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Who We Are

Chaplaincy who are are

The University Chaplain is situated in Room CP006, between the Students’ Union (SU) and the Chapel.

For information about prayer spaces or venues for celebrations, please contact Revd Rowley in the first instance. Our world faith advisors are here to help you connect with local people who share your faith.

 

Chaplaincy Team World Faith Advisors Christian Denominational Contacts
   

Revd Anne Rowley

Revd. Annie Rowley

University Chaplain

 

E: a.rowley@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876606

 

I’ve been the full-time Chaplain here at York St John since October 2014. I have a BA Hons in Health Studies and an MA in Theology and Pastoral Studies, both of which have helped me enormously in my previous work as a hospital chaplain, specialising in mental health. I’ve lived in York since 1997, when I came to work as the Quaker chaplain at The Retreat hospital in York, where I enjoyed 13 very happy years. I was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2010, and completed my training as an assistant curate in a rural area, before coming here. My vision for the Chaplaincy is that it should be a place of openness and welcome for people of all faiths and none – a safe place where people may learn to flourish and grow in their emotional and spiritual lives. I love meeting people and listening to their stories, and along with my team of dedicated Chaplaincy Assistants and Faith Advisors, I hope you will come and share yours with us while you are here.


Calum Wilson

Calum Wilson

PA to University Chaplain

 

E: c.wilson1@yorksj.ac.uk

T: 01904 876607

 

I have been working part time at the Chaplaincy department since february 2015. Before this I held positions in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and York St John International. I also completed my undergraduate degree at York St John so I am very familiar with the campus and the University! York St John is a fantastic place to work and study and the Chaplaincy Department is dedicated to ensuring staff and students feel safe and valued during their time here. My main responsibilities are ensuring that everything in the department runs smoothly from an administrative perspective. I am also charged with organising and marketing Chaplaincy events, as well as the upkeep and maintenance of the Chaplaincy webpages. 


Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones

Chaplaincy Assistant - Student Outreach

 

E: k.jones1@yorksj.ac.uk

 


Jenni Howard

Jenni Howard

Chaplaincy Assistant - LGBT Christian Contact

 

E: Chaplaincy@yorksj.ac.uk

 

Hi, I am Jenni and my role in the Chaplaincy is to support its inclusive ethos by acting as a link for any LGBT students. You may feel you just need a chat or perhaps more support and I can help point you in the right direction.

I see myself as a gay woman who sits on the left wing of Christianity and as such I do not belong to any particular parish, as I am inclined to centre my spirituality in contemplation and meditation.

My background is in creative therapy and I now use this to help people explore their own spirituality.


Seija Frears

Seija Frears

Chaplaincy Assistant - International Student Outreach

 

E: Chaplaincy@yorksj.ac.uk

 

Hello, my name is Seija and I come originally from Finland where I was trained as a Deaconess in the Lutheran church. I have lived in the Middle East, Bangkok and Marseille before moving to England. Having lived abroad I know something about Culture Shock and how it feels to move from one culture to another. My role in York St John Chaplaincy is to help international students feel more at home and to make friends. In order to do this Julie and I offer a weekly free English Conversation Group with tea and toast at the end. I also like to walk our dogs in the fields and read books. My favourite book is the Bible which I like to study and discuss with others in YSJ Chapel in a weekly Bible discussion group where everybody is welcome. 


Maxine Waller

Maxine Waller

Chaplaincy Assistant

 

E: Chaplaincy@yorksj.ac.uk

 

Hello, my name is Maxine.  I moved to the wonderful city of York a couple of years ago and work at YSJ University as part of the domestic team.
I also teach dance, fitness and meditation classes/workshops and I am looking forward to developing small group workshops within the Chaplaincy Department, where I am currently part of the team leading the prayers.
I am really looking forward to meeting you and I would like to wish you all a big warm welcome to YSJ University.


Julie Funnell

Julie Funnell

Chaplaincy Assistant - International Student Outreach

 

E: Chaplaincy@yorksj.ac.uk

 

I love people, travel, languages and the discovery of new places and cultures.  I’ve been privileged to live and work with some wonderful people, in different parts of the world! I’m concerned for all life, God’s creation, nature & the great outdoors, walking and cycling daily.

It’s exciting to be a Christian and I feel blessed to be part of this innovative Chaplaincy Team. Seija and I have fun with an English Conversation Group, then enjoy ‘Tea, Toast & Talk’ to help you make some friends & quickly settle into your new home, with us here in York.

We’re really looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you!


Bob Snowden

Bob Snowden

Chapel Cleaner

 

I’ve worked for 11 years at York St John, and for the last year or so I’ve had special responsibility for the Chapel. I take a real pride in keeping the Chapel area neat and clean, especially the beautiful wooden floor. I’m there most mornings and enjoy chatting with visitors and the team, as I’m a real ‘people person’! You might think the Chapel would be a stuffy sort of place but I am glad to be part of a team that is warm and welcoming to all sorts of folk, from babies to bishops!