In 2015 the Ministries Committee commissioned a survey of all United Reformed Church ministers to seek a better understanding of the pressure and stress experienced by serving ministers.

An invitation to participate in the survey was sent to all ministers who had an identifiable role, whether they were in stipendiary or non-stipendiary service, and whether or not their ministry was exercised under the direct oversight of the United Reformed Church or for another body, e.g. chaplaincy. Approximately 625 invitations were sent out and 62% responded.

The survey and analysis was conducted by Dr Robert Wilcox and colleagues at InterHealth and was undertaken during the month of February. The data was collected and examined in a manner which maintained the anonymity of the participants and a presentation of the statistically significant results was made to synod moderators and a number of General Assembly appointed staff in May.

On this page you will find links to the following documents:

Please note that the reports use abbreviations that may not be immediately obvious to all readers. These include:
SSM Self-Supporting Ministry This is the term used by the report writers to refer to ministers in non-stipendiary service.
HFD House for Duty A relatively rare form of ministry within the United Reformed Church but more common within the Church of England.

Student? Leaving home for the first time? You may want to link-up with a free church chaplain at their university or college.

Key (the chaplains below fall into a number of categories):

FC = Free church
EC = Ecumenical appointment (many other chaplains work in an ecumenical team)
B = Baptist
CoE= Church of England
M = Methodist
URC = United Reformed Church
IHE = Institute of Higher Education
CHE = College of Higher Education
HE = Higher Education

Please contact Ministries to correct any errors or omissions; as all chaplains are in a state of change, some of these may be permanent and some may be termporary covers...

List of free church chaplains at universities and colleges

Aberdeen
Robert Gordon's University
Rev John McNeill (M)
01224 313 940

Aberystwyth
University of Wales
Rev Roger Hides (M)
01970 617 296
rhides04@yahoo.co.uk

Ayr
University of the West of Scotland
Rev Colin Mutch (B)
Tel: 01292 441 358

Bangor
Prifysgol Bangor University
Rev Chrissie Howe (M)
chrissie.howe@methodist.org.uk

Bath
Bath Spa University College
Bath University

Rev David Pattie (URC)
Rev Helen Pattie (URC)
0141 952 9815
dbp22@bath.ac.uk

Bedfordshire
The University of Bedfordshire - Bedford campus
Rev Cassandra Howes (EC)
01234 793 177
07920 849 742
chaplaincy@beds.ac.uk / cass.howes@beds.ac.uk

The University of Bedfordshire - Luton campus
Rev Andrew Goodman (EC)
01582 743 360
chaplaincy@beds.ac.uk

The University of Bedfordshire - Milton Keynes campus
Rev Casssandra Howes (EC - Methodist)
01234 793 177
07920 849 742
UCMKchaplaincy@beds.ac.uk

The University of Bedfordshire - Oxford House, Aylesbury Campus
Rev Cassandra Howes (EC - Methodist)
01234 793 177
07920 849 742
aylesburychaplaincy@beds.ac.uk

Birmingham
Aston University
The Chaplaincy Team
Martin Luther King Multi Faith Centre
0121 204 4729
chaplaincy@aston.ac.uk

University of Birmingham
Rev Andrew Brazier (M)
07794 639 382
braziera@bham.ac.uk and/or andrewbrazier@hotmail.com

Birmingham City University
Sister Christina McCann & Jenifer Cummings (Roman Catholic)
Student Services
BCU Perry Barr
Birmingham B42 2SU
0121 331 5588
student.services@bcu.ac.uk

Bolton
University of Bolton
Rev Phil Edwards (CofE/EC)
H: 01204 90 3415
M: 07958 692 454
chaplain.phil@bolton.ac.uk

Bolton
University of Sussex
Rev Robin Selmes

Bournemouth
Bournemouth University
BPCAD & The Arts Institute
University College, Bournemouth

