Sarah Chapman

Chaplain of The Living Well

The Rev’d Sarah Chapman writes:-

sarahchapmanI was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1955. I came to a living faith in Jesus Christ at my confirmation in 1969. I am married to Giles, a recently retired solicitor who specialised in Social Housing. We have two children, Mark (30) who is married with one 18 month old son and Ruth (28) who is getting married this September. I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1977 specialising in Mental Health. I was licensed as a reader in 1983 whilst living in a small village on the western edge of Chichester Diocese. I trained for ordained ministry through SDMTS and was ordained Deacon in Chichester in 1989 and licensed as Curate in a village benefice. Subsequently I was ordained Priest in the Chichester Diocese in 1994, and was appointed Curate at Easebourne, which included the chaplaincy at King Edward VII Hospital at Midhurst. During this period I was the first woman to celebrate communion in Chichester Cathedral. I was appointed Vicar of Sheet in the Portsmouth Diocese in 1996 and moved to Bitterne Park, Southampton in 2002, where I have been a training incumbent and a bishop’s Examining Chaplain. I served on General Synod for the Diocese of Winchester from 2003 – 2010.

I qualified as a spiritual director and retreat leader in the Ignation tradition in 1998, following a 3 year course at Margaret Street in London. I firmly believe in the importance of the healing ministry, and this continues. I was a regular member of the invited team at Acorn Healing Trust at Bordon and have worked with the director, Revd. Dr. Russ Parker.

I have always had an interest in the Healing Ministry and have been part of the team in the churches where I have been. Both churches where I have served had well established healing services and these have flourished over the years. In 2011 I had a 3 month sabbatical, which gave me the opportunity to study the healing stories in the Bible. I also spent some time with Revd. Dr Russ Parker in USA, where I travelled with Russ and prayed and spoke in a variety of settings and situations. I have recently completed a piece of work on behalf of the Acorn Healing Trust in the Diocese of Lichfield bringing a church to a new place of Healing from its wounded history.

I am very excited about the prospect of being at The Living Well and look forward to meeting you all in the weeks and months ahead.

Sarah’s email address at The Living Well is chaplain@the-living-well.org.uk

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