Christian chaplains and advisers

Find the contact details of the chaplains and advisers of different denominations within the Christian chaplaincy.


Reverend Jeremy Clines: University Co-ordinating Chaplain

Phone: +44 114 222 4098

Jeremy is Sheffield-born - though in voluntary exile from 1991 until 2010 - and of colonial-Australian and Arab-Jewish descent.

Jeremy particularly enjoys working with people of all ages, backgrounds, identities and perspectives whatever their religion or belief or if they have no religion or belief.

He thinks there is great value in letting people tell their story, so as to allow meaning to surface even where there may only seem, on first glance, to be futility.

He is available to meet with students, staff and alumni: you can book, via email, to see him or simply come during his open-access hours 12h-13h and 1330h-14h on Mondays and Fridays during semester time.

Having served as Anglican Chaplain from 2010 to 2019, Jeremy is now the coordinating chaplain and is an ordained priest.

Jeremy has a varied academic profile. He is a member of SIIBS and is involved in the following topic and project areas in relation to religion, Church and worship:

  • ecotheology, eco-liturgy, environmentalism and faith
  • Leadership, Religion and Society and Faiths in HE Chaplaincy
  • liberating theologies of all shapes and sizes
  • storying, LGBT+ identities and the Church
  • Christian relationships with Belief, No Belief, Religious Movements and World Religions
  • spiritual accompaniment, spiritual story-telling and Godly Play
  • spiritual development and spiritual wellbeing

His presentations, papers and professional practice have an emphasis in HE Chaplaincy.

Jeremy is also a director of Sheffield Phoenix Press and Eco Family Travel and a trustee of the Sir Henry Stephenson Endowment Trust and assists the Anglican Chaplaincy Trust (University of Sheffield).

Jeremy has written some new Collects and Post Communion prayers for the liturgical year.

Jeremy tweets too: Jeremy Clines (@latequartet) on Twitter.

His personal interests include: friends and family; bread-making; cycling; peace, justice and environmentalism; playing the double bass and rowing. He is married to Louise and they have two young children.

Reverend Sabine Tenge-Heslop


Hello from Sabine!  I have been living in the UK for over 12 years, teaching German at Durham University, from which I have now retired.  Last year, I joined the team at the BNBR-Life Centre at The University of Sheffield, and I really enjoy the encounters with a diverse student & staff body here.  There is so much to learn from each other!

I am an Anglican priest, and I work, mainly remotely, as a volunteer.  It is great to work with such a dedicated and inspirational team, and to engage in such a variety of things, e.g. worship, pastoral care, craft activities, walks, campus vigils, and much, much more. 

In my free time, I like walking, bird watching, and gardening – it is very satisfying to eat your own organic food from the garden.  I love travelling, especially to my home country Germany, to visit my two grown-up children. 

I am very happy to meet online for a chat with students and staff: You will always find a non-judgemental, compassionate ear!

Shelley Johnston


Too fond of chocolate for my own good, keeper of too many animals to be considered sensible, AuDHD, mother of several neurodiverse children and wife of a university academic. I am a lay minister in the Anglican church with a deep interest in helping people to know Gods love for themselves and for others.

I am interested in disability theology, and enjoy anything that puts the Bible in context and helps it make sense.

Deacon Jackie Wright


Hello to you all. I’m Jackie Wright, I am an ordained Deacon in the Methodist Church.

My background is in Special Education in Birmingham, where I was predominantly working with children on the Autistic Spectrum for 20 years until I felt called into ministry.

I have been living here in Sheffield for just a year now, having been in the Lindisfarne Methodist Circuit in Northumberland for the previous five years.  My ministry here in Sheffield is based at Victoria Hall City Centre Methodist Church and also working out in the wider community with those who feel they are on the margins of church or
society, with the other City Centre Churches and groups.

I have recently taken on a role with Sheffield Street Pastors once a month. I hadn’t realised just how many people are still out and partying at 3am in the morning…Must be getting old!

I look forward to meeting you at various events and if you ever need a chat.