Sharon Hartwell (FC)
01202 965 587
shartwell@bournemouth.ac.uk

Bradford
University of Bradford
Rev Dr Barbara Glasson
01274 721 626
teamleader@touchstone-bradford.org.uk

Brighton
University of Brighton
Rev Robin Selmes
01273 503 348
revrobinselmes1@btinternet.com

Bristol
University of Bristol
The Revd Dr Michael Peat (M)
0117 331 0601
michaelpeat477@btinternet.com

Mrs Rachel Fletcher (FC)
0117 331 0601
rachel.fletcher@bristol.ac.uk

University of the West of England
Mr Andrew Owen  (EC)
0117 328 1918

Buxton
University of Derby
Mrs Ingrid Keith (M)
No Telephone numbers supplied
i.keith@derby.ac.uk

Cambridge
Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge campus)
Cambridge University
Rev Alison Walker (M)
07947 558 250
revalison@btinternet.com

Canterbury
Christ Church University
University of Kent at Canterbury
University of Creative Arts (Canterbury Campus)
Deacon Jon Everingham (M)
01795 532 461
jon.everingham@methodist.org.uk

Carlisle
University of Cumbria
Revd David Pitkeathly (EC)
01228 593 243
david.pitkeathly@btinternet.com

Cardiff
Cardiff University
Rev Dave Hutton (M)
r.dave.htton@gmail.com

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Revd Dr Paul Fitzpatrick
07917 818 524 and 02920 417 252

University of South Wales
Pontypridd Campus
Altrium Cardiff Campus
Caerleon Campus
Newport City Campus
Revd Vaughan Rees (EC)
01443 654 060 / 01443 480 480
vaughan.rees@southwales.ac.uk

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Revd Vaughan Rees (EC)
01443 654 060 / 01443 480 480
vaughan.rees@southwales.ac.uk

Carmarthen 
University of Wales
Trinity St David

Rev Felicity Randall (M)
01267 236 004
flis116@live.co.uk

Chelmsford
Writtle Agricultural College
Anglia Ruskin University
Rev Vivien Gasteen (M)
01245 490 028
revviv1@btconnect.com

Cheltenham
University of Gloucestershire
Rev Bruce Goodwin (EC/CofE)
No telephone numbers
bgoodwin@glos.ac.uk

Chester
University of Chester
Rev Neil Stacey
01244 323 037
neil@wesleychester.co.uk

Chichester? Meth to supply (CofE)

Cirencester
Royal Agricultural University
Rev Keith Burton (FC)
01666 577 330
k.j.burton@btinternet.com

Colchester
University of Essex
Colchester Institute
Rev Alan Jenkins (M) 
01206 793 888
alandjenkins@yahoo.co.uk

Coventry
University of Warwick
Coventry University
Rev Dr Stuart Jennings (FC)
0247 652 3519 (Warwick)
0797 498 4272 (Coventry)
s.b.jennings@warwick.ac.uk
s.jennings@coventry.ac.uk

Cranfield
Cranfield University
Deacon Jane Mills (M)
01234 348 091 / 07807 146 535 
jane@thisismychurch.com

Crewe
Manchester Metropolitan University
Rev Robert (Robbie) Bowen (M)
01270 581 011
robert.bowen@methodist.org.uk

Derby
University of Derby
Rev David Downing (FC)
O: 01332 773 157  M: 07967 502 358
david.downing@derby.ac.uk  

Dundee
Abertay University
Rev Jim Kidd (URC)
H: 01382 776 154
M: 07745 132 377

Durham
University of Durham
Rev Steven Orange (URC)
0753 0067 159
stevenorange1984@aol.com

Edinburgh
Edinburgh University
Napier University
Heriot-Watt
Queen Margaret’s College
Edinburgh College of Art
Rev Geoffrey Baines (M)
H: 0131 664 9697
M: 07940 348 121
geoffreybaines@btinternet.com

