University Chaplain and Pastoral Care Lead

  • Kate Harford serves as University Chaplain and Pastoral Care Lead at Oxford Brookes University.

    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 Mulitfaith 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 on 01865 (48)4690 or chaplain@brookes.ac.uk. 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.