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New Chaplain joins University

Released: 21.01.15

Reverend Nicholas Griffin joined the University of St Mark & St John this week in a prestigious ceremony led by the Bishop of Exeter.

The Right Reverend Robert Atwell of Exeter Cathedral led the service on Monday 19 January as the new Chaplain, Reverend Nicholas Griffin was welcomed by members of the Clergy, the local community, students, staff and visitors from Nicholas’ church in Frome.

Bishop Robert said: “I’m thrilled and delighted by Nick’s appointment as he brings with him a wealth of experience to the role, particularly around working with young people.”

Reverend Duncan Myers, National HE Advisor for the Church of England Archbishop’s Council Education Division added: “Nick’s arrival at the University marks an important new chapter in the life of the Chaplaincy and the University as a whole. The Christian foundation of this University is a distinctive offer to students of the region and beyond.”

Reverend Griffin joins the University from Frome, where he worked as a Curate in Holy Trinity Church working with teenagers and young people in the community. He previously worked with homeless young people at Bridgwater YMCA. With a degree at Moorlands College, a Masters degree from Oxford, he is currently researching a PhD at Kings College London.

Nicholas said: “I am honoured to serve this historic and vibrant University as the new chaplain and can’t wait to get stuck into life here in Plymouth. I have been overwhelmed by the welcome from staff, students and the local churches and pray that the Chaplaincy Centre might be a sanctuary for all.”

“This role allows me to use my 15 years of experience in leading work with young people alongside my academic interests in Theology and I am genuinely excited to be a part of the future development of the University of St Mark and St John’.  

At the heart of the University, the Chaplaincy Centre is open to the public for social gathering, quiet reflection and prayer. Whilst maintaining its Christian integrity, the Chaplaincy Centre is fully inclusive, welcoming people of any faith and none and has a multi-faith room reserved for prayer, meditation and silent reflection.

The University of St Mark & St John is a Church of England voluntary institution. Term time Christian services in the Chapel include Holy Communion and daily prayer at 8.30am Monday to Friday.

The Chaplaincy Centre also has a choir and runs a public lecture series. Visit for more information or telephone the Chaplaincy Office on 01752-636700 ext 6528.

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