Chaplaincy team

  • Members of the Multifaith Chaplaincy team are trained in pastoral care. We are not counsellors. We are ministers and advisers who are glad to walk alongside you in your journey through life. Whether you are struggling, celebrating, or just want to pass the time of day, our aim is to listen more than to talk.

    For students, we offer a safe place to talk things through. The Multifaith Chaplaincy is in Wellbeing, outside the academic structures. We will always lend an ear, or talk about what faith means to you. We can also advise you about other people who may be of help.

    We are also available to Brookes staff, and are willing to offer informal support in a confidential setting which is independent of managerial structures. Where appropriate, we can advise about other channels of support.

    Multifaith Chaplaincy Team

    • Louise Lloyd, Administrator Multifaith Chaplaincy
    University Chaplain at Brookes

    Rev. Kate Harford

    University Chaplain and Pastoral Care Lead

    01865 (48)4690
    chaplain@brookes.ac.uk

    Kate is a Christian priest who leads the Multifaith Chaplaincy and offers spiritual and pastoral care to any member of the university (of any or no faith). She works closely with other Chaplains to ensure that all staff and students can access the Multifaith Chaplaincy for support, and coordinates the events in the Multifaith Chaplaincy.

    Kate was ordained in November 2015 by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). She has a particular interest in interfaith dialogue, queer and intersectional feminist theology, and theologies of suffering and mental health. Before ordination Kate worked with charities for young people across the UK, homeless people in London, and LGBT+ asylum seekers within and beyond the church. Kate is a leader in Girl Guides and enjoys knitting, crochet, roller derby, and playing the flute in a concert band. She is married to Emily and they live locally with their tortoiseshell cat, Mrs. Evadne Cake.

    Kate is available for a chat, a drink or to talk through any concerns you may have. She is based in the Multifaith Chaplaincy rooms in Wellbeing, Buckley Building, and can be reached using the contact details above. You do not have to have any sort of faith or belief to use the services of the Multifaith Chaplaincy, please feel free to visit.

    Methodist Chaplain at Brookes

    Rev. Dr. Robert Bates

    Methodist Chaplain

    rgbates@brookes.ac.uk
    01865 488349

    Robert is the resident chaplain at the Harcourt Hill Campus and the Methodist Chaplain for Oxford Brookes University.

    Robert also teaches for both the Department of History/Philosophy/Religion (courses in theology and church history) and for the School of Education (as a member of the Primary English team).

    Before being ordained, Robert was a primary school teacher and headteacher, with particular interests in young children's writing development and children's literature. Within theology he is especially interested in the German churches in the twentieth century and with a special focus on the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

    Before coming to Oxford, Robert was also a hospice chaplain and he now offers some voluntary chaplaincy support to the Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice in Oxford.

    Find out what's on at Harcourt Hill or learn more about Westminster Chapel.

    Catholic Chaplain at Brookes

    Fr. Prem Fernando

    Catholic Chaplain

    01865 750463
    Prem.Fernando@brookes.ac.uk

    Reverend Dr. P. Prem Jayalath Fernando obtained his PhD in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence Systems from the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge in 2004. Besides his priestly training starting as young as the age of twelve and then obtaining the Bachelors in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Urbanian University in Rome, he also went on to specialising in Mathematics and Computing. He obtained his BSc in Mathematics and Computing from University College London, and his MSc in Industrial Mathematics in Sri Lanka. He also completed his Diploma in Education in Sri Lanka.

    He comes to Oxford Brookes University with over twenty years of wider university experience across countries and cultures, of which a good seven years of experience as a chaplain here in UK. His many research interests include areas such as ‘Machine Learning - Learning Techniques that mimic human brain’, ‘shape recognition in manifold high dimensional mappings’, ‘Discussion of faith and reason, science and religion in a secular setting’, ‘religion in the public sphere as a moral compass’ and many more. Besides his academic career and research interests, he also has broader interests such as in music, art, theatre and sports. He is in particular ready for a challenge in table tennis!

    You do not have to profess his faith or share his interests to say hi! So do drop by just when you feel or need like wanting to have a chat or just be curious! He is ready to welcome you.

    Fr. Prem is available for confessions. For more information, see the Confessions and personal meetings on the Catholic Chaplaincy page.

    Anglican Chaplain

    Rev. Shemil Mathew

    Anglican Chaplain

    smathew@brookes.ac.uk
    07388 872951

    Shemil was born and brought up in Kerala, South India. As a dyslexic, he struggles to spell his family name, Malelputhenpurackal, and therefore made his Christian name, Mathew, into his surname.

    Shemil first studied for a Bachelor's and Master's degree in English language and literature, before achieving both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in theology from the University of Gloucestershire, and then an MTh from Oxford University. He was ordained in the diocese of Peterborough and has experience of working in India and Sri Lanka. He is passionate about helping people to discern their vocations to both secular and religious roles. 

