Who can be a chaplain?

Back view of Hinkley Point chaplain looking out over the site

All sorts of people from all backgrounds and walks of life are called by God to be chaplains. Chaplaincy can be a full time or a part-time role. It can be paid or voluntary and can be fulfilled by lay and ordained alike.

There is no blueprint for what makes a good chaplain, but all of our chaplains share some of the following criteria and characteristics:

  • A person who is confident in his or her faith
  • Willing to serve the 95 per cent who don’t have regular contact with our places of worship
  • A listener and pastor
  • A collaborative team member
  • A creative pioneer
  • Aged between 18 and 80+

Who can be a Chaplain?

All sorts of people from all backgrounds and walks of life are called by God to be chaplains. Chaplaincy can be a full time or a part-time role. It can be paid or voluntary and can be fulfilled by lay and ordained alike.

There is no blueprint for what makes a good chaplain, but all of our chaplains share some of the following criteria and characteristics:

  • A person who is confident in his or her faith
  • Willing to serve the 95% who don’t have regular contact with our places of worship
  • A listener and pastor
  • A collaborative team member
  • A creative pioneer
  • Aged between 18 and 80+

Elizabeth Alden, Chaplain at Kings of Wessex Academy, Cheddar

How do I become a Chaplain?

First take time to pray and talk with people you know and trust in your local faith community. If you believe God is calling you to a chaplaincy role, or if you are considering setting up a chaplaincy in your school, workplace, organisation or community contact Mike Haslam, our Chaplaincy Development Adviser. 

Who to contact

Mike Haslam, Chaplaincy Development Adviser

Allie White, Chaplaincy Administrator