Warren Evans CEO

Warren Evans

Chief Executive Officer

Warren became CEO early in 2015 and gained an MA in Sports Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care in 2016. He is a skilful and resourceful leader who values individuals and loves to see them succeed. Warren is not just passionate about what we do but how and why we do it. Warren was previously Chaplain for the Bradford Bulls and Pastoral Director to the Rugby Football League.

National Directors

Matt Baker

National Director for England & Pastoral Support Director in English Football

Matt has worked as the Pastoral Support Director in English Football since November 2009, which is supported by the Premier League, Professional Footballers’ Association and the English Football League. He has also been Chaplain to Charlton Athletic since 2000.  From 2020, Matt took on the role of National Director developing the work of Sports Chaplaincy UK across England.  Matt is a gifted and excellent communicator and gained his MTh in Christian Doctrine at Spurgeon’s College in 1998.

Martin Lewis

National Director for Wales

Martin has been Chaplain to the Cardiff Blues since 2010 starting with the academy but now also chaplain to the seniors and the whole club. He was selected for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand where he was Chaplain to Namibia. He has also served as a chaplain at other major tournaments including the World Student 7’s and the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Hamburg 2018. Martin is thrilled to be able to play a small part in leading and developing SCUK across Wales where God is doing amazing things. Martin gained an MA in Sports Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care in 2015

Mark Fleming

Mark Fleming

National Director for Scotland

Mark is National Director of Sports Chaplaincy Scotland. Alongside this role, he is an official supplier of mental health awareness training to NHS National Services Scotland and the SPFL Trust/Chris Mitchell Foundation. He has provided in-house mental health awareness training at a range of football clubs and sporting governing bodies such as the English Football Association, Scottish Football Association, Scottish Rugby Union and the Camanachd Association. He has also provided mental health training for a range of other organisations such as Police Scotland, HSBC, SKY and Compassion UK. In his spare time he enjoys watching football as a neutral and hill climbing.

Philip Mitchell

Coordinator for Ireland

With a wealth of experience in professional sport, management, development and consultancy across the globe, Phil now does a fantastic job in developing sports chaplaincy throughout Ireland, training, equipping and supporting sports chaplains across the nation.

Team Leaders

Simon Bailey

National Support Lead to Horse Racing

Simon was appointed Chaplain to Horse Racing in August 2014 carrying on the good work started by the Rev Graham Locking. Simon is based in Newmarket but works with a remit to establish pastoral care teams throughout racing industry towns in the UK. Simon is also a Mental Health England First Aid Qualified Trainer

Mark Blythe

Pastoral Support Hub Lead for Gym and Fitlives

Mark has been involved in sports ministry for many years and helps churches get involved and develop sports activities for their community. Since 2013, Mark has been doing a great working as Fit Lives Co-ordinator of the Gym Chaplaincy team at Xcel Leisure Complex, Walton on Thames, Surrey.

David Chawner

Pastoral Support Lead for Rugby Union and Cricket

Dave started as Club Chaplain for London Wasps in 2001 and soon developed within Sports Chaplaincy UK as Pastoral Director for Rugby Union. In 2011 Dave co-managed the chaplaincy programme at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Since 2012 Dave has been both the Chaplain to Northamptonshire County Cricket Club and the Chair of Trustees of SCUK.

Angy King

Pastoral Support Lead for Women’s Football for England & Wales

Angy has been chaplain to Reading F.C. Women since July 2014. One year later began serving the Wales women’s Under 17, Under 19 and 1st teams in a sports chaplaincy role. Angy gained an MA in Sports Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care in 2016 and she is passionate about helping develop chaplaincy within women’s football in England and Wales.

Nigel Manges

Pastoral Support Lead for South West

Nigel was previously Club Chaplain to Sheffield Utd and was a part of Sheffield Sports Chaplaincy. He is currently Regional Minister for Ministry for the South West Baptist Association, helping to support over 90 churches in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and does a great job developing positive sports chaplaincy across the region.

Phil Mason

Conference Co-ordinator Lead

Phil is Chaplain to Bolton Wanderers F.C. and Head of Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, a gifted leader, communicator and always a helpful port of call. Phil has been instrumental over the past few years in the planning and delivery of professional standard annual conferences.

Ian Nicholson

Pastoral Lead for Lower League Football In England

Ian has been based in the Surrey area for many years and has been the Chaplain of Woking F.C. since 2008; he is now also a Club Director. In addition to his work at Woking, Ian helps to oversee the development of positive sports chaplaincy in clubs outside the English Football League.

