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

National Director for Scotland

Mark became Chaplain to Partick Thistle FC in 1998 and after nine years began gradually to source, train and appoint chaplains at other Scottish football clubs. Today over 110 Scottish football clubs have chaplains and Mark has now begun to develop chaplaincy in other sports such as rugby, shinty and in gyms. Mark gained an MA in Sports Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care in 2016 and is also senior director and trainer with Positive Mental Health Scotland.

Philip Mitchell

National Director for Northern 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 Northern 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Stephen Thompson

Northern Ireland Co-ordinator for Sports Chaplaincy and North Down & Ards IFA Hub

Stephen does a super job as Northern Ireland co-ordinator support to Philip 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.

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 has been 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 in Sport 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 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 , Newry, Mourne And Down IFA Hub Lead

Mark is a highly experienced Chaplain to the Irish FA and develops chaplaincy across Belfast Central and Newry, Mourne and Down, where he serves a a pastor.

Judi McGaffin

Derry & Strabane IFA Hub Lead

Judi 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 in addition to taking on the more recent hugely important role of chaplain to Linfield FC Academy.

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.

Neil Urquhart

Chaplaincy Support Lead in Scottish Sport

Neil was chaplain to Kilmarnock FC for 10 years and has a Certificate in Sports Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care. An international chaplain to the Delhi 2010’s Athletes’ Village (Commonwealth Games) and involved in London 2012 (Olympics & Paralympics) & Glasgow 2014 (CWG), Neil is keen to see sports chaplaincy’s popularity in Scottish football overflow into others sports and sports clubs throughout Scotland.

Catriona Lamont

Administrator for Sports Chaplaincy Scotland

Catriona is administrator for SCUK in Scotland and has also been Chaplain to Hibernian Ladies FC since 2015.

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.

Iain MacAskill

SPFL Premiership Division Pastoral Lead

In 2018 Iain was appointed SPFL Premiership Division Pastoral Lead overseeing and developing chaplaincy for the league as well as supporting existing chaplains. Iain has also been Club Chaplain for Ross County F.C. since 2010.

Jonathan De Groot

SPFL Championship Division Pastoral Lead

Jonathan is the Chaplain at Partick Thistle Football Club in the SPFL Championship. He is also the Championship Division Pastoral Lead for the league.

Brandon Newman

SPFL Division 1 Pastoral Lead

Originally from Texas, Brandon is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and uses fitness and nutrition as a connection point within the community of Anniesland (Glasgow) where he also serves as a chaplain at his local gym. He first began serving as Chaplain for Albion Rovers FC during the 2015 season and made the move to professional basketball during the 2018-19 season by becoming the first Chaplain for the BBL Glasgow Rocks.

Karin Quinn

SWPL Division 1 Pastoral Lead

Karine has been the Chaplain to Celtic Ladies FC since 2014 and is developing chaplaincy across SWPL Division 1.

Vic Cameron

Scottish Highland League Pastoral Head

Vic is Pastor of Moray Grace Fellowship in Lossiemouth and has served as Chaplain to Forres Mechanics F.C. since 2014/15 season. He also has the role of Highland League Pastoral Lead, supporting existing chaplains and overseeing and developing chaplaincy across the league.

Bill Sharp

Scottish Lowland League Pastoral Lead

In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors, Bill is also the Chaplain at East Stirlingshire F.C. His role involves looking after the pastoral care of everyone at The Shire. He is a member of the Falkirk Vineyard Church and does a great job in developing and supporting chaplaincy across the Lowland League.

Duncan Strathdee

SPFL League Two Divisional Pastoral Lead

Duncan is the Stirling Albion F.C. Chaplain and is developing chaplaincy across SPFL League Two.

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.

John Butler

Wales Football Lead

Jon lives in Aberystwyth as a pioneer 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 took on the role of Wales Football Lead for Sports Chaplaincy to build on the great work of placing Chaplains within Football Clubs across Wales.

Steve Jones

UK disability Lead

Steve is an ordained Baptist Minister within the Baptist Unions of Wales and Great Britain. He has served as a volunteer chaplain to the Ospreys since 2008 and in 2013 moved across into a chaplaincy position with their wheelchair rugby team. In 2012 he was one of the accredited Sports Chaplains in the Athletes Village at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Steve is a fluent French speaker and in 2013 served as a chaplain at the World Para Athletics Championships in Lyon, France, attached to team GB. In 2014 Steve served as Chaplaincy Manager at the International Paralympic Committee’s European Athletics Championships in Swansea, Wales, managing an international team of 24 chaplains. He has also served in accredited chaplaincy roles at The World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 2015 in London, the European Blind Football Championships 2015 in Hereford, the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships 2018 in Hamburg and at two Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018. He has done a tremendous job not only in raising the profile of disability sport but also chaplaincy provision across it.

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”

Adam May

Public Relations and Media Co-Ordinator

Adam joined the SCUK team in March 2016 helping the press and communication aspects of the work. Adam is a Communications and Media Consultant, with over 10 years’ experience of liaising with a range of media outlets and speaking as a social affairs commentator in his own right. Adam is passionate about seeing Christian organisations not simply responding to the news but making it with great news stories!