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Cardiff and Vale Chaplaincy Team

Jason Tugwell - Chaplaincy Manager

Jason is the Chaplaincy Services Manager for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Jason is an ordained minister with the Elim Pentecostal movement. He has over 28 years of pastoral and local church leadership experience. He has pastored Churches in Cardiff, Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil.

In early 2015 he became the Deputy Lead Chaplain for the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board based in Morriston Hospital, Swansea. In September 2018, Jason became the Chaplaincy Services Manager here in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. He also pastors alongside his wife at Elim Church in Cardiff North.

Rev Christine Powell

Christine is a Baptist Minister and joined the Chaplaincy Team in April 2018 after taking a "year out" as a member of the Scargill Christian Community in the middle of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Before that she worked as a Minister in Ilford, having previously led churches in Bristol and the East Midlands.

She trained at Bristol Baptist College and her ministry has included on call Hospital Chaplaincy and Retail Chaplaincy in Swindon, as well as leading rural and urban churches including two in very multi-cultural areas.

Before entering Baptist Ministry in 2008, Christine had a varied career including working for the British Red Cross and also as a Careers and Personal Advisor. She lives with her husband and has two grown up sons and in her spare time, enjoys visiting the coast and countryside around Cardiff.

Rev Caroline John

I joined the Chaplaincy Team in 2018 after working in Bangor Cathedral as a Minor Canon, which sounds grand but isn't at all! During this time I ran the Foodbank and was Chaplain to the choir as well as being involved in the usual round of parish ministries. Born in England, I was ordained into the Church in Wales in 1990 and spent the next 19 years in Ceredigion.

I was curate in both Cardigan and Aberystwyth , and when the first of our four children were born, I stepped back from ordained ministry for a while. Married to an Anglican Priest,

I continued to be very involved in parish and Church life, and at the end of the 1990's I worked in Bronglais hospital for a couple of years as Chaplain on the children's ward. After a variety of jobs, I worked for Age Concern for 9 years and managed the Information and Advice Department.

I love spending time with my now grown up children and my dogs who, sadly for me, have remained in Bangor I was a keen long distance runner and triathlete until an accident a few years ago stopped me in my tracks. I now enjoy short distance jogs, the gym, swimming and yoga. And for less energetic times I do cross stitch and watch Doc Martin or Gavin and Stacey.

Rev David Pritchard

I joined the Chaplaincy Team as a part-time Chaplain on 8th May 2018. I am a Roman Catholic priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which is an integral part of the wider Roman Catholic Church.

I am responsible for the provision of spiritual and religious needs to Catholic patients in UHW, and where needed, to their families and staff. I also have generic chaplaincy responsibility for anybody else who may need chaplaincy support.

At UHW I am assisted by a team of eight Eucharistic Ministers who, each Sunday, bring Holy Communion to Catholic patients. These ministers make approximately 900 bedside visits a year.

Fr Peter Davies

Fr Peter Davies is a Roman Catholic priest and originally from West Wales.In the past he worked as a psychiatric nurse and spent five years on a Mental Health Project in Central Asia and two years in the Indian subcontinent.

He was formerly an Anglican priest and is married with children.

Lisa Rees - Chaplaincy Secretary

Lisa has worked part-time as the Secretary to the Chaplaincy Department for almost 14 years. She is married with three children.

Rev Catherine Brobbey

Catherine is a Methodist Minister currently serving in the Vale of Glamorgan Circuit, with pastoral charge of churches in Barry and St Athan. Before moving to Barry, Catherine served in the Cardiff Circuit as Minister of churches in Llandaff North and Whitchurch, and was also chaplain to the George Thomas (now 'City' Hospice).

Catherine is originally from Pontypool and prior to ordination was employed as a lay worker in Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed churches in the North and East of England and the Midlands.

Rev Rachel Lewis

Following eight years in University Chaplaincy before woman were ordained priests in 1994, then serving as Rector to multi-church Rural Benefices, Rachel started work as one of the Chaplaincy team in Cardiff and Vale UHB in 2016.

Before ordination as Deacon in 1986 , she was a teacher, and her passion for creative human learning is a constant in her life. When woman were ordained as priests in 1994, Rachel was ordained in Bristol, to continue her ministry in Doiceses in the Churches of England, Ireland and Wales.

"After 30 years in the Church, the opportunity to privilege this aspect of my ministry is very important" she says of her work as part of the team of Chaplains working across the Cardiff and Vale UHB sites.

She responds to pastoral and spiritual need in all departments, though compassionate presence and being available for whatever comes up in people's lives at some of the most profound moments in their lives.

World Faith Chaplains

Census figures show that whilst most of the religious population of the Cardiff and Vale area identify with the Christian Faith, there is a significant number whose spiritual needs require some help from their own faith groups.

We have two part-time Muslim Chaplains, Imam Farid Khan and Sister Amina Shabaan, and from the Jewish Community, Rabi Michael Rose.

The Chaplaincy Office has contact details for all faith/belief groups, should a request be made for particular religious and spiritual care.

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