Father Lee Marshall: Associate Chaplain, Roman Catholic


St Vincent's Mission Hub
Solly Street
S1 4DE
Telephone: +44 791 229 0687


BNBR Life Centre
The Octagon Centre
Western Bank
S10 2TQ

Hi, my name is Fr Lee, I’m a Catholic Priest and my ministry is dedicated to students and other young adults. Whether you’re a Catholic living in Sheffield, curious about the faith, or simply want a chat, I’d be delighted to meet you.

The Universities Catholic Chaplaincy is located at St Vincent’s MissionHub, Solly Street, Sheffield, S1 4DE. The chaplaincy has a café, large chapel, student hub with kitchen, study areas and lots more!

We are also home to the Catholic Student Society and we'd love to invite you to join us for Mass, socials, Praise and Worship evenings, Adoration, and most importantly a lot of fun! All are welcome!

Check out our website and you’ll find all our social media links there too.

Father Edwin Hunt: Associate Chaplain, Eastern Orthodox

Telephone: +44 124 627 5141

Fr. Edwin is an English priest of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople within the archdiocese of parishes of the Russian tradition in Western Europe.

He serves the Divine Liturgy in the crypt of Sheffield Cathedral usually on the first Saturday of each month. Our services are mainly in English. Confessions may be heard before the Liturgy or by arrangement.

Each Sunday (excepting the one following a Liturgy in Sheffield) the Divine Liturgy is served in The Eyre Chapel, Chesterfield at 10.30 (usually preceded by Matins).

The Eyre Chapel is easily accessible from Sheffield by train and bus. See directions on the website:

Greek, Romanian and Russian students and families resident in Sheffield come regularly to Chesterfield. For further information please contact Father Edwin on 01246 275141

Father Edwin is married with three daughters and five grandsons. He read Classics at Durham University, taught Latin and Greek at Westfield Campus, Sheffield, and English at Netherthorpe School in Staveley. He was chaplain for many years amongst people with learning disabilities. He plays the piano and pipe organ.

He lives in Chesterfield but can be contacted at any time in an emergency. Usually it is best to phone in order to find a mutually convenient time to meet at the Chaplaincy.

Reverend Joel Bindanda: Associate Chaplain, Pentecostal

Mobile: +44 794 384 4594

I am African, precisely from Democratic Republic of Congo. I have been living in Sheffield since 2001.

Before arriving here, I was in Africa and worked as a missionary in various English and French speaking countries such as: Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Cote d’ivoire, Togo, Niger, and Congo Brazza-ville. I am bilingual and am able to support English and French speaking students.

I have a certificate in Pastoral care from Cliff College. Further, I am a Sheffield University alumnus, graduated from the Biblical Studies department (completed a BA in Biblical Studies). I also studied European Gender Studies from this University.

Over 14 years I have been working with Africans from black minority ethnic background in this city as a community leader, helping the integration of local migrants into the British main stream society.

I am a senior Pastor of a Pentecostal Church “Mahanaim Christian Centre” based in Victoria Hall right in the heart of Sheffield city centre. I have a significant experience in mission, church planting, leadership teachings, prayer and evangelism.

I can be contacted by email ( or via Facebook, or through the BNBR Life Centre.

Professor Tamara Hervey: Anglican/Catholic Adviser

Phone:tel: +44 114 222 6723

Tammy is the daughter of a Hungarian refugee and an Anglican (woman) priest. Tammy's partner and their two children are practising Catholics, and Tammy now worships at St Francis Roman Catholic Church, where she has been involved in many aspects of parish life, including young people's developing faith, and peace & justice. Among Tammy's extended family are people who identify as bi; trans; and non-binary. Tammy is a professor of European law, and one of her interests is equality law. She is a Friend of the Student Christian Movement and served on its General Council in the 1980s.

Read more about Tammy

Anna Padget


Anna is a teacher with strong interest in inclusion in the broadest sense.
Anna is Polish and she moved to the UK in 2006. She understands the impact Brexit has on personal lives of staff and students alike.
Originally Catholic, she now attends St Mark's in Broomhill, an inclusive and liberal Anglican church.  She is part of Open Sheffield, which aims to provide a safe, welcoming space to LGBT+ Christians in Sheffield.  Anna has a good understanding of intersectionality within the faith context and beyond, including the autistic spectrum and gender identity.

