Diocese of Chichester

The Department for Apostolic Life brings together several areas of responsibility at Church House whose primary aim is to support parishes and individuals in their ‘apostolic’ life and ‘mission’ activities.

The overall team is headed by the Revd Canon Rebecca Swyer, and the principal areas of support include:

  • Youth, children and family work
  • Lay ministry
  • Ordained ministry
  • Parish life
  • Strategy

Director for Apostolic Life

The Revd Canon Rebecca Swyer

Head of department, encompassing the Director of Ministry role. Rebecca has oversight of the training and assessment of curates (IME 2), support for curates moving to a post of first responsibility and of initial and ongoing training and support for Training Incumbents.

Parish Development Officer and Deputy Director for Apostolic Life

The Revd Canon Rob Dillingham

Deputy head of department. Rob works with churches and PCCs in several ways: producing a vision for the future; PCC / leadership team training; 1 to 1 coaching and consultancy on managing change within the parish; consultancy around church growth and apostolic partnerships and the implementation of the Diocesan Strategy.

Executive Secretary

Luci Fievet

Administrative role supporting the Director and Deputy Director for Apostolic Life

Parish Adviser (Finance, Stewardship and Governance - This role is part funded by the National Church of England)

Sarah Rogers

Sarah provides: information on strategic stewardship initiatives, information and awareness of the Parish Giving Scheme; assistance with resources and signing-up for PGS; information and awareness of contactless giving as a future replacement for cash giving and information and awareness of legacy giving. Sarah also operates a help-line for PCC members to answer questions on finance, governance and stewardship.

Programme Delivery Manager (Full Time Role Funded by the Strategic Development Fund)

Stuart Britton

the SDF programme manager role is a church commissioners funded post and who’s purpose is to oversee and manage the SDF projects grants ( £2.4 million). This involves working closely with St Peters, Brighton and All Saints, Hove to ensure the project progress according to plan and the monies spent are accounted for.

Parish Development Officer (0.5 Post Funded by Chichester Cathedral)

The Revd Dr Jack Dunn

Jack works as half time parish development officer within the diocese, alongside Rob, his role is to support clergy and Pcc’s to grow their churches so that more people can come to know, love and follow Jesus.

Generous Giving Adviser (0.8 Role Funded in Whole by the National Church of England)

The Revd Andrew Smith

as generous giving adviser, Andrew’s role is to support clergy to develop a culture of generous giving within the diocese. He will do this through providing resources both theological and practical to encourage congregations and communities to be more generous in the giving of time, money and resources.

Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO)

The Revd Dr Keir Shreeves

Keir has oversight of the discernment and selection process for those exploring a call to ordained ministry or the religious life. He offers advice to incumbents and encouragement to congregations about this. He has oversight of the initial training and formation of ordinands (IME 1) and diocesan and national strategies and events concerned with vocations to ordained ministry.

Deputy Diocesan Director of Ordinands (Deputy DDO) (0.5 Role)

The Revd Robert Norbury


Wendy Greenan

PA to the DDO and Deputy DDO. Wendy also prepares BAP grant applications and additional funding for Ordinands in training.

Officer for Lay Vocations and Ministry

The Revd Jayne Prestwood

Jayne oversees the Living Faith discipleship course and the selection, training and resourcing for Readers and Authorised Lay Ministries. She works collaboratively with the Parish Development Officer in the support and resourcing for parish lay champions (from the Setting God’s People Free initiative).

PA to Officer for Lay Vocation and Ministry and Diocesan Youth Officer

Samantha Grennan

Administrative support for Lay Vocation and Ministry, and for Youth and Children. Samantha also oversees the process of authorising Lay Ministers of Holy Communion. 

Diocesan Youth Officer

Dan Jenkins

Dan runs May Camp and Mini May Camp and offers one to one support for churches and youth workers in relation to strategy and funding (including the Mission Fund) and a range of training events relating to youth work. He produces a regular e-news list and has a lending library of books, games and large play resources.

Head of Wellbeing for Clergy and Families (0.8 Role Funded by the B. Wild Fund)

Laura Steven

Laura oversees the Wellbeing for Clergy and Families service providing mental health and wellbeing support in the form of short-term counselling, traumatic event debriefing, Reflective Practice Groups, and workshops on topics such as: Managing Anxiety, Mental Health Awareness, Avoiding Burnout and Women’s Health.

Further details and resources can be found here https://www.chichester.anglican.org/wellbeing-for-clergy-and-families/

CMD Officer (0.5 Role)

The Revd Dr Earl Collins

Earl organises and delivers a range of appropriate training courses for clergy in response to ministerial objectives identified through MDR.

MDR and CMD Administrator

Ruth McBrien

Ruth administers the Ministerial Development Review (MDR) scheme for all licensed clergy, grants for clergy to attend training events/conferences and to undertake courses of study, Extended Ministerial Development Leave (EMDL) and Study Leave. She produces a Training Brochure that includes courses and study days for clergy and licensed lay ministers.

Diocesan Environmental Officer (Voluntary Role)

The Revd Debbie Beer

Rural Officer (0.5 Role Funded by the Ashburnham Giving Trust)

The Revd Gary Cregeen

Young Vocations Champion (Voluntary Role)

The Revd Tom Robson

Bishop's Advisor for Self Supporting Ministry (SSM)

The Revd Lucy Hollingsworth

Serving as an advocate for SSM ministry in the diocese alongside being licensed to the Deanery of Lewes and Seaford and working as a solicitor four days a week.

Vocations Adviser - West (Voluntary Role)

Mother Jessica Reid

Vocations Adviser - East (Voluntary Role)

The Revd Tim Bell