2020 applicants

Chaplains and faith representatives

Our ‘resident’ Chaplains are:

  • Fr Mark Swires – Catholic Chaplains (Colchester)
  • Revd Dr Sara Batts-Neale – Anglican Chaplain (Colchester)

We have a number of Chaplains and faith representatives who offer their time to the Chaplaincy:

Anglican Chaplain

Revd Dr Sara Batts-Neale

Revd Dr Sara Batts-NealeBeginning this role in June 2020 means coming into the University at a time where we’re planning both online and face-to-face contact. I am looking forward to the time we are able to pray, chat and worship together. I will be based in the Faith Centre once campus is fully reopen. It is my privilege to be a source of support and listening to the Colchester campus community as we work together.

Please do contact me if you have questions on faith, hope, fear, belonging, loss, love, joy or pain – or we could just drink tea and wonder together about the beauty and strangeness of life.

Sara is also associate priest in the parishes of Wivenhoe, Greenstead and Colchester New Town and the Hythe.

Contact details

Buddhist Faith Representative


AmalaketuI am chairman of the Colchester Buddhist Centre and your local Buddhist Faith Representative.

Please feel free to contact me on any Buddhist matters. I am based at the Colchester Buddhist Centre in Colchester town centre. Visitors are always welcome.

We run beginners classes every Wednesday evening at 7.00pm – 9.30pm, meditation is on Friday 1pm – 2pm and we will be starting a new Saturday morning class at 11am – 1pm. All classes are by donation.

Contact me

  • Address: 2 Portland Road, Colchester, CO2 7EH.
  • Website
  • Facebook (Colchester Buddhist Centre)

Catholic Chaplain

Father Mark Swires 

The Catholic Chaplaincy is here to provide spiritual and pastoral care to Catholic staff and students. This includes Mass in The Faith Centre Space 1 each Sunday at 12pm. We have Mass on some weekdays and the sacrament of Confession is available.

We organise trips and social events (often in association with the Catholic Society). We are very happy to help people who would like to learn more about the Catholic faith or to explore the meaning of life. All our events are open to everyone.

Father Mark is also Parish Priest of Brightlingsea-with-Wivenhoe parish.


All events take place in The Faith Centre Space 1.

  • Talk, prayer time and refreshments Mondays 6.30pm - 9.00pm
  • Prayer Mass and lunch Tuesdays 12.30pm - 2.30pm
  • Mass The second Tuesday of the month 9pm - 12am
  • Prayer Mass, followed by snacks and speaker Thursdays 5.30pm - 7.00pm
  • Mass and lunch Sundays 11.00am - 3.30pm

Contact me

Chinese Christian Fellowship Advisers

Philip Edwards

We are a Chinese Christian group run by students. My role is Assistant Chaplain, advising the CCF committee and encouraging Chinese students in their journey of faith. The CCF objectives are to share our faith with Chinese and other people, be trained in ministry, help campus Chinese with practical needs, and help the local Chinese church and learn of opportunities of serving in Christian overseas missions.

I served in Taiwan as a missionary for 23 years, and am now a member of the Colchester Chinese Christian Church, The Salvation Army Colchester Citadel, Butt Road, Colchester, CO3 3DA.


  • Tuesdays, 4.30pm - 6pm, FC Space 1
  • Thursdays, 4pm - 5pm, FC Space 1
  • Fridays, 6pm - 9pm, FC Space 1

Congregational Chaplain

Reverend Justin J Lunniss

My role is to work alongside the chaplains and to compliment the team to provide companionship assistance, listening ear, services and bibles studies and groups in a modern free style. My faith has grown through diversity, I gave my life and service to the Lord after I had an accident at the tender age of 16 years old that confined me to being a wheelchair user. At the age of 21 years old I became a Preacher and am now a Congregational Minister.

I have been a tutor in the past and am currently studying a Theology degree so I also understand the pressures the students and staff are under. My style of worship is modern in a free church format and I will be offering these services to those that it appeals too. If you are interested in Bible studies these will also be available. Keep an eye out in the chaplaincy for dates and times.

