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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 has been Dean of Chapel since 2019. 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 theology. James is also one of the College Tutors, and is sometimes seen around College with his beagle Pippy, the College welfare dog.

James is available to all members of the College community, of any faith or none, to talk on any matter and offer a supportive and listening ear. He can be found in D1 in First Court, with a ready supply of tea and biscuits. 

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339433

Assistant Chaplain (Dean's Clerk) – The Rev'd Jonny Torrance

Jonny Torrance joined the chapel community in 2023 as Assistant Chaplain. He previously served a curacy at Church of the Good Shepherd in Cambridge, whilst pursuing a PhD in Theology, focusing on the theology of Martin Luther and the doctrine of sin. Jonny grew up near Edinburgh, before reading History at the University of Oxford and then moving to Switzerland to work as a youth worker in international churches. He returned to the UK in 2017 to train for ordination at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. In his spare time, Jonny enjoys woodwork and fixing things, and passionately supports the Scottish rugby team.

The Assistant Chaplain assists with leading Chapel services and supporting the Chapel and Choir community, as well as providing chaplaincy support across College, particularly to staff and postgraduates, and working with colleagues to deliver wellbeing activities. He is available to College members 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 and Secretaries are a team of undergraduate and postgraduate students who are responsible for setting up for services, maintaining the Chapel, and welcoming visitors. If you would like to help in this capacity, you can contact the Dean of Chapel. 

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

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 Dean of Chapel for more information.


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