The Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John, has announced the appointment of the Reverend Nathan Jarvis as Chaplain for Bangor University and an Honorary Canon of St. Deiniol’s Cathedral, Bangor.
Nathan will be part of the Bro Deiniol and Cathedral Ministry Team, which is led by the Dean of Bangor, the Very Rev’d Kathy Jones.
Nathan grew up in Yorkshire and left for Oxford in 1994 to study English at Oxford Brookes University. After almost ten years as a marketing manager in academic publishing, he decided to test out his vocation by studying for an MA in Pastoral Studies at The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He then went on to study for the priesthood at St Stephen’s House, Oxford.
He was ordained in Durham Cathedral and was a curate in Hartlepool. His first incumbency was in inner city Birmingham. Nathan is currently Vicar of three rural parishes in Oxford Diocese – Yarnton, Begbroke and Shipton – as well as being chaplain to the LVS School for children on the autistic spectrum.
His liturgical and theological interests include how we can best see the Eucharist as a tool for evangelism, and how to reach people on the margins of worshipping communities.
Nathan is passionate about the environment, is completely dog crazy and confesses to being in love with North Wales. His partner Daniel is a conservation scientist, and they and their two adopted sons, aged 7 and 8, can’t wait to explore Bangor and spend more time in the mountains.
Nathan said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Diocese of Bangor and to be working with Dean Kathy and the Cathedral Chapter. I look forward to getting to know the University, Bro Deiniol Ministry Area, and to really get to grips with my Welsh learning! It is an exciting time for us all!”
Reflecting on Nathan’s move, the Bishop of Dorchester – the Right Reverend Colin Fletcher – said, “Nathan has done a good job as my local parish priest over recent years and I warmly commend him for this new role. He and his family come with the love and prayers of the Oxford Diocese.”
The Dean of Bangor – the Very Rev’d Kathy Jones – said, “It will be a pleasure to minister with Nathan. He brings gifts and talents which will not only be a great benefit to the Ministry Team here in Bro Deiniol, but also to the students of our city, alongside whom he will be ministering. The Diocese of Bangor is most grateful to the St. Mary’s College Trust, whose generosity has enabled us to fund the University Chaplain’s role.”
The Bishop of Bangor – the Right Reverend Andy John – said: “I warmly welcome Nathan’s appointment and pray that he and his family will enjoy their life and ministry here in Bangor. Nathan’s role is one which offers new, exciting and challenging opportunities for ministry and outreach. I’m really looking forward to seeing how God will work through him and his ministry. Please do pray for Nathan, Daniel and their family, and also for the people and communities that they will be leaving behind.”
The service to celebrate the start of Nathan’s ministry will be part of Evensong in Bangor Cathedral on Sunday 21st January 2018, at 3:15pm.