I will be available for coffee and chats and provide confidentiality. Congregationalism is not a denomination but a way of being church. There are no hierarchy and each church is independent and autonomous. No one church is the same. I spent all my working life in the music business as a performer, session guitarist, Tutor, record studio and teaching academy owner and musical director for choirs. This experience spills into the life of the church and my way of doing things. If you want to talk music and performance and modern worship, I’m your man.

Contact me

Telephone 07540 931683

Email jlunniss@essex.ac.uk

Website www.wivenhoecongregationalchurch.org.uk

Local church address 101 High Street, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9AB

Friends International

We exist to help international students befriend one another and get to know some British residents well. We offer some events which are purely social and some which allow students of all faiths or none to investigate and discuss Christian teaching. All our events are clearly advertised so that students can choose what they would like to attend.

Friends International is really happy to meet students from any country and any or no faith background. We also provide one social activity particularly for students' female family members where they can socialise together and practise their English.

Enoch Kunarajah, Ying Ping Wong, Caroline White


  • iExplore: a Bible study group for international students: Wednesdays 3.30pm – 5.00pm
  • iWomen a group for international women: Thursdays 12.00pm – 2.30pm
  • iCafé: Thursdays 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Contact us

Greek Orthodox Chaplain

Father Alexander Haig

Father Alexander HaigFather Haig cares for the Orthodox staff and students of the University.


  • Thursdays 12 - 1pm, Quiet Space.

Contact me

Telephone 07947 047201

Email ahaig@essex.ac.uk

St Helen’s Church

Maidenburgh Street, off High Street

Colchester CO1 1UB

Jewish Chaplain

Rabbi Elazar

Rabbi Elazar is part of the University Jewish Chaplaincy which ensures that Jewish students have access to a chaplain.


Email elazar@mychaplaincy.co.uk

Further information

Methodist Chaplain

The Methodist Chaplains contribute to the life of the University, supporting the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and assisting in its work and provision for all students.

The Methodist Church cherishes its place in the Body of Christ. It is one of the largest Christian churches serving over 800,000 people in Great Britain. There are some 5,000 churches in Great Britain and Methodist churches throughout the world contribute to a worldwide membership of 80 million.

Students are welcome to contact the Methodist Chaplains by email. Alan is the Superintendent Minister of the Colchester Methodist Circuit, John is a recently retired minister who will be available from time to time on campus this year and Phil is a Local (lay) Preacher who acts as liaison for Friends International.

There are 10 Methodist Churches in the Colchester area and 18 on the Tendring peninsular. The Colchester town centre church is known as Castle Methodist Church, just off the high street, opposite the toy shop (known as ‘The Entertainer’). Alan is the minister here and also at Wivenhoe Church and Wimpole Road church, not far from the Hythe. John attends Great Bentley Church (on the way to Clacton) and Phil is a member at Wivenhoe Church - which is the nearest church to the campus and provides a helpful venue for several student activities.


  • Wednesdays, 5pm-7pm, The Faith Centre Space 1.

Contact me

Rev Alan Jenkins is the Circuit Superintendent and can be contacted via:


Quaker Chaplain

Ecky Prolingheuer

Quakerism is a way of life rooted in a transforming experience of the Divine. From this we seek to live out our principles of truth, peace, simplicity and equality, recognising that of God in everyone. Our meetings offer a place of welcome, encounter and spiritual exploration.


  • Colchester Quaker meeting house: Wednesdays at 12.30pm, Sundays at 10.30am
  • Fridays 12pm – 2pm, FC Space 1. There will be a short meeting: for worship from 12.30pm to 1.00pm on those days followed by a 'bring and share' lunch
  • Sundays 10.30pm, Colchester Quaker meeting house

You do not have to be a member to come. Quakers are not led by any priest or minister. There is no ceremony, but a silent time of united seeking for spiritual truth and light. Each person will have a unique path to follow. Anyone may feel moved to share their insights briefly with the meeting.

Contact me

Further information

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Telephone: 01206 873952