Essex
University of Essex
See Colchester

Exeter
University of Exeter
Rev Janet Conway (URC/EC)
H: 01392 274 345
M: 07425 149 753
j.m.conway@exeter.ac.uk

Falmouth
University College, Falmouth
University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus
Glasgow Caledonian University

Glasgow
Glasgow University
Revd David Taylor
0141 632 3958
davidtaylor35@sky.com

Stathclyde University
Revd Daniel Cheyne
01389 763 075
danielcheyne@hotmail.com

Glasgow Caledonian University
Rev Christopher Foxon
0141 427 9744
techab@btinternet.com

Guildford
University of Surrey
Rev Claire Hargreaves (M)
01483 536 638
aerolo@aol.com

Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire
Rev Allan R Smith (EC)
01707 284 456
chaplain@herts.ac.uk

Huddersfield
University of Huddersfield
Deacon Gill Atkinson-Heck (M)
H: 01484 654 569
M: 07931 172 432
g.atkinson-heck@hud.ac.uk

High Wycombe
Buckinghamshire New University
Rev John Danso (URC)
01628 665 649
john@trinityslough.plus.com

Hull
University of Hull
Rev Simon Swailes (URC)
H/O: 01482 444 173  M: 07903 968 162
swailes124@swailes124.karoo.co.uk

Kingston Upon Thames
Kingston University
Kingston University Faith Advisor (EC)
Town House 8, Penrhyn Road Campus
Kingston upon Thames
Surry, KT1 2EE
020 8417 2940
r.dallison@kingston.ac.uk

Lampeter
University of Wales
Trinity St David, Lampeter

Rev Bryan Yardy (M)
01570 423 662
bryan.yardy@methodist.org.uk

Lancaster
Lancaster University
University of Cumbria (formerly St Martin's College)
Rev Steve Charman (M)
01524 594 073
s.charman@lancaster.ac.uk

Leeds
Leeds University
Leeds Metropolitan University
Rev Caroline Ryder
0113 343 5073
c.ryder@leeds.ac.uk

Trinity and All Saints
Rev Gregory Haynes (M)
0113 258 2678
haynesathome@tiscali.co.uk

Leicester
De Montfort University
Rev Jill Marsh
0116 270 5342
jill.marsh51@btinternet.com

University of Leicester
Rev Mark J Cheetham
0116 271 2404
minister@oadbymethodist.org.uk

Rev Jill Marsh
0116 270 5342
jill.marsh51@btinternet.com

Lincoln
Bishop Grosseteste University College
Rev Mark Stennett (M)
01522 886 079
chaplains@lincoln.ac.uk

University of Lincoln
Rev Leslie Acklam (EC)
01522 886 079
lacklam@lincoln.ac.uk

Liverpool                                                          
Liverpool Hope University
Rev Alan Fretwell
0151 722 1395
alanfretwell@btinternet.com

Mr Mike Prescott (M)
0151 734 4540
mikeprescottusa@gmail.com

University of Liverpool
Rev John Lansley (M)
0151 733 4495
john.lansley@methodist.org.uk

Mr Mike Prescott (M)
0151 734 4540
mikeprescott@gmail.com

John Moore's University
Rev Ian Hu (M)
0151 706 0155
i.hu@ljmu.ac.uk
mikeprescottusa@gmail.com

LONDON
Senior Reformed Chaplain to all London Universities
John McNeil Scott (URC)
020 3051 8191
07957 657 770
john@londonchap.org
(Please note that any URC students at any London institution can contact John)

City University
The Chaplain
Chaplaincy Office City University
Northampton Square
London EC1V 0HB
chaplaincy@city.ac.uk

University of East London
Rev Hugh Graham (FC)
H: 0207 473 3524
M: 07958 705 422
h.graham@uel.ac.uk

University of London, Goldsmiths College
Rev Robert Mpanduki (M)
020 7652 8052
bobnduki@yahoo.com

