Chaplaincy and Meeting House


Anglician Staff

Chris McDermott - Lead Chaplain

Chris arrived at US after many years working in the field of community mediation, local peace building and conflict resolution training in east London.  He is also an  accredited ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Workplace Mediator. Originally from Niagara Falls, New York, USA he has lived in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He is an Anglican priest, enjoys cycling, yoga, and exploring the interface between different spiritual practices, especially Christianity and Buddhism – not to mention discovering – and tasting – locally brewed fine ales!. He looks forward to connecting with the wider community here at the University of  Sussex.  Feel free to stop by Room 1 and say ‘hello’ or even ‘Yo!’.  You will be warmly welcomed.

Ali Marshall- Ordained Chaplain

I work with students at St Peter's Brighton, a lively Anglican Church in the centre of the city.  I am also training to be a vicar and so am writing lots of essays at the moment.  I am responsible for the running of the Eleven on campus service as part of the wider chaplaincy team, right here at the Meeting House every Sunday during term time at 11am, with free breakfast, lively singing and a great talk every week.  Do see our page @elevenoncampus on facebook or stpetersstudents on instagram for more details.


 Andrew Jackson - Lay Chaplain

Andrew is a lay (Anglican) Chpaliam with responsibility for International Students and has previously worked as part of the Chaplaincy team at University of Nottingham (1988-92) and the University of York (1993-2000).



 Fr Rod Jones

Father Roderick Jones is the Catholic Chaplain to the University of Sussex.


 Dan Woodhouse

I am a Methodist Minister and I am part of the University Chaplaincy team. 


 Sue Harrington

Sue is a lay assistant to the Methodist Chaplain at both Sussex and Brighton Universities.  Sue loves anything creative, be that art, textiles, crafts, music, poetry, theatre or cooking.  She enjoys working alongside and being with people and has an inclusive outlook on life.  Her theological thinking is progressive and finds resonance with theologians such as John Shelby Spong, John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg.


Jason Evans

Jason has been a member of Brighton Quaker Meering since 2002 and has served a number of roles including Overseer and Elder. He is now part of the Clerking team at Brighton Meeting. He is a member of the Green Party and practices jazz harmonica and Taiji Quan.  

Particular interests relating to spirituality include Soto Zen, The Bhagavad Gita and Brighton's Interfaith scene.  Within Quakerism, Jason is particularly enthusiastic about Experiment with Light (a Quaker meditation) and the distinctively Quaker approach to Christianity.

Jason is also interested in Focusing, promoting good mental health, and reviving dreamwork as a Quaker spiritual practice.

Christian Missionary Alliance

 Tai Ming Pang

I am a missionary from Hong Kong as well as a Chinese Pastor at the local churches (Brighton Alliance Church & East London Alliance Churche) in Brighton and Deptford, London.  I have lived in and around London for forty years and happily married with three sons.  

My frieds would describe me as easy going and a good listener  - I am a positive person and enjoy other people's company but also value being by myself from time to time.  I enjoy good books and moves, the countyside and nature.  




「各人不要只顾自己的事,也要为别人的需要着想。」(腓立比书 2:4)


 Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah

Rabbi Elizabeth (Elli) Tikvah Sarah studied Sociology at the London School of Economics (1974-44) and Rabbinics at the Leo Baeck College in London (1984-89.  In addition to teaching and congregational work, she is a writer and has edited three books, contributed over four dozen articles and several poems to various journals and anthologies, writes a monthly article for Sussex Jewish News and is the author of Trouble-Making Judaism (David Paul Books 2012).  She has been a Rabbi of Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue since December 2000 and is the Liberal Jewish Chaplain at Sussex and Brighton Universities.


Ian Wallis

Fr Ian was born in Brighton and graduated from Univerisity of Sussex with an Honours Degree in Education and Religious Studies.  He believes that the Chuch's mission today has to embrace not only the Ecumenical Movement but also interfaith relations.

It is in the spirit of "Churches Together" that Fr Ian undertakes his work as a chaplain, not only at the University of Sussex, but also in the local prisions at Lewes and Ford, as well as local hospitals.


 Paul Johanson

I was brought up as a Roman Catholic and begain training at a Rinzai Zen temple in London under the guidance of Kyudo Roshi abbot of Ryutaku-Ji, from 1988 to 1992.  In 1991 I began sitting with a local TIbet Buddhist group called Maitrikara and met my current teacher, Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche and trained under his guidance since 1992. 

I still feel a strong connection to my Christian roots and to my early Zen training.  I am very interested in all spiritual paths and I am deeply grateful for the wisdom that is made available to us by all the great religions tradions.  I am also very interested in the humanist/scientific traditions in western culture, particularly the new field of contemplative science.

United Reformed

 Kim Wood

I was like you a student about 20 years ago when I read Theology (BTh) at the London School of Theology, so I understand 'uni life'  I am married to a Minister of the United Reformed Church, and I love to listen to Classic FM.  I like to meet people and talk, so do please say hello to me when you see me around the campus or pop into the Meeting House for a chat - you are always welcome.


Mahmoud Bukar-Maina

I grew up in Nguru, Nigeria to a Muslim parent where I attended both Islamic and Western Schools.  I joined Univeristy of Sussex in 2011 for my MSc in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience.  I have completed my PhD in Neuroscience and currently work as a postdoctoral research fellow in Neuroscience/Biochemistry at the School of Life Sciences.  

During my time as a student, I was President of the Nigerian Society, served as a Treasurer of the Islamic Society and a Student Union Ambassador.  I regularly visit Africa where I organise public engagement activities to promote public understanding of science and dispel religious misconceptions about it.


Music in the Meeting

D'Arcy Trinkwon, University Organist is one of the outstanding virtuoso organists of his generation.  He performs in international festivals and concert series around the world giving concerts in Concert Hall, Cathedrals and Churches including televisionand radio broadcsts.  He is also Organist to Worth Abbey

He will perform 45 minutes of music on the last Wednesday of the month during term time at 12pm. 

The Chamber Choir meets on Mondays at 6.15-7.45pm, you are welcome to attend and join if you are interested.