What do we do?

Waterways Chaplains offers support to those who use and live on the UK waterways and canals. Chaplains are volunteers from local churches who regularly visit the waterways offering companionship and a listening ear to individuals and businesses.

Waterways Chaplains assissting at a foodbank

How can Waterways Chaplains help?

'Dear Chaplain, thank you so much for doing our dad proud by doing such a great service. Your words meant a lot to us. Thank you for your support, God bless, love V & B.'

Contact a Waterways Chaplain

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Want to know more? Need a listening ear?

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Meet The Team

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Mark Chester, Waterways Chaplain
Revd Mark Chester
Senior National Waterways Chaplain

07717 813682 I am a Church of England priest appointment to lead churches in Plymouth, Birmingham and Surrey.  At the same time I was in partnership with local councils, establishing

Revd Mark Chester
Lorraine Newman, Waterways Chaplain
Lorraine Newman
Senior Waterways Chaplain (London Waterways)

07703 302157

Lorraine Newman
Barbara Davis, Waterways Chaplain
Barbara Davis
Senior Waterways Chaplain (Kennet & Avon)

07792 108554 I find it a privileged to serve the people on the waterways in Christ’s name. I have owned my own narrowboat for 5

Barbara Davis
Richard Alford, Waterways Chaplain
Revd Richard Alford
Senior Waterways Chaplain (Midlands)

07702 842794 I am a URC minster who stepped down from full time ministry in 2011 but still taking services.  I now attend a Baptist

Revd Richard Alford
Revd Mark Rudall, Waterways Chaplain
Revd Mark Rudall
Senior Waterways Chaplain (Surrey & Hants)

07779 654975

Revd Mark Rudall
Morning across boats at Ware
D Nouwen
Deputy National Waterways Chaplain (Northern)

07909 149664

D Nouwen