The chaplaincy development project is initially in a pilot stage. The team is small. Our dream is to see more and more specialists resourcing and supporting chaplaincy all over the world, a growing community of thoughtful practitioners.
Robert Jones joined the Connexional Team in September 1996 as HE Chaplaincy Co-ordinator and Convenor of the Connexional HE Committee. In 2005 he became Coordinator of the Education Cluster and the Chaplaincy Cluster. From March 2007, he was a member of the Transitional Planning Group as part of the Team Focus process and from September 2007, became Co-ordinator of Policy Development within TFIG.
In September 2008 he became Chaplaincies Coordinator and Secretary to the Forces Board retaining management links to what has become the Chaplaincies Sub-cluster within Discipleship and Ministries.
He is a presbyter and has served in the Romford and Kingston upon Thames Circuits and as Chaplain of Southlands College within Roehampton University. In a former life Robert was a commercial manager.
My background is in social work and the NHS. Most recently, I ran my own business consulting and advising on major government projects. My Christian faith is expressed through involvement in and leadership of local churches. I am a member of Horfield Methodist Church, Bristol and a Local Preacher in the Methodist Church of Great Britain, leading worship across Bristol & South Gloucestershire.
I am a Chaplaincy Development Officer focused on the Methodist District of Lancashire during the Pilot Project year. I have the privilege of being able to experience so many inspiring expressions of chaplaincy across England. I am seeking to share and grow the vision of chaplaincy as mission ‘without walls’ that can nourish the growth of churches and the discipleship of the people of God.
Whenever I get the chance I head for wilderness areas and mountain landscapes to walk. I am an avid follower of many sports and a fanatical supporter of the Canaries of Norwich City Football Club. Those who have to put up with me most are Jane, my wife, Ben, my son and Jenny and Kate, my daughters.
Jonathan has a background in church planting, especially with 18-45’s in an urban context. Formerly a pastor in the Vineyard movement of churches, he was on the ministerial team at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster for five years. After a year’s sabbatical he joined the Connexional Team of the Methodist Church of Great Britain as Chaplaincy Development Officer based mainly in the South of England.
Jonathan is also a songwriter and worship leader as well as a writer and speaker. He is deeply committed to a generous orthodoxy, creative approaches to worship and innovative practice.