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Chapel contacts

Whether you're looking for pastoral care, worshipping, or booking an event, the Chapel and Choir 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. We welcome that diversity.

We seek to be an inclusive community, and to put into practice St Benedict’s teaching that everyone must be welcomed as Christ himself. As we try to keep that tradition of pastoral care and hospitality alive, 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 was raised 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. James also serves as one of the Welfare Tutors.

James can be contacted about Chapel events and bookings, and 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) - The Rev'd Dr Zachary Guiliano

Zack became Assistant Chaplain in October 2019. He and his wife, Melissa, first came to Cambridge in 2012, when he started his PhD (History) at St John’s College as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He currently serves as assistant curate at St Bene’t’s Church, alongside his duties in College. Zack grew up in and around Peoria, Illinois, before moving to study theology and history at Evangel University and Harvard. He is finishing a book on the homiliary of Paul the Deacon, a collection of patristic sermons commissioned by Charlemagne. Until recently he worked as a religion journalist and editor, publishing various articles, essays, and reviews on church history, theology, and contemporary Anglicanism.

Zack has particular responsibilities toward the staff and postgraduate communities within College. He assists the Dean in leading services in Chapel, and with projects on wellbeing and interfaith engagement.

Zack is available to all members of the College community for pastoral support, and can often be found in The Roost cafe.


Secretary to the Dean and the Chapel Office - Catherine Nancekievill

If you're interested in booking the Chapel, 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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