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?

"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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Meet The Team

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

I am a Church of England priest appointment to lead churches in Plymouth, Birmingham and Surrey. Prior to the priesthood I was a regular army officer and …..

Revd Mark Chester
Barbara Davis Lead Waterways Chaplain-North
Barbara Davis
Lead Waterways Chaplain- North 07792 108554

I have found it a privileged to serve people on the waterways in Christ’s name since 2013. I have owned my own narrow boat for…..

Barbara Davis
Sarah Hayes Lead Waterways Chaplain- South
Revd Sarah Hayes
Lead Waterways Chaplain -South 07878 455644

I am an ordained Church of England minister, most recently Vicar of a church in Woking, Surrey. Before that I was for many years a…

Revd Sarah Hayes
Lorraine Newman, Waterways Chaplain
Lorraine Newman
Senior Waterways Chaplain - London and South East

Contact Number : 07703 302157

Lorraine Newman
Richard Alford, Waterways Chaplain
Revd Richard Alford
Senior Waterways Chaplain - West Midlands

I am a URC minister who stepped down from full time ministry in 2011 but still taking services. Contact Number : 07702 842794

Revd Richard Alford
Tina Osborne, Waterways Chaplain
Tina Osborne
Senior Waterways Chaplain - Surrey & Hants

Contact Number : 07747 600001

Tina Osborne
Martin Buck Senior Waterways Chaplain North West
Martin Buck
Senior Waterways Chaplain - North West

I am a Parishioner in my home village of Tarporley. I have been boating since 1966 and both my wife Fiona and I are retired….

Martin Buck
Revd Pat Willis Senior Waterways Chaplain
Revd Pat Willis
Senior Waterways Chaplain Kennet & Avon

I am a Church of England priest, now retired from full time ministry as an incumbent in Bristol. Before ordination I was a nurse working as ……

Revd Pat Willis
Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke
Senior Waterways Chaplain - Lancashire Hub

I am a Church of England priest currently serving as a non-stipend curate in the Diocese of Liverpool.  I run my own small business ……

Steve Clarke
Revd Mike Bridgewater
Revd Mike Bridgewater
Senior Waterways Chaplain - Staffordshire Hub

I am a self supporting priest within the Church of England and have worked as a community development worker for many years in Stoke …..

Revd Mike Bridgewater