Reverend Nigel John

Reverend Nigel John It is with great sadness that the University has learned of the death of our dear friend and colleague, the University's senior chaplain, Reverend Nigel John.

Nigel was tireless in his dedication to the role, and in his service to the University. He will also be remembered for setting up the Theology Public Lecture Programme at the University, which has featured internationally respected Church leaders and world renowned academics. Nigel will be greatly missed by staff and students. Our thoughts at this time are with his wife Trish and their family. 

Books of condolence in memory of Nigel have been opened in the receptions of the Great Hall and Singleton Abbey. 

Father Nigel (almost always addressed as Nigel) was born in Swansea but firmly and squarely considered himself to be a Llanelli man where his family lived and where he was brought up. He was educated at Old Road School and Llanelli Boys Grammar School, before working for some five years as a clerk in the Treasurer's Department with Llanelli Borough Council.

He then committed himself to doing one year's voluntary work, serving at a Residential Centre for the Severely Disabled in N.W. London; subsequently he worked at a Night Shelter for Homeless Alcoholics and Drug Addicts in Stoke on Trent; before serving at a Hospital for Elderly Patients in his home town in South Wales. 

He then studied at Cardiff University where he graduated in Religious Studies. Nigel was later employed as a Senior Project Worker at a Rehabilitation Centre for Homeless Alcoholics in the East End of London, before being accepted for ordination training with the Church in Wales. 

Nigel trained at Westcott House Cambridge where he was based for three years. During his time in Cambridge, he also read for a MPhil Degree in Theology at Cambridge University (Selwyn College). He was ordained at St Davids Cathedral and later worked in parishes and in academic environments. Whilst serving his Curacy in the Parish of St Peter's Carmarthen, Nigel also lectured in the 'Philosophy of Religion' at Trinity College Carmarthen.

He was appointed as the Anglican and Senior Chaplain at Swansea University in 2002. 

Chaplaincy

Our Chaplaincy is staffed by a team of five chaplains from local churches, most within easy reach of Singleton Campus, who  together to support and develop the spiritual life of the University community, regardless of race, status or faith.

The Chaplaincy provides a focal point for worship and opportunities for meeting other Christians.

Our Chaplains are available throughout your time in Swansea and are pleased to welcome you whether you belong to any faith or none, to offer support and friendship.

Regular term time activities include events such as -

  • Holy Communion
  • Free lunches
  • Film Night
  • RC Mass
  • In conjunction with the University, Rev Nigel John hosts Theology Public Lectures on a wide variety of topics given by internationally distinguished people.
  • Inter-Faith Dialogue Forum - discussion between people of different faiths, usually in a social setting


PLEASE SEE THE CHAPLAINCY NOTICE BOARD FOR FURTHER INFORMATION


Biography

The Reverend Nigel John

Senior Chaplain

Reverend Nigel John

Father Nigel (almost always addressed as Nigel) was born in Swansea but firmly and squarely considers himself to be a Llanelli man where his family lived and where he was brought up.  He was educated at Old Road School and Llanelli Boys Grammar School, before working for some five years as a clerk in the Treasurer's Department with Llanelli Borough Council.  He then committed himself to doing one year's voluntary work, serving at a Residential Centre for the Severely Disabled in N.W. London; subsequently he worked at a Night Shelter for Homeless Alcoholics and Drug Addicts in Stoke on Trent; before serving at a Hospital for Elderly Patients in his home town in South Wales.  He then studied at Cardiff University where he graduated in Religious Studies.  Nigel was later employed as a Senior Project Worker at a Rehabilitation Centre for Homeless Alcoholics in the East End of London, before being accepted for ordination training with the Church in Wales.  Nigel trained at Westcott House Cambridge where he was based for three years.  During his time in Cambridge, he also read for a MPhil Degree in Theology at Cambridge University (Selwyn College).  He was ordained at St Davids Cathedral and has since worked in parishes and in academic environments.  Whilst serving his Curacy in the Parish of St Peter's Carmarthen, Nigel also lectured in the 'Philosophy of Religion' at Trinity College Carmarthen.  In 2002, he was appointed as the Anglican and Senior Chaplain at Swansea University.

The Reverend Pete Orphan

Baptist Chaplain

Reverend Pete Orphan

The Reverend Pete Orphan is the Minister of Pantygwydr Church Swansea and the Baptist Chaplain at Swansea University.  Pete was born in Newport, South Wales.  He studied at  the University of Wales Swansea, London Bible College and South Wales Baptist College and has degrees in History and Theology. Over the years, Pete has worked on a farm, as a milkman, in the post office, delivering yellow pages, making pub furniture and driving vans for a living.  He has served as a Churchworker for Bushey Meads Baptist Church (Watford) and in various roles in Pantygwydr Baptist Church over 16 years plus a 3 year part time role as South Wales development worker for a sports chaplaincy charity.  He is also Chaplain to Swansea Rugby Club.

Father Carlito Reyes

Roman Catholic Chaplain

Father Carlito Reyes

Fr Carlito Reyes is a Catholic priest from the Philippines.  He is currently serving at St Benedict Church at Sketty, Swansea.  He worked for two decades as parish priest in urban parishes at Manila.  At the same time he was a lecturer at the University of Manila, a Jesuit University.  For a year he taught at De La Salle University.  He also taught at the post graduate level.  He taught 'Paul' at the Loyola School of Theology, Manila, and New Testament at the Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City.

The Reverend Leslie Jane Noon

Methodist/URC Chaplain

Leslie Noon

Leslie was born in Orpington in South London.  She is married to Geoff.  After attending Coopers Grammar School, doing ‘A’ levels in French, German and History, she went onto the local technical college to do a bi-lingual secretarial course.  On leaving college, she worked for a couple of years in Germany, before returning to the UK where she was employed by the Methodist Church in the Africa Department. 

During this time she was heavily involved in a variety of children’s work in the local church she attended in South London.  When an opportunity came up to work in the Children’s Department of the Methodist Church, she jumped at it, and was involved in producing resources for churches to use in their mid-week work with children.

Her passion for making God relevant and accessible to children grew into a desire to do the same for adults.  She trained and became a lay preacher, with a desire to use language and thoughts that make sense to people today.  From there she trained for the Methodist ministry part-time (while still working) at the South East Institute for Theological Education, where she gained a theology degree through Kent University.

The Methodist Church then stationed her to Huddersfield, where she stayed for seven years, with responsibility for four churches and work amongst children and young people.  During her time there, the work with children and young people developed, as did work among isolated elderly people, a new departure for Leslie.

During her spare time she enjoys eating out with friends and curling up with a book.  However while in Swansea she hopes to make the most of walks along the beach – and may even get a dog!