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Loughborough University

Centre for Faith and Spirituality

Chaplains

The Centre provides a number of Chaplains from different faith backgrounds who are available to students and staff to provide a listening ear and support. The Chaplains are available to anyone irrespective of their religious or spiritual beliefs.

Below is a list of our current Chaplains, if you have any questions about faith, they are happy to talk with you. If you just want someone to talk to, they are here. If you have a specific problem or difficulty, they can help direct you to the right place.  Please feel free to get in touch with them at any time.

Deacon Jan Sutton

Deacon Jan Sutton
Co-ordinator for the CFS/Methodist Chaplain

tel: 07961 846 905

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I am the Co-ordinator for the CFS. I am a Methodist Minister in the Loughborough Circuit and Co-ordinator for Loughborough Street Pastors. I came to Loughborough in 2005 and 'Love Loughborough'. I have a dog named Wally and love chocolate (fair trade of course!). I am available to all students and staff to listen and chat. Please come and say Hello.

Midhat Batool

Sister Midhat Batool
Muslim Chaplain

tel: 07411 282031

Amrat Bava
Hindu Chaplain

tel: 0789 6789850

Revd Tony Johnson

Revd Tony Johnson
Sports Chaplain

tel: 0781 4864695

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As a Loughburian born here shortly after the outbreak of World War Two, educated in local schools and now retired here, I am very much at home in the town.  In Loughborough my wife Jill and I brought up our three children.  I also taught in five schools in the town, serving as head of two of them.

I suppose that at heart I am a teacher.  After 26 years of working with children and young people, parents and fellow professional educators I graduated into my most natural and fulfilling environment – after studying for ordination – as a Church of England incumbent within a local community. 

My 23 years as a parish minister, leading up to retirement in 2009, enabled me to share my life-experience, training and passions within the community as a whole, of which the church is a historic and integrated part.  As the local vicar I had personal, professional and privileged involvement in the lives of individuals and families from cradle to grave.  In the wider community I was able to act as an encourager and active supporter in the neighbourhood clubs, pubs, schools, streets – and church.

Through my passion for people and community, I have endeavoured to ‘live’ my Christian faith and, when appropriate and necessary, talk about it, with people of all faiths and none.  This has occurred naturally - and frequently - as a result of my life-long passion for sport and outdoor pursuits of all kinds.

As a player, teacher, coach, referee and, latterly, touchline supporter of many sports, but particularly of rugby and cricket, I’ve shared an interest and involvement with many of the people I have met socially and professionally.

A sense of humour, love of music, reading, walking and taking photographs of unusual and historic post boxes (!) have all helped me to relate to people with personal interest and respect.  

Bryan Knell
International Student Chaplain

tel: 07808 766604

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I am the International Student Chaplain for Loughborough University and Colleges.  I have lived in the Loughborough area for about 30 years and enjoy being part of the Kings Church family which meets next to Sainburys.

 I gathered my first international student friends when I was at university and soon after that got a job leading a team of people who friended, helped and shared the Christian message with international students across the UK.  Since then I have worked for Christian charities and have visited every continent, except Antarctica.  So being involved with international students again is like coming back home.

 It is a great joy to get to know international people, to enjoy learning about different cultures and to sample food from all over the world.  I would love to see international students in Loughborough enjoying hospitality in local homes and growing in their understanding of our culture and their appreciation of Christian faith.

 I am married to Marion and we have three children, who all have international links, and eight grandchildren who live a couple of hours away from Loughborough.  Boating and cycling help to keep me healthy.  I look forward to making many new international friends on campus.

Father Binu Palakapally
Catholic Chaplain

tel: 07972 877702

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I was born into a Catholic family in Kerala in India, the youngest of 5 sisters and brothers. In my college days I came to know the Jesus Movement and found my vocation into the priesthoold. I joined the Rosminian seminary in 1995 and after my initial formation, went to Kenya and Tanzania in 1999 then on to Nairobi where I studied Philosophy. In 2003 I studied Theology in Rome before returning to Karala where I was ordained as a priest in 2008. I worked in Rosminian formation houses in Kerala for 2 and a half years before coming to the UK. I am currently the national pastor for Jesus for Youth for UK and reside at the Rosmini Centre, House of Prayer at Ratcliffe College.

I would like to meet each of the catholic students personally and invites you to join me at the Catholic Society (CathSoc) which meets on Wednesday evenings. Feel free to contact me at any time to talk. I am available for sacremental needs, confession and counselling on life issues.

Natalie Steel

Natalie Steel
Brahma Kumaris & Sikh Chaplain

tel: 0783 3554944

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My name is Natalie and I have been practising Raja Yoga with the Brahma Kumaris for over 18 years. I have had a varied career from commercial banking to working in television and in social care. For the last two years I have been co-ordinating activities for the Brahma Kumaris in Loughborough; offering courses, talks, workshops and one to one sessions in values-based self development, so that one can experience peace of mind and a positive approach to life.

I have recently been appointed as Chaplain to Hindu, Sikh and Brahma Kumaris communities and I am based at the Centre of Faith & Spirituality (CFS) on Tuesday afternoons. I am available to listen and talk to anyone of any faith. I believe as human beings the core of each one of us is essentially pure and good. Sometimes we just need to be reminded of our own inherent goodness and our strengths.

Every Tuesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm we run Positive Spirituality Sessions (using positivity as a way to handle everyday situations) at the CFS - Room B005. Anyone is most welcome to drop in!

Revd Chris Taylor
Anglican Chaplain

tel: 07946 763257

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Hi, I’m Rev Chris Taylor, a father of 3. Having trained for ordination for 8 years (4 of them locally in Shepshed)I have joined Loughborough University as the Anglican Chaplain.  I’m here 5 days a week. I think that my role is quite simply, to support all students and staff, to serve the Institution, and be a reminder that God is with us all, all the time. I look forward to meeting up with you as I walk around the campus or make tea at the CFS.

God Bless you

Revd Andy Thomson
Free Church Chaplain (Baptist)

tel: 0784 5996746

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I have just been appointed as the Baptist Chaplain, but I think of myself as an international ---  I was born and brought up in Zimbabwe, educated in Cape Town and London, worked in Thailand, Burma and Malaysia for 25 years, and sent my children to school in India!  After doing my theological degree in London. I did a year of national service in the Rhodesian army chaplaincy.  Then in 1976 I was ordained in a Baptist church in Harare and went out to Thailand to serve the Lisu church.   Work there ranged from helping local village churches, to teaching the Bible at conferences, to writing books for Bible students and then to teaching in a Bible college in Sarawak.  My wife is English and so when we left the Far East, we came to the UK and I have been the pastor of a village church for 6 years.

 I am passionate about the Bible, because I believe that in it God has revealed himself to us.  The thing that brought me into Christian ministry was the desire to help people be more like Jesus and I believe that understanding what God has said in the Bible is key to that.  As a chaplain, I see my role as being available to help anyone who feels a need to know God better and I am here to serve the students and staff of the university in any way that I can.  I have a particular sympathy for international students having been one myself!

 

Chris Watkins
Methodist Lay Chaplain

tel: 0798 5019673

 

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