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Durham University

St John's College

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Appointment of a new College Chaplain

(20 February 2019)

St John's College is delighted to announce the appointment of Revd Anna Brooker as part-time Chaplain.

Anna grew up in Liverpool, studied in York and Cambridge and spent many years as a primary teacher in London, alongside lay ministry in her local Anglican church. Her vocation to ordained ministry arose from her work with families and those seeking baptism, and she trained at Ridley Hall, later followed by a masters degree in practical theology at York St John.


She served her curacy in Brentford, within London Diocese, then led a growing church in Isleworth for eight years, also serving as Dean for Women’s Ministry and assistant director of post-ordination training. A sabbatical focusing on Celtic spirituality led her to Scotland and the missionary saints of Iona and Holy Island, which paved the way for a call to serve in Durham. Since 2015 Anna has been priest in charge of three ex-mining villages in Easington deanery, helping to lead the East Durham Mission Project as a tutor for Cranmer Hall. As a result of these experiences, she has recently written ’Mixed Economy Mission: collaborative ministry for multi-church growth’ with Andrew Dunlop, to be published by Grove Books later this year.

In April 2019 Anna will move to become priest in charge of Brancepeth, and shortly after this will take up her post as Chaplain. Anna is married to Nick and they have three adult children and three grandchildren. She enjoys reading, walking (preferably with a dog) and time with friends and family over a cuppa or a good meal.

Anna comments,

‘I am delighted to be continuing at St John’s and look forward to this exciting new role working with students and staff across the whole college. I count it a huge privilege to be called to serve this very special community as Chaplain.’

The Principal of St John’s, Revd Professor David Wilkinson, comments,

‘We are immensely privileged to appoint someone of Anna’s experience and expertise to this post. She already knows the College and will be a great Chaplain – her pastoral skills combine with imagination and care in leading worship and preaching’.

The Warden of Cranmer Hall, Revd Dr Philip Plyming adds:

‘I am delighted that Anna will be continuing at St John’s in a new role as College Chaplain. In her time at Cranmer Hall, Anna has demonstrated enormous pastoral wisdom and spiritual insight. I am so pleased that her gifts will now be offered in the service of the whole college.’

St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.