University of London
London Metropolitan University
London School of Economics
Rev John McNeil Scott (URC)
020 3051 8191
0795 765 7770
john@londonchap.org

University College
University College London

Rev James Mather (CoS)
020 7361 1670
07836 715 655
jsm@johnstonmather.com

University of Westminster
Ann Morisy (M) 
020 7935 6179

Queen Mary College
St Mary
Westfield College
Rev Peter Powers (M)
020 8983 1252
superintendent@meth.org.uk

Brunel University - Uxbridge
Rev Charles Sargent (CofE)
01895 266 460
charles.sargent@brunel.ac.uk

University of Greenwich, Avery Hill
Rev Kevin Taylor (M)
020 8850 9558

University of London - Royal Holloway, Egham
The Chaplain
The Chaplaincy
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX
01784 444 3070

Middlesex University, Hendon campus
Rev Steven Hill (M)
020 8200 0727

Roehampton University
Southlands College
Rev David Innes
Heather Floyd
 
020 8392 3497
d.innes@roehampton.ac.uk
020 8392 3185
heather.floyd@roehampton.ac.uk

University of West London
Rev Dean Ayres
020 8231 2365
dean.ayres@uwl.ac.uk

University of Greenwich - Avery Hill Campus 
Rev Chris Baker (CofE)
020 8850 9558
c.baker@gre.ac.uk

University of Greenwich - Greenwich Campus
Revd Jeremy Frost (CofE)
020 8331 8271
07767 201 565
j.j.frost@gre.ac.uk

South Bank University
Rev Duncan Myers (CofE)
020 7815 6419
ss-chanplain@lsbu.ac.uk

Loughborough
Loughborough University
Rev David Featonby (FC)
01509 211 549
david.featonby@ntlworld.com

Manchester
Deacon Michelle Brocklehurst 
St Peter's House Church and Chaplaincy
Precinct Ctr
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9GH
0161 275 2894
deaconmichelleb@googlemail.com

Rev John Squares
0161 275 2894
johnasquares@hotmail.com

Chaplain to Taiwanese Students at
all Higher Education Institutions,
St Peter's Church & Chaplaincy
and Taiwanese Fellowship in London, Lumen URC
Rev Shou-hui Chung (URC)
H: 0161 860 7137
M: 07828 066 874
O: 0161 275 0894
shou-hui.chung@manchester.ac.uk
shchung1020@hotmail.com

Middlesborough
University of Teesside
Rev Martin Ramsden
01642 813 089
martin.ramsden@methodist.org.uk

Newcastle-upon-Tyne
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
University of Northumbria
Rev Rob Hawkins
0191 281 2309 / 07985 544 997
revrobhawkins@gmail.com

University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Stephen Richardson
07762 440 811 
stephen.richardson@newcastle.ac.uk

Newport (Gwent)
University of Wales College, Newport
Rev Louise Gough
01633 263 473
louise46@virginmedia.com

Newport (Shropshire)
Harper Adams University College
Rev Graham Sturdy
01952 223 237
graham.sturdy@talk21.com

Mr John Fowler
01952 812 458
johnfowler01@btinternet.com

Northampton
The University of Northampton
Deacon Richard Beckett
01604 705 642
richard.beckett@methodist.org.uk

Norwich
University of East Anglia
Deacon Jen Woodfin  
01953 609 106
j.woodfin@uea.ac.uk

Nottingham University
Sutton Bonnington Campus/University Park
Rev Chris Dakin (B)
0115 974 5254
chris.dakin@nottingham.ac.uk

Ormskirk
Edge Hill University
Rev Melvyn Kelly (M)
01695 572 812
melvyn@themanse.org.uk
chaplaincy@edgehill.ac.uk

Oxford
Oxford Brookes University
Rev Dr Robert Bates (M)
01865 488 349
rgbates@brookes.ac.uk

University of Oxford
Rev Carla Grosch-Miller (URC)
01865 554 358
07891 968 455
minister@saintcolumbas.org