    Shemil is a vocations adviser for the diocese of Oxford. As a founding member of Anglican Minority Ethnic Network (AMEN), he is keen to increase inclusion and representation of people from a wide spectrum of identities in various strata of society. His academic interests are in theologies of religions and he is currently researching on people who belong to multiple religious traditions simultaneously. Shemil is married to Becky and they have two young children. He enjoys meeting new people and is always willing to make a cup of tea or coffee for you.

    International Chaplains

    Peter Teagle and Jonnie Green

    International Chaplain and Assistant International Chaplain

    teaglesnest@friendsinternational.org.uk
    jonnie.green@friendsinternational.uk

    Peter and Jonnie are here to offer Christian care for all international students - whether they are Christians or not. They do this primarily by working with several local churches and Brookes Christian Union to provide international student-friendly events, such as the International English Club (IEC), and the hospitality scheme. 

    Both Peter and Jonnie work at several university centres so they are not full time at Oxford Brookes University. You can find them most easily at the International English Club on Monday nights. Alternatively, you can email them. If they can help in any way, listen to your questions, or discuss matter of faith, culture or anything else, just let them know. 

    Jewish Chaplains at Brookes

    Rabbi Michael and Tracey Rosenfeld-Schueler

    Jewish Chaplains

    michael@mychaplaincy.co.uk
    tracey@mychaplaincy.co.uk

    Michael, originally from the United States, graduated from University of Wisconsin (History, Hebrew and Jewish Studies) and received smicha from Yeshivat Hamitvar. He studied and lived in Israel for eight years.

    Michael participates in local and national interfaith groups. He enjoys educating Jews and non-Jews about Jewish practice, observances, thought and philosophy. He was most recently the Rabbi for Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue where he served for nearly five years. He loves biking around Oxford, photography, rock climbing and ultimate frisbee.

    Tracey graduated from Monash University, Melbourne with a double Bachelor degree in Arts (Drama and Theatre Studies / Business Marketing). Having spent the last ten years working in the Arts, her most recent post has been as the Marketing Campaigns Manager at the Barbican Centre where she worked for five years looking after the programme for Theatre and Dance. She is passionate about student theatre, and practices mindfulness and yoga.

    Tracey has been extensively involved in Jewish youth education, and is currently undertaking the Susie Bradfield Leadership and Education Programme at the London School of Jewish Studies.

    Muslim Chaplain at Oxford Brookes

    Sheikh Ramzy

    Muslim Chaplain

    hramezanzadeh@brookes.ac.uk

    Hojjat Ramezanzadeh, known as Sheikh Ramzy, was born in the Middle East but has lived in Oxford for over 30 years. He achieved an undergraduate degree from Oxford Brookes University, and went on to complete further Islamic studies at Markfield Institute in Leicester. Sheikh Ramzy is an Islamic scholar, versed in Islamic law and jurisprudence. 

    For a number of years, Sheikh Ramzy has been working with the Muslim Council of Britain and with local, national and international religious leaders of all faiths. He established the Oxford Islamic Information Centre for the purpose of providing accurate and accessible information about Islam with a view to promoting understanding, peace and brotherhood within the local and national community.

    Sheikh Ramzy is available to any student or staff member who would like to discuss Islam - whether you share his faith or not - and he leads Friday Prayers on campus at least once a month. To contact him, please email hramezanzadeh@brookes.ac.uk.

  • Community contacts

  • Ven. Dr. Khammai Dhammasami

    Buddhist Community Contact

    oxford.k.dhammasami@googlemail.com
    01865 791591

    Ven. Dhammasami is a monk with the Oxford Buddha Vihara who is available to offer information to Buddhist staff and students, or those wanting to lean about Buddhism.

    Meditation and relaxation is offered on Wednesday lunchtimes in the Chaplaincy Room on Headington Campus (BCK.G.20).

    Dr Gyan Gopal

    Hindu Community Contact

    gyangopal@yahoo.co.uk

    Dr Gopal is the Chair of the Oxford Hindu Temple and Community Centre Project (OHTCCP). He is available to contact if you would like to know more about Hinduism or find out where to worship in Oxford.

    OHTCCP runs a lively calendar of events, open to all. Please visit their website to find out more.

    Rhonda Riachi

    Quaker Community Contact

    rhonda@riachi.free-online.co.uk

    Rhonda is a member of Headington Friends. She is available to offer information to Quaker students and staff, or to those wishing to learn more about Quakerism.

    Rhonda leads a Quaker meeting once a month as part of our regular lunchtime worship. See our Worship page for the current schedule.

    Other faiths not currently represented

    Oxford Brookes University Chaplaincy is seeking to work with all the faith groups represented in our community, to better serve the University. The Chaplaincy seeks to be a safe space for all members of the University, of all faiths and none.

    If you represent a faith group and would like to discuss how you could work with us in the Chaplaincy, please email the Chaplaincy or phone 01865 484690.

    If you are a member of the University community and would like to discuss your faith needs with a chaplain, please email the Chaplaincy or phone extension 4690.