Glen Rickard

Glen Rickard

Pastoral Support Lead for Rugby League

Glen is a Wigan lad born and bred and has been chaplain to Wigan Warriors since 2017 and has taken on this new role in 2020. He has been married to Wendy for over 40 years. They have two children and 3 grandchildren, with whom they regularly spend time. Glen is a member of Family Church Billinge and was appointed to the Senior Leadership Team in 2004. He supports with pastoral care work and preaching. Glen’s professional background is Financial Services, from which he is now retired. Relaxation includes cooking, birdwatching, and golf. He also loves to read. Amongst his favourite authors are John Piper, R. T. Kendall, Tim Keller, and C S. Lewis.

Carolyn Skinner

Pastoral Support Lead for Gyms and Fitlives

Carolyn has been an Events Chaplain with Sports Chaplaincy UK since 2007 and has served at Royal Ascot in 2007, Winter Paralympics 2010, Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010, Olympics and Paralympics 2012 and the Commonwealth Games 2014. She also runs ‘Love All, Serve All’, an annual outreach with the Wimbledon tennis queues, as well as being a chaplain at her local gym. Carolyn has been Pastoral Support Lead for Gyms since 2016 which is a rapidly growing area for Sports Chaplaincy UK.

Christian Wienkamp

Pastoral Support Lead for Birmingham & Assistant to The National Director for England

Christian was Chaplain to Gateshead F.C. and gained an MA in Sports Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care in 2016. Christian has a real passion to see sports chaplaincy develop across all sports and levels and was previously overseeing and developing the work of sports chaplaincy throughout the North East of England before taking up his new role in Birmingham in 2020.

Stephen Thompson

North Down & Ards IFA Hub

Stephen does a super job helping coordinating support to North Down & Ards and has been the Chaplain for the Down Area Winter Football League since 2017. In 2019 he took on a sports chaplaincy role with Dungoyne Boys Club.

Andy Burns

Newry & Mourne IFA Hub Lead

Andy has been chaplain to Warrenpoint Football Club for 4 years and this affable Scottish man was chaplain to Dundee United in Scotland prior to that many years . Andy leads the development of chaplaincy in Newry & Mourne from his Annalong base.

Sammy Robinson

South and East Belfast IFA Hub Lead

Sammy is the Chaplain to H&W Welders FC and develops chaplaincy across South and East Belfast. Formerly chaplain to Dunfermline FC when serving in Scotland , he has become a key member of the Sports Chaplaincy team in Northern Ireland.

Andrew Thompson

Lisburn & Castlereagh IFA Hub Lead

Andrew has been a the heartbeat of Sports Chaplaincy for many years with sports chaplaincy having served faithfully as Chaplain to Ulster Rugby for 20 years. In 2019 he became Chaplain to a progressive community club in his own “backyard” Ballymacash Rangers and oversees chaplaincy in Lisburn and Castlereagh.

Jason Scott

Mid Ulster IFA Hub Lead

Jason was chaplain to Dungannon Swifts for over 5 years and is an extremely valuable member of the team overseeing chaplaincy in Mid Ulster where he serves as a pastor

Derek Livingstone

Mid & East Antrim IFA Hub Lead

Derek passionately leads Ambassadors Football in Northern Ireland and has done excellent work taking on the role as Chaplain to the Ballymena Saturday Morning League (BSML) and develops chaplaincy across Mid and East Antrim.

Wilson Beare

Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon IFA Hub Lead

Wilson is Chaplain to Portadown Football Club , his hometown club , having served for 3 years as Chaplain to Portadown FC Academy . He also develops chaplaincy across Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.

Malcolm Ferry

Causeway Coast And Glens IFA Hub Lead

Malcolm is a wise and highly respected Senior Chaplain to Institute FC , having previously served as chaplain to Maiden City Soccer Academy and develops chaplaincy across Causeway Coast and Glens.

Mark Patterson

Belfast Central, IFA Hub Lead

Mark is a highly experienced Chaplain to the Irish FA and develops chaplaincy across Belfast Central. Mark serves a a pastor to Moira Baptist church.

John Loughery

John Loughery

Derry & Strabane IFA Hub Lead

John positively develops sports chaplaincy across Derry and Strabane for the IFA and has a wide interest across all sports in Ireland.

Robert Ginn

Newtownabbey & Antrim IFA Hub Lead

Robert is Club Chaplain to Ballynure Old Boys FC, formerly having served for 2 years at Lisburn Distillery and Chaplain to the IFA Newtownabbey and Antrim Hub. Highly experienced across Hospital and Football chaplaincy over a number of years.