Mansfield College
Rev Tanya Rasmussen (URC)
H: 01865 872 389
M: 07595 770 285
tanya.rasmussen@mansfield.ox.ac.uk

Paisley
University of the West of Scotland
Stephen Moore (M)
0141 881 0750
steven195084@yahoo.com

Plymouth
College of St Mark & St John
Rev Paul Thompson (CofE / EC)
01752  636 847 /  01752 636 700
pthompson@marjon.ac.uk

University of Plymouth
Rev Paul Smith
O: 01752 660 997 
pmchoffice@btconnect.com

Jonny Libby
jonnylibby@hotmail.co.uk

Mrs Ann Jones
01752 695 218

Portsmouth
University of Portsmouth
Rev Karen Jobson
023 9284 3030
karen.jobson@port.ac.uk

Preston
University of Central Lancashire
Rev Sue Griffiths
01772 774 285  / 07961 807 445
suegriffiths@xaltmail.com

Reading
University of Reading
Rev Robert Weston (URC)
H: 0118 966 8647
O: 0118 926 5003
minister@parkurc.org.uk

Salford
University of Salford
Rev Jeffrey Walker
0161 789 1869
jeffrey.walker@methodist.org.uk

Scarborough
University of Hull
Rev Simon Swailes (URC)
H,O: 01482 444 173
M: 07903  968  162
swailes124@swailes1245.karoo.co.uk

Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University
Rev Dr Noel Irwin (M)
0114 272 1749
revnoelirwin@btconnect.com

University of Sheffield
Rev Catrin Harland
0114 266 8102
c.harland@shef.ac.uk / catrin.harland@methodist.org.uk

Shrivenham
Cranfield University - Defence Academy
Rev Graham Tidmarsh
01793 782 584
grahamtid@aol.com

Southampton
University of Southampton
Rev James Neve (FC)
02380 599 231
j.neve@soton.ac.uk

St Andrew's
St Andrew's University
Rev Mary M Patterson (M)
01674 672 373
maryp57@yahoo.co.uk

Stafford
Staffordshire University
Rev Jeffrey Reynolds
01785 661 369
jeff.reynolds@virgin.net

Stirling
University of Stirling
Rev Alan Paterson (URC)
01355 222 659
alangmp@aol.com

University of Stirling
Mr Clive Bonner (URC)
urcbarrhead@gmail.com

Stockton
University of Durham - Stockton Campus
Rev Damon Barge (CofE)
0191 334 0072 (Mondays only)
M: 07989 585 601
d.j.barge@durham.ac.uk

Stoke-on-Trent
University of Staffordshire
Rev David Cooper (M)
01630 652 512
davidcoop@btinternet.com

Sunderland
University of Sunderland
Rev Linda Eccles
0191 514 2218
l.eccles1@btconnect.com

Swansea
University of Wales
Rev Kim Fabricius (URC)
Tel: 01792 297 046
kim.fabs@ntlworld.com
kim_fabs@hotmail.com

Wakefield
University of Leeds
Rev Caroline Ryder
0113 343 5071
scentre@leeds.ac.uk / chaplaincy@leeds.ac.uk

Warwick
see Coventry

Winchester
University of Winchester
Rev Peter Waddell (CoE)
Dean of Chapel
University of Winchester
Sparkford Road
Winchester, SO22 4NR
01962 827 063
chaplaincy@winchester.ac.uk / peter.waddell@winchester.ac.uk

Rev Ann Keating (CofE)
01962 827 679
ann.keating@winchester.ac.uk / chaplaincy@winchester.ac.uk

Wolverhampton
University of Wolverhampton
Deacon Sara Bruce (FC)
01902 322 905
sarah.bruce@methodist.org.uk

Worcester
University of Worcester
Rev Dr Fiona Haworth (EC)
01905 542 327
f.haworth@worc.ac.uk

