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Chapel contacts

Whether you're looking for pastoral care, worship, or to book an event, the Chapel team are here to help.

People come to Chapel for a variety of reasons, from a range of backgrounds, and with different gifts and experiences. It is a spiritual home for all in College.

We seek to be an inclusive community, welcoming and walking alongside people of all faiths and none, and exploring together our sense of purpose, truth and justice in our lives and in the world around us. We are rooted in centuries of prayer, spirituality and intellectual enquiry, and are at the heart of pastoral care and wellbeing in our College community. We look forward to welcoming you.

Dean of Chapel – The Rev'd James Crockford

James Crockford became Dean of Chapel in September 2019, moving to Cambridge with Pippy, his beagle (and very capable pastoral assistant). He had previously been Associate Vicar of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, and Honorary Chaplain at Magdalen College, Oxford. James grew up in Derby and Kent, and read Music at Nottingham and Theology at Cambridge. He is engaged in research on musical and theological aesthetics, and specifically the early work of St Augustine of Hippo, and supervises undergraduate papers in doctrine and philosophical theology. James also leads the College's team of Welfare Tutors.

James is available to all members of the College community for pastoral support. He can be found in D1, with a ready supply of tea and biscuits. 

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339433

Assistant Chaplain (Dean's Clerk) - Eleanor Lancelot

The Assistant Chaplain takes a particular lead in providing pastoral support to the staff and postgraduate communities, developing our wellbeing resources and programme, and of course assisting with Chapel services. She is available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for pastoral support and conversation.


Secretary to the Dean and the Chapel Office - Jacob Partington

If you're interested in booking the Chapel or have an enquiry about Clergy family grants, please contact the Secretary to the Dean and the Chapel Office. 

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339438

Chapel Clerks and Secretaries

The Chapel Clerks are paid graduates, and Secretaries are undergraduate volunteers, who help setting up services and maintaining the Chapel. If you would like to help in this capacity, you can contact the Dean of Chapel. The Chapel Clerks arrange for volunteers from the wider College to help out in various ways at services.

The Bible readings for services in Chapel are read by a wide variety of people: students, fellows, and staff members.

Anyone who would like to read is most welcome to, whether or not you would describe yourself as a practising Christian, or have ever read in a church before. It is a good opportunity to become more involved in College life, to get to know the Bible, and develop confidence.

If you'd like to read at services, lead prayers, or join in the life of the Chapel in any way, you can contact the Chapel Clerks for more information.



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