Johnny McKee

North & West Belfast IFA Hub Lead

Johnny is Lead Pastor at New Life City Church and is currently overseeing the sports chaplaincy hub of North & West Belfast.

Brian Harper

Fermanagh & Omagh IFA Hub Lead

Brian is a long serving and highly respected Chaplain to Ballinamallard United FC and develops sports chaplaincy across Fermanagh and Omagh.

Sean Ankers

Sean Ankers

Pastoral Director for Shinty

My name’s Sean, I’m married to Virginia and we live in Drumnadrochit, south of Inverness. Together we are chaplains to the men’s and women’s teams at Glenurquhart Shinty club. We moved here at the start of 2020 from South Lanarkshire, for me to pastor a local church. Having experienced life in villages, towns and cities across Scotland, it’s a privilege to be part of a chaplaincy charity that covers not just the whole of Scotland but the whole of the UK. I make it my prayer for all of us as chaplains, and especially as Shinty chaplains, that God will open doors for us to demonstrate his compassion in our close-knit and loyal sporting communities. Coming alongside people is what we do, and having someone come alongside us and partner with us is just as essential. So, I’m delighted to serve our Shinty chaplains in this role of Pastoral Director, and pray that through it we will all be more enabled to fulfil our calling of practically and humbly sharing God’s love with others.

Stuart Coleman

Stuart Coleman

Lowland Football League Pastoral Director

Stuart has been involved in sports chaplaincy since 2011 when he first became Chaplain to Clyde FC, a team he actually played for from 1994-1997. In his younger days Stuart enjoyed a football playing career where he played at senior, junior and amateur levels in Scotland spanning 15 years. Stuart now serves as Chaplain to Cumbernauld Colts FC who play in the Scottish Lowland League, a role he has held since 2016.

Don Currie

Don Currie

West of Scotland Football League Pastoral Director

Rev Don Currie has been chaplain with Saltcoats Victoria FC since Autumn 2014. He became Pastoral Director late in 2021. Faith, Family & football describe his passions and he considers being a football Chaplain a privilege.

Dereck Grant

Dereck Grant

Highland Football League Pastoral Director

Dereck Grant is married to Gabi Grant, and all three of his children were born in Austria. Dereck is the chaplain for Nairn County, and the pastor for a small Pentecostal church in Nairn. At the same time, he is the Railway Chaplain for the Railway Mission in the north of Scotland.

Jonathan de Groot

Championship Pastoral Director

Jonathan has been chaplain at Partick Thistle, his local team, since 2018. He is minister of Christ Church Glasgow, a church plant of the Free Church of Scotland, in the north west of Glasgow.

Grant Hamilton

Grant Hamilton

SPFL League One Pastoral Director

I am a dad of 3 grown up kids, minister of Dumbarton Baptist Church and have been chaplain of Dumbarton Football Club since 2020. Before that I was Queen of the South chaplain for 6 years. I am also the Divisional Director of chaplaincy for League One in Scotland

Catriona Lamont

Administrator for Sports Chaplaincy Scotland

Catriona is administrator for SCUK in Scotland. She has been chaplain to Hibernian Women since 2015. Recently her husband Derek has become chaplain to Hibernian’s men’s team so they are excited to see what God will continue to do as they serve together with the same club.

Iain MacAskill

SPFL Premiership Division Pastoral Director

Iain has been Chaplain at Ross County since 2009 and currently serves as the SPFL Premiership Division Pastoral Director.
He has recently started a new post with the Free Church of Scotland as Church Planting and Evangelism coordinator covering the North of Scotland.

Allison Macleod

Alison MacLeod

SWPL 2 Pastoral Director

Alison worships at Central Evangelical Church in Kilmarnock. She became chaplain to Kilmarnock Women in February 2019. Recently she has taken on the role of being a Pastoral Director. Fun fact – She never knew anything about football before she started but loves being with other people, offering a listening ear and helping them.

Jennifer Marsella

Jennifer Marsella

SWPL1 and Shinty/Gyms Pastoral Director

Jennifer Marsella. Wife of one. Mother of two. Motherwell Chaplain to many.

Rae Mackenzie

Rae Mackenzie

SPFL League One Pastoral Director

Rae is the pastor of Viewfield Baptist Church in Dunfermline.Having spent 3 years as chaplain to Lossiemouth FC, he has now been at Dunfermline for nearly the same time. He loves Jesus, family, sport and cheese.