Wrexham
Glyndwr University
Rev Janice Jones (EC)
01978 293 336
janice.jones@glyndwr.ac.uk / chaplains@glyndwr.ac.uk

Yeovil
University Centre, Yeovil
c/o Rev Linda Barriball
01935 423 266
lbarriball.freespace@virgin.net

York
University of York
Rev Rory Dalgleish
01904 414 398
07877 419 112
07503 724 055
rjd504@york.ac.uk / dalgleish@york.ac.uk

York St John University
Rev Christopher Humble
01904 426 483
chris@humblec.freeserve.co.uk

Rev Lukas Njenga (CofE)
01904 876 606
l.njenga@yorksj.ac.uk

IRELAND

Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast
Rev John Alderdice (M)
028 9038 1443
john.alderdice@irishmethodist.org

Coleraine
University of Ulster
Rev Michael Gregory (M)
028 7082 2255
michael.gregory@irishmethodist.org

Cork
University College
Rev Colin Milligan (M)
00353 21 4292503
colin.milligan@irishmethodist.org

Dublin
University College
Mrs Gillian Kingston (M)
+353-1-716-8543
gillian.kingston@ucd.ie
gmkingston@gmail.com

Dublin City University
c/o Rev Dr John Stephens (M)
00-353-1-2605766
john.stephens@irishmethodist.org

Trinity College, Dublin
Rev Julian Hamilton (M)
00-353-1-896-1901
jools@ignite.to

Dublin Institute of Technology
c/o Rev John Stephens (M)
00-353-1-2605766
john.stephens@irishmethodist.org

Galway
University College
c/o Rev Brian Griffin (M)
00353 505 521670
beg08@eircom.net

Jordanstown
University of Ulster
Mrs Gail Mercer (M)
gail.mercer@irishmethodist.org

Limerick
University of Limerick
Rev Vicki Lynch
00353 61 325 325
geoff.hewitt@irishmethodist.org

Londonderry
University of Ulster
Rev Noel Fallows
028 7188 3594
noel.fallows@irishmethodist.org

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Certificate of Eligibility

We are currently receiving applications from ministers of other churches who wish to transfer to the United Reformed Church.  There are a small number of certificates available and applications must be received by 3 November 2017.
To receive an application pack email ministries@urc.org.uk

Ministers’ Gathering 2018

Are you thinking about ministry?  Some ministers tell their stories:

  1. Sally
  2. Dorothee
  3. Sohail
  4. David
  5. Judith
  6. Stephen
  7. Fiona
  8. Mike


Some CRCWs talk about their ministry
Introduction to the ministry of Church Related Community Work
CRCW 1
CRCW 2
CRCW 3

The work is divided between:
The main Ministries Committee which deals with;
General policy on ministry issues and produces major reports and publications like 'Equipping the Saints'.

There are 5 sub-committees and one advocate:

Assessment Board
Responsible for the candidating procedures and assesses candidates for the Ministry of Word and Sacraments and Church Related Community Work

Accreditation Sub-Committee
Maintains the roll of ministers, accredits those applying for inclusion after training and those coming from other denominations. It also deals with applications for Special Category Ministry posts

Church Related Community Work Programme Sub-Committee
Is responsible for supporting the Church Related Community Work Ministry and Programme under the terms agreed in the Church Related Community Work Covenant. This includes the accreditation of Churches-in-Community

Maintenance of the Ministry Sub-Committee
Advises on the level of stipend and ministers’ conditions of service through the Plan for Partnership. It is also concerned for pensions through its associated Pensions Sub-Committee.

Retired Ministers Housing Sub-Committee
Works in Association with the United Reformed Church Retired Ministers' Housing Society Ltd.

