full profile...

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.

  

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

show/hide full profile...

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.

  

Grace Li Profile
Grace Li (International Chaplain)
Pronouns [She/Her]
Languages: Mandarin and Cantonese
Jubilee
grace.li@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931 
+44 (0)7948 993926

show/hide full profile...

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!

 

Paulina Hlawiczka Profile
Revd Paulina Hlawiczka (Lutheran Chaplain)
Languages: Polish, Slovakian and German
University Park
paulina.hlawiczka@nottingham.ac.uk 
+44 (0)115 951 3931
+44 (0)7707 430403

show/hide full profile...

Paulina has many roles – chaplain, theologian, pastor, ethicist, activist and soprano. She was born in Southern Poland and studied Theology & Ethics at the Christian Theological Academy, and Opera with Acting at the Elsner Opera School, both in Warsaw. She worked for several years as a PA to a Major General and Military Bishop in the Army Chaplaincy of the Polish Ministry of Defence helping to advocate gender equality in the army, co-editing the Military Magazine; supporting staff after traumatic events, and performing at Christmas Concerts for soldiers and the government. Paulina went on to work at the Polish Ecumenical Council as a projects' coordinator in areas such as the Migration Project, co-operating with the CCME (Churches Commission for Migrants in Europe) in Brussels. Since 2015 she has been a part-time Pastor-in-Charge of two multicultural churches in Nottingham and Corby and also one of the 7 Trustees of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain Council in London. In 2017 she became a part time Lutheran Chaplain at the Nottingham University assisting students from Central and Eastern Europe and the USA. In addition to advocating for social & gender justice, supporting minority communities and tackling hate crime, Paulina also performs solo as a soprano at different events such as opening ceremonies, anniversaries, commemorations, legal services, recitals, and concerts.

  

Julian Lowe Profile
Fr Julian Lowe (Orthodox Christian Chaplain)
Pronouns [He/Him]
University Park
julian.lowe@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931
+44 (0)7952 174206

show/hide full profile...

Fr Julian is Nottingham born and bred. He was received into the Eastern Orthodox Church in 2000 and having been a Server, a Reader and then a Deacon, He was ordained Priest in 2017. Professionally, Fr Julian worked in the manufacturing Industry; first as a qualitative analyst then as a Quality Assurance Manager, auditor, and advisor. 

For many years Fr Julian was a volunteer with the Nottingham Samaritans and also served as Samaritan Prison Co Ordinator, supporting and preparing ‘Listeners’ within two local prisons. 

In May 2018, Fr Julian was received as a ‘Companion of Julian of Norwich (CJN)’ having been a ‘Friend of Julian’ for many years. 

 

Pastor-Labi-Profile
Pastor Owolabi Mebude (MBLC Chaplain)
Languages: Yoruba
University Park
owolabi.mebude@nottingham.ac.uk
https://plabimebude.uk
+44(0)1159513931
+44(0)7947797323

show/hide full profile...

Pastor Owolabi Mebude (Plabs) is the Youth Pastor at God’s Vineyard Ministries’ UK with HQ in Nottingham.

Plabs studied Biomedical Sciences and graduated in 2010 from Nottingham Trent University (NTU). He was ordained as a clergyman in March 2009; at the age of 19 years. He is passionate about and strongly dedicated to helping young people fulfill their God given visions through mentoring, as well as, life and relationship coaching support. He currently leads the Radical Youth Campus fellowships, now operating in over 27 universities across the UK.

He is an author, a speaker and hosts social media channels ‘Relationships QnA with Plabs’ (youtube) and ‘Start with God Devotional’ (facebook), which have been sources of blessing to many. Plabs enjoys watching and playing football as well as going for a walk.

 

Faith Advisors and Chaplaincy Assistants

Kwok Leung Cheung Profile
Kwok-Leung Cheung (Chinese Church Faith Advisor)
Languages: Cantonese
University Park and Royal Derby Hospital 
kl.cheung@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931
+44 (0)1332 724881

show/hide full profile...

Kwok-Leung was born and bred in Hong Kong, becoming a Christian when he was in secondary school.  Having finished 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.  Following completion of a BA in Theological Studies at London School of Theology in 2021, he started serving as an associate minister at Nottingham Chinese Christian Church.  He is married to Loretta, with two grown up children, Ian and Victoria.

 

Joanne Peek Profile
Joanne Peek (Methodist Lay Chaplain)
University Park
joanne.peek@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 9513931

show/hide full profile...

Jo was born and raised in Scotland, where she attended the University of Stirling. Immediately after leaving school she undertook BSc in Biology, and after some life experience then went on to complete a BSc in Adult Nursing. In 2014 she moved to Nottingham to take up a nursing job in intensive care and has remained in Nottingham ever since. Born and raised in the Methodist church, Jo returned to the church after a considerable absence about five years ago. As of September 2019, she has been the student worker at Lenton Methodist Church, and a large part of this role is working with students at the university. Outside of work Jo enjoys gardening, knitting, reading, feeding people, playing boardgames with friends, and has most recently discovered the joys of D and D.

 

Chris Howitt Profile
Christopher Howitt (Catholic Lay Chaplain)
University Park
christopher.howitt@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 9513931

show/hide full profile...

Originally from Nottingham, Chris studied Drama at De Montfort University Leicester and stayed on a further three years to complete his MA in the Arts and MPhil in Theatre and Theology. A keen writer, Chris enjoys creating play-scripts, poetry and just about anything with a pen and paper. Before joining the Chaplaincy team he spent two years as Catholic Lay Chaplain at the University of Derby, working ecumenically with fellow chaplains and recording the weekly Three Christians Podcast. Born into the Catholic faith, Chris has a love of life, laughter, hospitality and cooking. He is thrilled to be part of the Chaplaincy here at the University of Nottingham.

 

Tim Yearsley Profile
Tim Yearsley (Associate Chaplain)
Pronouns [He/Him]
University Park
chaplains@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931

show/hide full profile...

Tim leads a student ministry for The Navigators UK across the universities in Nottingham. Tim is all about helping students explore how faith gives meaning and purpose to life on campus - he is experienced in one-to-one mentoring, talking with students to make sense of life, ask bigger and better questions, and help others do the same. Tim has been married to Beth since 2010, and they attend Holy Trinity church in Lenton together.  Tim enjoys provocative film, intense coffee, long runs, playing in his metal band, and meaningful conversations.

 

Karen Gray Profile
Karen Gray (Chaplaincy Assistant)
Pronouns [She/Her]
Sutton Bonington
karen.gray@nottingham.ac.uk
+44 (0)115 951 3931

show/hide full profile...

After a wandering childhood (West Indies/Southern Africa/North Wales/France), Karen studied Geography at Birmingham University before moving (with husband David) to Sutton Bonington  - a community where she has loved living, teaching, running youth clubs and raising three boys. Home life often involves juggling the priorities of feeding students, reading widely, introducing visitors to new board games and keeping in touch with sons who have now left home for Germany, Alabama and Oxfordshire! Karen recently left teaching and is now studying for a degree in Theology, Ministry and Mission at St Mellitus College, East Midlands, in the hope that this will equip her for leadership in a local church, working with students and living out faith in a messy world. Aside from spending time with people (including volunteering with a local organisation working with young people seeking asylum), she enjoys walking, swimming in the local river and playing the French Horn (very amateurishly!) in the SB campus orchestra.

 

 

 

 

Chaplaincy and Faith Support

A29, Portland Building
University of Nottingham
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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