Meet the chaplains

Our chaplains are volunteers who undertake a range of ministry across the Diocese of Oxford. Our chaplains are lay and ordained and of diverse sexualities.

Each chaplain receives regular training and supervision and is subject to enhanced DBS checks. An oversight group, chaired by the Archdeacon of Buckingham, supports the service and engages with national and local developments in this area.

Watch the short film below, which features some of our chaplains, and scroll down this page for a brief biography of every chaplain. When you’re ready to get in touch with one of them, fill in this confidential form.

Our chaplains are volunteers who undertake a range of ministry across the Diocese of Oxford. Our chaplains are lay and ordained and of diverse sexualities.

Each chaplain receives regular training and supervision and is subject to enhanced DBS checks. An oversight group, chaired by the Archdeacon of Buckingham, supports the service and engages with national and local developments in this area.

Scroll down this page for a brief biography of every chaplain. You can also watch a brief film featuring some of the chaplains on our YouTube channel. When you’re ready to get in touch with one of them, fill in this confidential form.

A service for everyone

The LGBTI+ Chaplaincy Service is for and welcomes everyone from across the church spectrum and all theological understandings. Our chaplains have been chosen because they have shown the requisite gifts and aptitudes to support people according to our chaplaincy model. Please take a moment to watch the introductory film and to read each persons bio prior to contacting a chaplain.

Revd Judith Sumner

Judith is part of the ministry team at Reading Minster. She believes that each and every person is precious to God and each and every person’s story matters. Judith is committed to listening and being alongside others on their journey. She is available for chaplaincy in Reading on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.

Revd Jonny Dade

Jonny is a church-planter based in High Wycombe. He is rooted within the charismatic-evangelical tradition of the Church and his pastoral care is guided by an orthodox interpretation of the Bible on issues of gender and sexuality. He can offer daytime availability Tuesday-Thursday, and some evenings by prior arrangement.

Revd Margaret Whipp

Margaret is an experienced Anglican priest and spiritual director based in the Oxford area. “My generation has seen profound shifts in awareness of diverse human sexualities, with a growing humility and compassion about what it means to be truly inclusive.” From her experience as a theological educator and chaplain to universities and hospitals, she hopes to offer a genuine welcome to anyone exploring these pastoral concerns. She is usually available afternoons and early evenings.

James Lawbuary

James is a proud member of the LGBTI+ community. He has worked for a number of years in creating affirming, safe spaces for young people in both faith settings and secular environments. He is available at weekends.

Revd Serena Tajima

Serena is currently serving her final year as a curate in Reading and will soon take up an incumbency elsewhere in the Diocese. For the last three years, Serena has been working as a chaplain to a musical theatre college, offering pastoral support to young people between the ages of 16-21 on a weekly basis. At the forefront of her faith is the belief that we are are all equally and wonderfully made by God and therefore all loved by God with no exceptions. She is currently available on Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. She has a dog, Bertie, who is often with her, so do let her know that you’re ok with dogs if you’re planning to meet.

Revd Rob Glenny

Rob is a vicar of three parishes just to the south of Oxford. Rob will be joining the chaplaincy team after Easter.

Revd Ross Meikle

Ross is a gay priest serving the Diocese of Oxford as a curate in the benefice of Witney. He has experience of many different church traditions from throughout his life and has personally wrestled with the Bible, theology and the fear of not feeling safe in a community because of his sexuality. He is available during working hours most days and also some evenings.

Revd. April Beckerleg

April is an Anglican priest in Bicester. For the past few years, she has been supporting Christians whose family members are LGBTI+, discussing issues of love and protection, how this affects their attitudes to faith, the Bible and church tradition. She is usually available Monday – Wednesday during the day, and also some evenings if that is more convenient.