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. If you would like to subscribe to our newsletter, please enter your email address at the footer of our home page.

Waterways Chaplains assissting at a foodbank

How can Chaplains help you on the waterways?

"I can’t thank you all enough and my local surgery for recommending I contact you and a higher power for helping out too. I feel very privileged to have been given the help and support I’ve received when I needed it most otherwise it could have been a very different outcome. You have categorically SAVED A LIFE! God bless you all." Boater H, Buckby Locks

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Please do get on touch with us, if you need a listening ear, someone to talk to, or you are interested in finding out about becoming a Waterways Chaplain.

We look forward to hearing from you….

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Meet The Team

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Chris – National Lead
Chris – National Lead
Revd Chris Upton - National Lead Waterways Chaplain

I have been in post since July 2023 and absolutely love it! Contact email : chris.upton@waterwayschaplaincy.org.uk 07842415297

Chris – National Lead
Howie – Lead North
Howie – Lead North
Howie Pickering - Lead Waterways Chaplain- North

I serve as Pastor of a small community of faith called God’s Garage as well as being a part of Longriders Christian Motorcycle Club; both

Howie – Lead North
Mark- Lead South
Mark- Lead South
Mark Macaulay - Lead Waterways Chaplain - South

I am an ordained Baptist minister and have just taken up this new and exciting role. Contact Number : 07594868724

Mark- Lead South
Lorraine Newman, Waterways Chaplain
Lorraine – South East
Lorraine Newman - Senior Waterways Chaplain - South East

I am a retired teacher and have had the privilege of serving as a Waterways Chaplain since 2012. I live with my husband Mike in a village

Lorraine – South East
Mike – North Midlands
Mike – North Midlands
Mike Alexander -Senior Waterways Chaplain for North Midlands

Mike is the Senior Chaplain for the North Midlands Hub 07535138314

Mike – North Midlands
David – Derbyshire and Peak District
David – Derbyshire and Peak District

David lives in Buxton, on the edge of the Peak District. Call him on 07486889322 David currently works for two secular mental health charities and is a Mental Health First-Aider. He previously spent four years in full time Church of England ministry, and two years undertaking theological training. Prior to that he spent 15 years as an Engineering Geologist, which sometimes involved inspecting canal embankments for defects. As such Waterways Chaplaincy represents something of a return to old ways for him, but in a rather different capacity.

David – Derbyshire and Peak District
Helen Bowes
Helen – Staffordshire
Helen Bowes- Senior Waterways Chaplain- Staffordshire

Helen lives just by the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stone, Staffordshire and can be seen daily walking her two dogs along the towpath.  She

Helen – Staffordshire
Fergus – Central
Fergus – Central
Fergus McCloghry - Senior Waterways Chaplain - Central Hub

Fergus is the Senior WWC Responsible for the Central Hub 

Fergus – Central
Sallyann – East Anglia Rivers
Sallyann – East Anglia Rivers
Sallyann Ford - Senior Waterways Chaplain - East Anglia Rivers Hub

Sallyann is the Senior WWC Responsible for the East Anglia Rivers Hub. I Live in Ely and on our boat half of the time. I’m

Sallyann – East Anglia Rivers
Charles – Severn & Avon
Charles – Severn & Avon
Charles Garven - Senior Waterways Chaplain - Severn and Avon Hub

Charles is the Senior WWC Responsible for the Severn and Avon Hub. 

Charles – Severn & Avon
David – London
David – London
Rev David Howling - Senior Waterways Chaplain - London Hub

David is the Senior WWC Responsible for the London Hub  “I am a Baptist Minister currently serving in a pioneering context amongst leisure boaters and

David – London
Pip – Kennet & Avon
Pip – Kennet & Avon
Pip Sanday- Senior Waterways Chaplain - Kennet and Avon Hub 07827 348686

Pip is the Senior WWC Responsible for the Kennet & Avon Hub  Pip is currently doing CMS certificate in Pioneer Mission. Wife, Mum, Grandma and

Pip – Kennet & Avon
Sally – North East
Sally – North East
Sally Davies - Senior Waterways Chaplain - North East Hub

Sally is the Senior WWC Responsible for the North East Hub.  She works at Sheffield Cathedral and also serves as a Church of England Reader.

Sally – North East
Kenny – West Midlands
Kenny – West Midlands
Kenny Frost - Senior Waterways Chaplain - West Midlands Hub

Kenny Frost is the Senior WWC Responsible for the West Midlands Hub. 

Kenny – West Midlands
Mike – Norfolk Broads
Mike – Norfolk Broads
Mike Cadman - Senior Waterways Chaplain - Broads Hub

Mike Cadman is the Senior WWC Responsible for the Broads Hub. 

Mike – Norfolk Broads