Meet your Chaplains: Day 2- Pete Joyce, Lay Chaplain

Chaplaincy at Canterbury Christ Church

Meet your Chaplains: Day 2- Pete Joyce, Lay Chaplain

How long have you been a Chaplain? And why did you decide to take up Chaplaincy?

I have been a Chaplain at CCCU for 15 months, though I have been involved in pastoral care and church leadership for 7 ½ years. I took up chaplaincy because I believe that it is the ultimate expression of our Christian faith-based upon Lk24:13-39, The Walk to Emmaus.

What did you study before becoming a chaplain?

I studied for my MRes Theology and Religion and BA(Hons) Theology with Religion, Philosophy and Ethics both at CCCU are doing one year of study at SEITE doing Ministerial Theology. I have also completed by the Methodist and CofE worship leaders course as well as several other CPD courses.

What is a recent book you have read?

The most recent book that I have read is the new edition of 10 years in a Portsmouth Slum which has been republished and re-edited by Matthew Fisher who was a guest on God Talk in semester 1.

What music are you loving at the moment?

Anything classical, especial Handel and Mendelssohn. I find it clears my head and helps me think.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are all things communication. I hold a full amateur radio licence and am interested in all forms of communication both wireless and wired. Apart from that, I can be found on a golf course where I play with and support the Disabled Golf Association and am a proud member of the South team in national matches and hope to take it one step further this year and qualify for the international squad.

What is your favourite film?

Fiddler on the Roof…………. Possibly one of the most complex and enduring films ever made. Every time I watch it there is something else, I can take from it.

What is your favourite quote? 

There ain’t a soul in the world without a burden to carry – Legend of Bagger Vance

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

The person I would have liked most to have met was Dietrich Bonhoeffer and ask him about his immense resilience of faith and how he kept that in the face of such adversity. 

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