The Chaplaincy Assistants
Each year we have two Chaplaincy Assistants who work as part of the team. Chaplaincy Assistants are usually considering a call to ordination and spend a year with us as part of the discernment process. They work alongside the Chaplains and are responsible for many of the day to day practical tasks in the Chaplaincy.
Our Assistants for 2012-13 are Sebastian Harries and Dan Barnes-Davies.
Seb grew up in Oxford and went on to read Music at the University of Manchester. After finishing university he went off to volunteer with the Iona Community on the Isle of Iona, Scotland. He then went on to spend time living alongside the Benedictine community at Mucknell Abbey, Worcestershire.
Seb is never happier than when out in the natural world, climbing up a hill or a mountain. He also loves singing, acting and cycling in the countryside.
Sebastian is based in the chaplaincy common room at the Strand and over the bridge at Waterloo.
Dan grew up near Chelmsford and refused to grow up further in Southampton, where he read Philosophy from 2006 until 2009. He then managed to stay there for another two years, as intern at Highfield Church and then a trainee teacher, before returning to Essex.
He describes himself as an inclusive churchman (or perhaps churchperson), gentleman philosopher (although he seldom gets time for philosophy these days) and incorrigible geek (Doctor Who, Firefly, Dollhouse etc.) Dan is a devoted member of the Student Christian Movement (coming soon to London!) and is exploring his calling to the Anglican priesthood.
Dan is unmarried and has no children, no pets of his own and no doctorate. He lives in the community at St Peter's, Vauxhall and loves to meet up with his friends (far-flung as they are.)
Dan is based south of the river at the Guy's and Denmark Hill campuses.