Chaplains

ROBIN FISHWICK

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Robin Fishwick first came to Emmanuel Church as a member of its choir in 1979. He was a Roman Catholic back then and became a Quaker in 1989, so he knows something about ecumenical diversity. He is the senior Quaker Chaplain and currently Co-ordinating Chaplain.

As well as Breathe, Robin is also involved in Unity Events and the Inspired Music Nights. Robin is also a keen environmentalist, a singer, songwriter, musician and ceilidh caller.

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r.fishwick@leeds.ac.uk

0113 343 5073

MATT WARD

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Matt is an Anglican chaplain. He has been part of the university chaplaincy since 2005. He can often be found around the Emmanuel centre and is always happy to stop and chat with people. 

As well as being the lead chaplain for the University of Leeds, he leads Emmanuel Café Church on Sunday evenings. 

Matt is really interested in how people belong to a community and recently completed a doctorate at Durham University that looked at how recent graduates seek and find belonging in churches when they move to new places. 

Away from the university he enjoys the outdoors, whether it’s walking in the hills or paddling his homemade canoe.

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0113 343 5070

m.ward@leeds.ac.uk

MELVIN KELLY

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“I joined the Chaplaincy team as Methodist Chaplain in September 2016.

Originally a solicitor, I joined the church, became ordained and moved to the sea-side town of Bridlington. For 21 years, I was the minister of churches in Bridlington then Ormskirk and I served in the Multifaith Chaplaincy at Edge Hill University.

As a chaplain, I’m always ready for a chat – about anything! I offer pastoral care to students and staff and encourage them to explore faith, spirituality and worship. Chaplaincy offers a perfect setting for building relationships between people of different faith traditions or none and exploring unity, peace, justice and love.

I love to do origami, which is acknowledged as an effective practice for mindfulness and wellbeing. I am married to Karen, have three grown-up children and five grandchildren and am kept busy by my eleven-year-old daughter.”

Leeds Beckett Headingley campus, PRG07a

melvyn.kelly@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

0113 812 2010

PETER KRAVOS

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“I am the Catholic chaplain, based at St Marks Avenue. I was born in Wakefield, bred in Leeds and my parents and family are from Slovenia. I went to university in Durham and Ottawa, and I have been a Catholic priest since 1990.

I live and work at the Catholic chaplaincy, where there is a centre for group activities, a student residence and a chapel – you can get detailed information from www.uilcc.org. My years at university were some of the highlights of my life and so I love working at the university and in particular accompanying, supporting & befriending so many remarkable people, students & staff, from the perspective of our own faith and that of so many others. Otherwise, I also love running, hiking, travelling, exploring heritage & wildlife sites, real ale, and can watch football for hours on end.”

Catholic Chaplaincy, 5-7 St Mark’s Avenue, off Woodhouse Lane.

p.kravos@leeds.ac.uk or uilcc@uilcc.org.uk

0113 243 8363

LAURENCE PUSEY

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Laurence is our longest serving chaplain and indeed has been working in Leeds University mission since coming to the city in 1974 with Agapé – a group which specialises in outreach to universities.

Helping with the International Student Club is a main part of his work and this has led to mission trips to Uganda and Nigeria.

Laurence trained in Fine Art and a painting by him of the Yorkshire Regiment can be seen in the Leeds Civic Hall.   You can find his web site by googling his name.

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l.pusey@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

0113 343 7516

ANNA S

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Anna has been the International Students Chaplain since 2012. Having lived and worked cross-culturally for many years, she loves meeting people from different cultures and experiencing new things. As a Texan living in Britain, she knows well how strange and exciting it can be to live far from home and loves to support others in their cross-cultural journey.

Anna loves travel, singing with the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and enjoying time in nature with her little dog, Chico. Join her in the International Students Club on Wednesday evenings or around the uni during the week. Off campus or on, she is always available for a cup of coffee, a good laugh and a long chat.

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a.spiegel@leeds.ac.uk

0113 3437518

KIM CHAN

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Hi, I am Kim, a Chinese person born in Malaysia and living in England. I love life and like travelling. I have been to quite a few places in the world and have been in UK since I came from Malaysia as a student. I understand the longing for adventure and finding out more about life.

I have been settled in England for a number of years, bringing up my children and grandchildren with my husband Johnny. I have also worked in a few different organisations so I know the culture of the British as well as the culture of S.E. Asia.  I love to make new friends, so I am looking forward to meeting you at the Chaplaincy or somewhere in the campus.

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k.y.f.chan@leeds.ac.uk

0113 343 7518

DAVID GILL

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Father David has had a career in medicine, having been a physician in Tanzania and a consultant psychiatrist in Nottingham. David was ordained in the Anglican Church in 1981, subsequently becoming an Orthodox priest, a position he has enjoyed for 22 years.

David follows the Russian tradition of the Orthodox Church but welcomes people of all traditions to liturgy as well as those wanting to learn about faith.

David is available in Leeds for face-to face meetings during the second weekend of every month except July and August. Members of his congregation in Leeds are very happy to support Orthodox members of the universities’ communities at other times.

frdgill@btinternet.com

0115 962 2351

JOHNNY CHAN

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“After working as a general and psychiatric nurse, I studied Dentistry at the University of Leeds in 1972. After one year in Leeds, I made the most important discovery of my life and was converted to Christianity. I stayed on in Leeds and helped to develop the Chinese Christian Fellowship after my graduation. After working 20 years as a dentist I served the Chinese church in Leeds as their first pastor.

Over 15 years ago my wife Kim and I began to be involved in the university chaplaincy work in Leeds.”

kimjohnnychan@yahoo.co.uk

0113 343 5071

ERIC SUEN

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I arrived in the UK to study in 1990 when I was a teenager.  First I was in Bradford then the University of Leeds so I am an alumni.  Though we are different in age, still our life journeys probably have many things in common. I speak Mandarin, Cantonese and English.

e.suen@leeds.ac.uk

0113 343 5071

EMMA TEMPLE

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Emma is the student outreach worker for the Universities Chaplaincy. She leads student activities and projects and is here to help students find a home here in the chaplaincy. A philosophy graduate from Leeds University, she knows what the student experience is like here, and is always on hand for a cup of tea and a chat about life, the universe and everything. Come and say hello!

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e.temple@leeds.ac.uk

0113 3435072

BETHANY POLSON

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Bethany Polson serves as the International Students Intern under Anna, the International Students Chaplain. She is available to assist both international and home students with any issues they are having, learning English, or if they just need a friend. Hailing from Texas, USA, Bethany understands what it’s like to live away from the country you call home and far from family support. Feel free to reach out to her with any questions you might have, if you need a hug, or if you want to talk about dogs.

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b.polson@leeds.ac.uk

0113 343 5072

RICHARD LEVITT

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Richard is the assistant Quaker chaplain. He is new to university chaplaincy but has previously worked as a hospital chaplain whilst also performing the role of a night porter.

Richard’s family originates in Leeds and the Vale of York. He has studied in universities in the south of England then returned home to care for his elderly parents. He continues to extend his learning through summer schools and extensive reading.

Richard enjoys conversation, walking and trying out art projects.

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r.levitt@leeds.ac.uk

0113 343 7516