Leadership in worship advocate
Resources for worship

The Committee is also involved with or responsible for:

This sub-committee is responsible for policy in matters of the provision of retirement housing for ministers and their spouses.  It uses the United Reformed Church Retired Ministers' Housing Society Limited as its agent for the implementation of policy and the practical steps associated with the provision of housing

  1. Preamble
  2. Link
  3. Parameters of the scheme
  4. Ministers
  5. Link
  6. Widows and widowers
  7. Part-time Pastorates

The United Reformed Church Retired Ministers’ Housing Provision for Housing Retired Ministers and CRCWs

(This document is available in pdf format here)

1 Preamble

At the 1979 General Assembly the United Reformed Church accepted a moral obligation to provide housing for retired ministers and ministers’ widows who could not otherwise be adequately housed. The relevant clauses of the resolution read as follows:

‘The United Reformed Church delegates to its Finance and Administration department the responsibility for providing housing for retired ministers and ministers’ widows and this it exercises through the United Reformed Church Retired Ministers’ Housing Society Limited, an independent Company operating within the Finance department.

The Church regards it as a matter of integrity that retired ministers and ministers’ widows should be adequately housed and supports the Housing Society in its appeal for funds and its objects.
The Assembly approves the appointment of a ‘Retired Ministers’ Housing Committee’ within the Finance and Administration department to have oversight of matters concerned with the provision of retirement housing for ministers and ministers’ widows and to manage the properties held on behalf of the United Reformed Church.’

These Guidelines were produced and have been revised periodically including a major revision in 1985 and 2008. An appeal to the whole church was made in 2006 to secure further funds.

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By this action Assembly did not institute an entitlement to retirement housing as of right. A minister and his/her spouse who have the finance necessary to provide for housing in their retirement (whether completely or as an equity share) may reasonably be expected to do so. Given our limited liquid capital position, the provision of housing by the Housing Society is for those who would not otherwise have any way of being adequately housed, and policies regarding use of capital are thus heavily weighted in that direction.

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3 Parameters of the Scheme

The ministers covered by this Scheme are ministers of Word and Sacraments and CRCWs who are on the United Reformed Church Roll and in receipt of a stipend.

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4 Ministers

Normally an applicant must be a minister of the United Reformed Church and must meet the following conditions:

(1) All applicants must be in the stipendiary service of the Church at:
EITHER (a) age 65 or later agreed retirement date;
OR (b) less than age 65, but having completed 40 years service since ordination and been allowed to retire on pension without early retirement deduction;
OR (c) less than age 65, but having been permitted to retire early on grounds of physical or mental incapacity, duly certified by a medical practitioner to the satisfaction of the Maintenance of the Ministry committee. In these circumstances the number of years which the minister could have served up to age 65 would be taken into account in establishing the amount to be made available under 4 (2) below.

(2) The Housing committee will meet at least annually to decide a ceiling for each county or comparable area. This will be the maximum amount which the Society can make available for housing to the applicant, subject to their need being established. At the time of retirement, a minister, having served a minimum of 15 years and needing housing assistance will be offered 1/40 of that sum multiplied by the years of his/her service, up to the maximum.

This will be introduced gradually during the ten years to 2018. Three years of training will be added to the years of service for this purpose. Ministers can apply directly to the Housing Society for special consideration if their financial circumstances mean that they could not be housed using this formula.

(3) Where a minister satisfies the requirements above but moves into part-time service immediately upon ceasing full-time service, the entitlement to consideration for assistance will be carried forward until final retirement.

(4) Equivalent full-time service is pro rata part-time service (i.e. ten years of 50% scoped service is equivalent to five years full-time service)

(5) An application from any minister whose service falls just outside these guidelines may be considered nine months before retirement in the light of the merits of the case and the resources available at the time.

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5

Service for this purpose will be full-time and stipendiary in an appointment for which the terms of service include the provision of housing by the Church or other body, and within one or more of the following categories:

(1) Service with the United Reformed Church (URC) AND/OR the Congregational Church of England and Wales AND/OR the Presbyterian Church of England AND/OR the Re-formed Association of Churches of Christ AND/OR The Congregational Union of Scotland, and their predecessors, either in pastoral charge, in an Assembly, synod or district appointment or in a special ministry.

