Our chaplaincy team provides a safe place, a listening ear and personal support to all students and staff, regardless of their beliefs.
Revd. Beverley Locke, Honorary Chaplain
Phone: 07811 385702
Revd. Caroline Kennedy, Chaplain
I’m the newest member of the team in Carlisle, and am really looking forward to meeting staff and students, and to learning about the different campuses.
Before training to be a priest in the Church of England, I had a ‘normal’ life (!), working as a French teacher in large comprehensive schools, and having two children. I loved teaching: seeing progress and building relationships with young people. I’ve also worked as an Ecumenical Chaplain for Northumbria University and Carlisle College, and taught French in primary schools. At the moment, I still work part- time as chaplain in a large Church secondary school, and have a very clear sense of the demands (and enjoyment), for staff and students there. Most of my life has been bound up with education, and I believe passionately in its presence, and in its power to transform lives and communities. I also understand something of its pressures: those of working as an employee of educational institutions, and those of trying to meet deadlines as a student. (I’m still studying!)
I think of chaplaincy in a university setting as being very much to do with connections and building bridges. I believe there are strong and obvious links between education and the exploration of faith; in terms of the pursuit of truth and justice and the promotion of open and questioning minds. I see chaplains in this setting as people who will walk alongside staff and students, supporting them in their work, searches, growth and struggles, as well as providing spaces and places for exploration, worship, reflection and community.
I hope to meet you! My office is in the Blencathra building, close to Reception on Fusehill St campus, and once term is underway, I’ll be out and about. I love talking to people, so do say hi if I don’t say it first!
Phone: 01228 616184
Fr John Millar, Hon. Roman Catholic Chaplain
Hi, I’m Fr John, the Catholic Chaplain to students in Carlisle. I am based at Our Lady & St Joseph’s Church not far from the Fusehill Street Campus.
I can be contacted at Our Lady’s for pastoral or spiritual support, as well as for the Sacraments (Confession, Mass etc.). As well as pastoral care of Catholic students I am also the Chaplain to Newman Catholic School and Co-Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Lancaster.
I grew up in Kendal in the south of Cumbria and after leaving Sixth Form went to study for the Priesthood for seven years, spending most of my time at Allen Hall Seminary in Chelsea, London and reading theology at Heythrop College, University of London. Carlisle is my first appointment as a priest.
Phone: 01228 521 509
Rowena George, Chaplaincy Associate
Hi, I’m Rowena, a former Health Studies (BSc) and PGCE student, and more recently a Supply Lecturer in Primary English at the university. I’m an Arts Practitioner and work on a freelance basis with my husband Carl in a range of community and educational settings.
As a Christian, my place in the chaplaincy team is not only to listen and to support students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, but also to inspire a creative and authentic approach to life and study in Carlisle. My desire is to see people changed by the love of Jesus both in their relationships and in their contributions to the many spheres of life.
Phone: 01228 616184 ext 6184
Carl Sowerby, Chaplaincy Associate
Hi, I’m Carl. I’m excited to be a member of the chaplaincy team at the university.
My wife Rowena and I have been working with Matthew (University Chaplain) since early 2013. We were married by Matthew too at the chapel on the Fusehill Street campus.
My particular interest is in engaging with students at events such as the Student Dinners (Wednesday evenings, 6pm) and in finding new ways to explore life, purpose and faith.
I have worked as an illustrator and animator for the last ten years. More recently I’ve moved into working as an artist in community based environments, which has broadened my experience of people and given me a sense of the fullness that characterises a Christian life.
Phone: 01228 616184 ext 6184
Revd Alexandra Logan, Chaplaincy Co-ordinator
My name is Alex and I am the Church of England Chaplain based in Lancaster. My role is 'Coordinating Chaplain’ which means that I have oversight of chaplaincy provision at all of our campuses from Carlisle to London! Luckily, I have great colleagues who will help you access chaplaincy services, whichever campus you are on.
My initial training was as a youth and community worker at St Martin's College (now our Lancaster campus). I completed my ministry training at Ridley Hall in Cambridge and was Vicar of St James the Less Church in Bethnal Green, London, for seven years.
Whether you are a student or a member of staff, my door is open to you and you will no doubt see me around campus. I do like it when people stop me for a chat! I am here for the big questions of life or just for a little natter and I won’t care whether you have years of faith commitment or none at all.
Phone: 01524 385689 (ext. 5689)
Ilyas Patel, Hon. Muslim Chaplain
Phone: 01524 385689
Kara Cooper, Methodist Chaplain
Phone: 07706 736 127
Nawaz Munshi, Hon. Muslim Chaplain
Phone: 01524 385689
Revd Richard Bray, Hon. Chaplain
Hi, I’m Richard, your Church of England chaplain for the London campus. I became a Christian while I was a student, when my friends persuaded me to look at the evidence that Jesus rose from the dead.
After a few years working for a media company, I’ve been in full-time church work for a number of years and am now pastor (from September 2014) of St Anne’s Church, Limehouse. I’d love to hear from you, whether you want to chat about a pastoral matter or discuss the big questions of life.
Phone: 07798 940 554