Chaplaincy team

Reverend David Evans

Ecumenical Co-ordinating Chaplain

  • Normally in the Chaplaincy Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm
  • Worships at Morice Baptist Church
David has been a Baptist minister since 1988 and the co-ordinating chaplain at Plymouth University since 2003. He enjoys watching England play cricket (most of the time), walking on Dartmoor (except when it rains), and is married with four daughters. In his spare time he is also the minister of Morice Baptist Church.

Richard Poignton

Pentecostal Chaplain

  • Normally in the Chaplaincy on Thursdays

Richard is 35, married with 2 children. He has been involved with Community Churches, Pentecostal and Baptist over the past 29 years of being a Christian. A previous CU leader, housegroup leader, a lay preacher and evangelist. Richard is hoping to start ministerial training soon. He especially loves people and enjoys motor-sport, playing music and coastal walks. He holds an undergraduate degree in Music and helps his wife run a music business.

Reverend Michael Shaw

Baptist Chaplain

  • Normally in the Chaplaincy Thursday 1pm-4pm
  • Minister at Devonport Baptist Church
Micheal is a Baptist Minister for the “Historic Town of Devonport”. He is married to Katie with an adopted daughter and has two dogs. Born and raised in Surrey, he studied in Theology in Bristol, and moved to Plymouth in 2012. He loves cricket, rugby, curry and walks by the sea.

Contact Michael via email at or phone +447958408551.

Mrs Karine Yuen

Chinese Church Chaplain

  • Normally in the Chaplaincy Wednesday 1pm-4pm
  • Moderator of Plymouth Chinese Christian Fellowship (PCCF)
Karine has been the moderator of the Plymouth Chinese Christian Fellowship at Hope Baptist Church in Peverell since it was formed in 1996. She also supervises the Chinese Christian Fellowship group at the Plymouth University. Karine was an IT consultant for many years, but now she is fully committed to PCCF. And is also a volunteer of the Listening Post Team at the University.

Contact Karine via email or by phone +447982231738.

Major Pam Smith 

Salvation Army Chaplain

  • Normally in the Chaplaincy on Mondays 1pm-4pm
  • Officer in the Salvation Army Tavistock
Pamela is an officer in the Salvation Army serving in Tavistock. Pamela loves talking, listening, ice skating, the Russian language and helping at summer youth camps. She would like to be a better cook!

Mrs Ann Jones

Lay Methodist Chaplain

  • Normally in the Chaplaincy Monday 10am-1pm
  • Plymouth Methodist Central Hall
Ann is formerly a nurse with many years’ experience in an acute teaching hospital. She is involved with children’s work, including ‘Open the Book’ and ‘Messy Church’. She has a particular interest in New Tribes Mission and Open Doors, and enjoys walking and travel. She is married to Barry.

Contact Anne via email or phone +44 1752 695218.

Mr Jonny Libby

Methodist Chaplain

  • Normally in the Chaplaincy Thursday 10am-1pm
  • Young Adults Worker at Plymouth Methodist Central Hall
Jonny is married to Denise and has three wonderful kids. He enjoys drinking coffee, reading the Word of God and allowing it to read us (combining the two is great fun). He loves sport and getting outdoors.

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Father Jacek Kostuch

Catholic Chaplain

  • Normally in the Chaplaincy on Fridays 1-4pm

Ann Stevens

Church of England Chaplain
  • Normally in the Chaplaincy on Tuesday morning
Ann is a lay reader in the Church of England. She has lived in Plymouth for 20 years, having moved down from London for a quieter life. She enjoys reading, walking, music, theatre and travelling to New Zealand as often as possible to visit her son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

David Huntley

Interim Anglican Chaplain

  • Normally in the Chaplaincy on Friday mornings

David was Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University for 22 years before retiring in 2009 and becoming an Emeritus Professor. He is a Reader at St. Andrew’s church, in the centre of town. He is also a trustee of the charity ‘Christians in Science’ which aims to demonstrate that science and religion are complementary rather than mutually exclusive, by hosting local and national public lectures and other events. In his spare time he enjoys playing music, cycling and looking after grandchildren!

Hannah Forrest

Chaplaincy Assistant

Hannah is currently in her final year studying Psychology. She worships at the Catholic Church of Christ the King and enjoys cooking, long walks and singing in the choir.

James Baxter

Chaplaincy Assistant

James is studying MSc Marine Renewable Energy, will be graduating in 2018, and works part-time as a Chaplaincy Assistant and Student Ambassador.

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