Christian Chaplains and local faith contacts
Ed Davis - Anglican and Coordinating Chaplain
Ed joined the team in 2007 and is the Anglican and Coordinating Chaplain. He offers pastoral care to students and staff of all faiths and none, and runs various events exploring faith and spirituality. He is particularly interested in providing opportunities for encounter between those of different faiths.
In addition, Ed is responsible to the University for overseeing the work of the Multifaith Chaplaincy, coordinating the wider team, and representing the Chaplaincy at a senior level within the University.
Mike Peat - Free Church Chaplain
Mike is a part time Free Church Chaplain, a post supported financially by the United Reformed Church, Methodist and Baptist denominations. Ordained as a Baptist minister, Mike has spent his ministry to date working in ecumenical contexts.
Prior to joining the Chaplaincy team, he spent six years as minister of a group of three churches in the rural High Peak area of Derbyshire, and looks forward to continuing his passion for rambling in the countryside around Bristol.
Mike also enjoys reading diversely, listening to various kinds of music, singing in choirs, and cooking meals for his (tolerant) wife and daughter.
Michael Docker - Baptist Chaplain
Michael Docker is the minister of Tyndale Baptist Church on Whiteladies Rd and the Baptist Chaplain in the University.
He is married to Cheryl and they have two children. Michael returned to Bristol in 2001 after having graduated from the University in 1989 - a mature (well, sort of) student. Previously he had a career in the manufacturing industry in the West Midlands. Michael enjoys, in no particular order, modern poetry, swimming, hill walking, film, travel and the music of Antony and the Jonsons. He also enjoys trying to make connections between everyday life and the Christian faith.
Rachel Haig - Baptist Chaplain
Rachel is the Community Minister at Tyndale Baptist Church, which means she spends a lot more time outside of the church than in it, and does lots of chatting to people about everything and nothing.
She trained at Bristol Baptist College before spending sixteen years working at Horfield Baptist Church, helping them redevelop buildings and open a cafe. She likes to cook and travel, and is a lover of all things Middle Earth. She enjoys walking Pippin, a little Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who she house shares with alongside best friend Sian. She's a fervent Liverpool fan and dabbles in a bit of golf on occasion. But mostly she likes to chat.
Dave Mitchell - Woodlands Church Chaplain
Dave Mitchell graduated from Bristol University in 1980 and has been here ever since. He is married to Tina; they have five children and have been living in a Christian Community in Cotham for eleven years, where twenty people share a house and life together.
Dave pastors Woodlands Church and has had a long association with the Chaplaincy team. He enjoys being alive and loves people, music, the countryside and his food. He is passionate about seeking the Kingdom of God, and helping build a church that recognisably belongs to Jesus. This is harder than you might think!
Chris Harlow - Woodlands Church Chaplain
Chris has been involved in student life in Bristol since coming to study here in 2005, particularly around Woodlands Church. He joined the Chaplaincy team in September 2015 after taking on the role of Student Pastor at Woodlands, and is thoroughly enjoying both so far!
Chris lives in a small Christian community house with his wife Xanna, son Zeph and six friends. In his spare time, he likes to snowboard, juggle and play frisbee (but not all at the same time... yet).
Lucy Nagle - Anglican Chaplain
Lucy is the curate at Redland Parish Church where she has been since 2015. She first came to Bristol to study Theology and Religious Studies at Bristol University and followed this with a PGCE in Religious Education. Lucy taught RE at a secondary school just outside Bristol for five years whilst also being involved in youth work and ministry at her local church. Lucy then went to Cambridge to train for ordination and happily returned to Bristol to become the curate at Redland.
Lucy is passionate about issues of sustainability, climate change and justice and sees these as integral to the life of a Christian. She values hospitality and community as a means of sharing God’s love with the world. Lucy enjoys the walking in the countryside, running and is beginning to cultivate an interest in gardening.
Jacqueline Conradie-Faul - International Student Chaplain
Jacqueline Conradie-Faul is the coordinator at BISC, the Bristol International Student Centre, and joined the Chaplaincy team in 2009. Jacqueline has been actively involved with international students for many years. Originally from South Africa, she spent four years in Germany before moving to Bristol in 2005 with her husband, Charl.
Before joining BISC she worked in marketing and creative arts. She attends Woodlands Church, and passionately believes in the example of servanthood set by Jesus Christ and the value He placed on friendship and building relationships unconditionally and without prejudice.
She is also an accomplished fine artist, and enjoys interior decoration, entertaining, travelling and walking in the countryside.
Father Rupert Allen – Roman Catholic Chaplain
Rupert is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Clifton. He lives and works at the Catholic Chaplaincy at 103 Queens Road and is also priest-in-charge of Holy Cross Parish in Bedminster. Rupert was born in Bristol and went on to study theology at Oxford. He trained for the priesthood in London and Leuven and after ordination worked in Brussels before returning to England and to Bristol. He has also worked in prison and hospital chaplaincy. At the moment he is working on an MPhil in French Ecclesiastical History. In his free time Rupert enjoys travelling, literature and independent cinema.
Sister Ewa Pliszczak - Roman Catholic Local Faith Contact
Ewa is a missionary sister with Servants of the Holy Spirit; an international order founded in Holland in 1998 and working in over forty countries. Ewa is originally from Poland and has been living and working in England since 2003.
She is fascinated by people; how they think, feel and react, as she believes that human beings are a great mystery, unique and complex. She has been involved in vocations, youth work and social work. She is also a qualified counseller and has worked with a number of agencies offering Integrative Counselling. She likes cooking, natures, sport, art and pop music.
Father Giurgios El Macary - Coptic Orthodox Local Faith Contact
Father Giurgios has a Law Degree and a Diploma Of Police Sciences from the Police Academy in Egypt, and later served with the United Nations in Cambodia.
After ending this mission, he was ordained as a monk in the monastery of St Macarios, in Egypt, in 1994. He has dedicated himself to studying Orthodox Spirituality, Biblical Theology and Eastern Languages as well. He is the Pastor of St. Marina Coptic Church in Bristol.
Fr. Giurgios is passionate about spiritual music, enjoys socialising with Middle Eastern students as well as those from all countries who are looking to investigate life’s big questions.
Archmandrite Kyril Jenner - Eastern Orthodox Local Faith Contact
Archmandrite Kyril has been the parish priest of the Orthodox Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God, on University Road, since 1999. Before that he was assistant priest in a church in Manchester.
Alongside his church work he has supported himself financially through teaching, originally mathematics and statistics in secondary schools and later in a polytechnic (which became a university) teaching software engineering until early retirement in 2005. He still teaches part time with the Open University, and is a trustee of several local and national charities. He also spends time arranging medieval Russian church chant to English texts.
Sam Briggs - Quaker Local Faith Contact
Sam is a second year PhD student in the School of Chemistry. He came to be a regular attendee of Redland Quaker Meeting during his undergraduate studies here. He enjoys cycling, science fiction and cooking with friends.