Jean Russell: United Reformed Church Adviser

Phone: +44 114 222 3098

Hello, I am Jean Russell, the URC Religious Advisor and an Elder at St Andrew’s URC Sheffield.

During the week I work in CICS (Corporate Information and Computing Services) providing research support to researchers who are using statistical or qualitative data analysis packages in the University.

On evenings and weekends I am in the final stages of finishing a PhD on the ways URC congregations sustain their identities at the University of Birmingham.

I arrived in Sheffield twenty years ago and have now stayed here twice as long as I have stayed anywhere else.

The URC is a denomination created by the merger of different strands of the Reformed tradition. As such we are a mix between Churches of Christ, Presbyterianism and Congregationalism. What that means is worked out in each local context. However to an outsider we are distinguishable by our tendency to paint things blue, go on walks and sell orange marmalade!

If you would like to know more, I am happy to chat or put you in contact with a local congregation (not just my own).

Raymond Heng: Chinese Christian Adviser

Email :
Phone : +44 771 113 7744

Professor Dr Raymond Heng graduated from Sheffield University in 1971 and with his wife, Ivy, started Christian ministry amongst Chinese students in the University in 1972 in the frontroom of their own home.

This is now established in the Sheffield Chinese Christian Church (SCCC) located in Anns Road, Heeley, and Watson Road, Broomhill.

He has been an academic for over forty years and taught in both local universities as well as overseas, and has lived in Sheffield since 1968, having met and married Ivy here. They have two sons and daughters in law and three grandsons all living in the Yorkshire and Humberside area.

He has previously participated in several city-wide Christian events in Sheffield including the Billy Graham Crusade, the Luis Palau Crusade etc, and has served in the Chaplaincy team in Sheffield Hallam University.

He continues to serve as SCCC Church Council Chairman and Trustee as well as participate actively in missions and on the Council of the Chinese Overseas Christian Mission. He is also a Trustee of the Sheffield Evangelical Trust and a supporter of the Gideon ministry amongst others.

He also initiated the Sheffield Chinese Community Centre and was previously Chairman of its Management Committee and involved in community liaison with local health, police and fire regulatory groups.

Andi Phillips: Unitarian and Free Christian Adviser

Phone: +44 746 753 1322

Unitarians are spiritual seekers, diverse in opinion, who form a loving community around the common search for truth.

I am the Minister of Upper Chapel (on Norfolk Street near the Crucible) and am happy to support students across a broad range of non-dogmatic faith perspectives including, but not limited to, liberal Christianity and religious humanism.

In my previous career (pre-2017) I was an academic with a STEM subject background and so am familiar with many aspects of present day Higher Education. I am also currently transitioning gender (she/they) and am happy to talk with LGBTQ+ individuals at the intersection of faith and gender/sexuality.

If anyone wishes to know more about the Unitarians, please contact me on 07467 531322.

Rob Barnett: BNBR Life Centre Assistant

Telephone: +44 114 222 4221

My role is a mix of online communications (including social media), facilitating groups and events (like Religion & Belief Tandem Learning) and welcoming people to the BNBR Life Centre. 

I have worked at the Centre since 2018. Prior to that I worked for 10 years as a Sports Journalist for the Press Association. I mainly reported on cricket, rugby, golf and football.

For most of my time as a Sports Journalist I lived in York where I enjoyed varied volunteering. This included supporting international students and mentoring British students. I also helped on several Alpha courses and was a Street Angel for six years.

I now live in Sheffield with my wife and son. We have a small white Cockapoo dog called Lola. I enjoy walking Lola, running, cycling, playing cricket and watching sport.

I studied History at the University of York and Journalism during a postgraduate year at the University of Central Lancashire. I grew up in and around Cambridge.

You can find me on X/Twitter @robbarnett82. Feel free to look me up in the BNBR Life Centre for a chat and hot drink! 

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