(2) Service in a national ecumenical council OR agency in the United Kingdom (UK) in which the URC is directly involved and in which the terms of service are comparable to those of ministers in the URC. Normally such service shall not exceed ten years.

(3) Service with a county OR regional ecumenical body in the UK in which the URC is directly involved either as full-time service or as part-time service coupled with service in a URC Pastorate. Normally such service shall not exceed ten years.

(4) Service in a Local Ecumenical Project (LEP) in which the URC is a full participant: such LEP being duly registered as a local congregation or group of congregations in the British Council of Churches or the successor bodies’ registers and recorded as a Local Church in the URC.

(5) Service overseas since July 1977 through the Council for World Mission OR through the Mission committee of the URC, as full-time ministerial service.

(6) Service as a chaplain in hospitals, schools, colleges or universities, industry or the armed forces which is full-time ministerial service on terms which are comparable with those of full-time URC ministers and in which the URC is directly involved. Normally, only the first ten years of such service shall count towards calculation of housing assistance.

(7) Service with Mansfield, Northern, The Queen’s, Westminster and Scottish Congregational Colleges on terms comparable with the conditions of service of full-time URC ministers.

(8) Such other service rendered by a URC minister as may from time to time be agreed by the Retired Ministers Housing committee to constitute qualifying service.

It is in the interest of a minister, who is considering taking up an appointment involving service as outlined in sub-paragraphs (2) to (7) above OR in any other activity and at retirement will require assistance with housing, to consult the secretary of the Retired Ministers Housing committee.

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6 Widows and Widowers

(1) The widow, widower or registered civil partner of a minister who dies in retirement as a tenant of a Society property will be granted the transfer of the tenancy on the same terms as the deceased minister providing that the marriage/registration took place before the minister’s 65th birthday, or the date of retirement if later.

(2) The widow, widower or registered civil partner of a minister who dies in full-time service and whose service meets or could have met the requirements of paragraph 4(1) above by his or her 65th birthday, will be assisted with housing (except where personal financial resources are sufficient to provide for this). In these circumstances the number of years which the minister could have served up to age 65 would be taken into account in establishing the amount to be made available under 4 (2) above.

(3) In all other cases the needs of a minister’s widow, widower or registered civil partner will be considered in the light of the circumstances of each case.

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7 Part-time Pastorates

(1) It is not the responsibility of the Society to provide housing for ministers in part-time stipendiary pastorates. Therefore, a minister who moves from a full-time to a part-time stipendiary pastorate at the age of 65 or later can have no expectation of assistance with retirement housing at this stage, but will be considered for retirement housing when finally retiring from pastoral charge, subject to the qualifying service requirements in sections 4 and 5 above being met.

(2) Should a retired minister who is already a tenant of the Society, or of a property managed by the Society on behalf of the URC, be called to a part-time stipendiary pastorate, or his/her period of charge be extended beyond that initial call, the Society will consider continuation of the tenancy subject to consideration by the pastorate making the call to pay the rent surcharge appropriate to that property if possible.

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The United Reformed Church believes that God continues to call people of all ages and backgrounds to the risks and joys of discipleship. It is through faithful obedience that lives of individuals and the world around us are transformed. To support and encourage individuals and congregations in their calling we offer the following resources for the whole church: 

  • The Children's and Youth and Pilots pages contain information and resources relating to particular work amongst and by the younger members of the church.
  • The Church Related Community Work pages support the United Reformed Church’s distinctive ministry of community development.
  • Resources and guidance for Lay Preachers, Elders and Ministers of Word and Sacraments are to be found in Ministries Committee.
  • Learning and development opportunities for everyone within the church can be found at Education and Learning, as well as more particular matters regarding ministerial training.
  • Good Practice: Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk  the Good Practice pack and other information relating to safeguarding children and adults in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.