Brandon Newman

Pastoral Director for Scottish Basketball

Originally from Texas, Brandon and his family first moved to Scotland in 2008. He began serving as Chaplain for Albion Rovers Football Club in 2015 and was later asked to serve as Pastoral Director for League One of the SPFL. In early 2019 he became the first chaplain involved in Scottish Basketball when he was appointed to the Caledonia Gladiators (formerly Glasgow Rocks) of the British Basketball League. Other passions of his include spending time with his family and cheering on all the Dallas pro sports teams.

James Stout

James Stout

East of Scotland Football League Pastoral Director

I’m James Stout, Pastoral Director for the East of Scotland Football League and currently chaplain at Dunbar Utd, having previously been chaplain at Whitehill Welfare. I’ve been involved with Sports Chaplaincy since 2016 and thoroughly enjoy getting alongside players and staff to offer pastoral support when they need it.

Duncan Strathdee

Duncan Strathdee

SPFL League Two Divisional Pastoral Director

Duncan trained as a Tech Ed teacher, ending up as a Headteacher of a Special School in Edinburgh, before taking up the role of full-time Pastor of Dunblane Christian Fellowship in 1998. Having been a Stirling Albion supporter from an early age and watched his eldest son, Jason, play for the youth and 1st team in the early 90’s, Duncan was delighted to be appointed as Chaplain to the club in 2011.

John Toller

Midland Football League Pastoral Director

Bio coming soon

Chris Armstrong

N Wales Rugby Development Officer

Chris ‘Geordie’ Armstrong. Chaplain at Rhyl Rugby FC. Married 25+ years to Emma (co-chaplain at RRFC). Two grown up sons have flown the nest. Chartered Surveyor. Former Swimming, Ice Hockey and Soccer coach. Loving life in North Wales for 30+ years. It’s about Community & Relationships. Still learning to love God more each day. Psalm 127.

Jon Butler

North Wales Development Officer & Wales Football Lead

Jon lives in Aberystwyth, leading a church plant as a minister with the Assemblies of God Great Britain, having moved with his family from Portsmouth where Jon had served in church leadership and as a Detective in the Police. Jon’s passion for football led to him becoming the Chaplain for Aberystwyth Town Football Club, one of only two clubs to have played in every season of the Cymru Premier (Welsh Premier League) since it was formed in 1992.
In December 2020 Jon became Wales Football Lead for Sports Chaplaincy to build on the great work of placing Chaplains within Football Clubs across Wales.
From February 2021 Jon will be working as the North Wales Development Officer to grow chaplaincy provision within sports clubs and engagement with Churches across the region.

Heather Lewis

Support Lead In Wales Including Disability Sport & Pastoral Care Support For Women In Wales

Heather has served as a chaplain since June 2013 for Disability Sport Wales but more recently as Chaplain to the Cardiff Chief Mixed Ability Rugby and Welsh Gymnastics staff. Heather has also had the privilege to serve as chaplain at some major events such as the International Paralympic Committee’s European Athletics Championships 2014 in Swansea, the World Para Athletics 2017 in London, the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships 2018 in Hamburg and the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast 2018.
She also takes responsibility for providing pastoral support to the female chaplains in Wales and helps develop the work of Sports Chaplaincy UK across Wales.

Helen Lewis

Wales Mental Health First Aide Trainer/Advisor

Helen is currently involved in Sports Chaplaincy UK as the chaplain at Welsh Netball since mid-2017 where she works with both the National squad and the Celtic Dragons Super League team. Outside of her chaplaincy role she is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and is a Mental Health Wales First Aid Qualified Trainer. This has led her to set up her own training company offering Mental Health First Aid training across Wales including within sports chaplaincy.

Gill Camina

Safeguarding Advisor

Gill has a proven track record of working at a senior level in a safeguarding consultancy & training capacity for over a decade at a national and international level of delivering and facilitating effective and challenging change improvements around the safeguarding of children. She has extensive knowledge, skills and experience of assisting organisations to improve their services to children at grassroots level, nationally and internationally in a way that supports quality improvements and benefits for each organisation and key stakeholders.

Delroy Hall

Executive Sponsor for Race

Delroy has served Sheffield United as chaplain since 2017. As well as having been a pastor and senior church leader, he is also a highly qualified and experienced counsellor with over 30 years’ experience in counselling in a variety of settings including universities and the NHS.

In 2013 Delroy was awarded a Doctorate in Pastoral Theology for his work on “Interpersonal conflict in African Caribbean diaspora faith communities”. As part of SCUK’s commitment to the Race at Work Charter he was appointed in 2020 to be Executive Sponsor for Race with a brief to “provide visible leadership on race and ethnicity”