Day 5 of meet you Chaplains: Dave Stroud- Senior Chaplain

Chaplaincy at Canterbury Christ Church

Day 5 of meet you Chaplains: Dave Stroud- Senior Chaplain

How long have you been a Chaplain?

I have been a Chaplain here at Canterbury Christ Church University for almost thirteen years now. Starting as I did in March 2008, but my relationship with the institution predates that! I was both an undergrad and postgrad here back in the 90’s, although my theology degree comes from Kent! 😉

Why did you decide to take up Chaplaincy?

Chaplaincy was not even a consideration when I was first ordained, I had always seen myself more as an urban vicar ministering in some tough inner-city parish. Although saying that, when I was a Secondary school teacher my old head used to refer to me as “The man with two vocations” and that is what I love about this role, being both in the chapel and the class room.

What did you study before becoming a Chaplain?

Before becoming Chaplain I did a degree in Theology, a PGCE in secondary education and a Masters in Practical Theology

What is a recent book you have read?

I am currently working my way through Robert Galbraith’s series about Cormoran Strike, I have always enjoyed a good detective novel and love losing myself in a good book.

What music are you loving at the moment?

To be honest I don’t listen to a lot of music, I am not musical, I don’t play an instrument, and I am not usually encouraged to sing and especially as my cd collection is mostly 80’s and 90’s music that my wife won’t let me play. If pushed for a song choice it would probably be something from the Beatles, I love HELP, Eleanor Rigby and Blackbird, I think they are great songs.

What are your hobbies?

That is a really good question! I think currently, given all that has happened in the last 12 months I would have to say cycling, reading and watching films, but I also love, hill walking, climbing and water sports, I just don’t get to do them very often.

What is your favourite film?

Wow, favourite film, that is a tough question as there is so many contenders. Back when I used to live on the Isle of Wight, I had to walk past Block Busters every day and I would regularly buy second hand rental copies, my film collection at the time was huge and yes, primarily on VHS! Probably one of the most memorable films I have ever seen was the Matrix, not only can I tell you when and where I saw it, but I also have written, preached and run study courses on it.

What is your Favourite quote?

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember amateurs built the Ark….professionals built the Titanic” anonymous

Who would you most like to meet and what would you ask them?

I would quite like to meet Francis Overton, I know nothing about him except he died in the second world war and that we have his war penny that was rescued from a boot sale. 

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