Meet the Chaplains who make up Good Work
REV STEPHEN ANDREWS
Stephen’s ministry as chaplain sees him working alongside staff within retail, local government (contractors) and the service industry. The main focus of the chaplaincy is to offer an effective service of pastoral care and spirituality in the workplace and continues to reach out to people of all faiths and none.
Stephen has travelled a varied career path which ranges from working with the armed forces as a civilian manager at Bassingbourn Barracks, Hertfordshire, a driving instructor with the British School of Motoring in Norwich, and then moved into the car rental industry where he eventually became main agent in Great Yarmouth for Kenning Car & Van Rental.
In 2001 Stephen was accepted for ministerial training as a Lay Reader in the Church of England and gained Higher Certificate in Theology (accredited by the University of Wales). After being called and selected for training to the priesthood Stephen gained his Diploma in Christian Theology in 2008 (accredited by Anglia Ruskin University). Ordination to the diaconate followed in 2011 and he was ordained priest in September 2012.
REV DR LIVIU BARBU
The County Council has worked with us to appoint the new chaplain. Fr Liviu is a priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Rector of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Norwich, and has worked in Norwich and around for a number of years during which time he has established ecumenical links with the Anglican, Roman-Catholic, United-Reformed, Methodist, and other churches
He is also closely involved with the Norwich Centre for Christian Learning at the Anglican Cathedral where he is a tutor
Liviu has a long-standing interest in spiritual guidance and the relationship between social and spiritual life. In his own words: “I will be there, at Norfolk County Hall, to enable everyone to express their spirituality in their own way and to promote a Christian work ethic balanced by spirituality, prayer, and work. I very much hope that my activity will fit well into the Good Work excellent chaplaincy support in work places”
Jonathan Dunning of UNISON said of Liviu's appointment: “I sat on the interview panel in my trade union role but also represented Good Work. I am as confident as you can ever be that Liviu will be a strong addition to our team of chaplains”
REV CHRIS COPSEY
Chris has been a primary school teacher, Parish Councillor and Chairman of Governors for a large infant and nursery school. Before ordination as a Self Supporting Minister in 2007 she was a Reader for 9 years across 7 rural parishes. Her curacy at St Margaret’s in King's Lynn gave a wide variety to ministry and she continues as part of the ministry team at the Minster. Pastoral work is a very important part of ministry and through Good Work, Chris was Chaplain to Norfolk County Council from 2007-2014, before moving to a chaplaincy with the Matthew Project for 3 years. In 2011 Chris was licensed by the Bishop of Norwich as Chaplain to the Norfolk Coroner, a unique chaplaincy in the UK.
As a Development Worker with Good Work she has worked with several organisations across the Diocese giving advice on appointing a chaplain and organises the annual chaplaincy conference. Chris is also Diocesan Coordinator for the Social, Community and Environmental Concerns Forum and the Ecumenical Criminal Justice Forum and a Board Member of Good Work. She was installed as an Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral in November 2017.
Chris with husband Graham is a passionate follower of rugby and they are season ticket holders with Leicester Tigers.
REV PETER PAINE
There’s one in 260 ports around the world: a Mission to Seafarers chaplain. And Great Yarmouth in East Anglia is no exception. Pete Paine has been the chaplain here for 14 years. “Every day is completely different – I don’t know what to expect when I step on board a ship” he says. “‘Security requires me to ask the captain’s permission first and sign on, but that’s never a problem. I’ve always been made welcome, because of the service that the Mission to Seafarers is known to provide. On average, I visit about 25 to 30 ships a month; some require a second visit, which brings the total to around 40. The men know that they can ask to see a chaplain anytime”
“Everyone else has an agenda when they board a ship. I’m the only visitor who’s purely interested in the well-being of the crew. I’m there to speak with them, be with them, listen to them. I can supply things they may need – clothing, toiletries, books, videos. I also carry phone cards and an email facility for them to get in touch with home. Some may want to talk about family problems, an accident aboard or something else work-related. Others want to talk about Christian things”
The mission’s blue flag, with its flying angel logo, has become a welcome and familiar sight around the world. It is a symbol of the mission’s aim to be there – in God’s name – as a source of help, strength and hope to seafarers and their families
Ships and ports have changed considerably, but sadly some things never change. Seafarers still lose their lives in shipping casualties, and piracy is a major problem in some areas. Mission chaplains report cases of non-payment of wages, stranded and abandoned crews, and problems relating to safety and living conditions. The strain of being alone or confined in a ‘steel box’ with people you cannot communicate with often leads to depression and despair. There are such traditional difficulties as long periods away from families and isolation from amenities ashore
Each year the Mission makes around 64,000 ship visits, welcomes 500,000 seafarers to its centres, visits 800 in hospital and helps in around 1,000 justice and welfare cases
Pete Paine also liaises with other mission chaplains. He also visits and keeps in very close touch with the local coastguard stations. They’re the eyes and ears of the sea, with the power to impound vessels. This coastguard region polices the Thames to the Tyne and across the North Sea to the Netherlands
Good Work, 19/07/2013