2015 marked an exciting milestone in Chaplaincy history, it was 10 years since Blackburn Diocese employed its first secondary school/academy based Chaplain, a model that has been used across the country. We are proud of the way that these roles have grown and developed and we are excited by the many opportunities we continue to have to share God’s life transforming love with children and young people. Please take some time to find out more about the current fantastic team of Chaplains…


Sam Cheesman

Youth Worker/Chaplain at Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy, Lancaster

01524 64496



Sam has worked at Ripley St Thomas since September 2011, he is currently training for ordination whilst working full time at Ripley. One of the current projects he’s helping to head up is the Diocesan Youth Trip to our link Diocese – The Diocese of the Free State in South Africa.

Joe Houghton

Youth Worker/Chaplain at Archbishop Temple School, Preston

01772 717782



Joe has just joined us after leading youth work at a church in Sheffield. He is really excited to serve the pupils and staff at Archbishop Temple, carrying on the good work of his predecessor.


Tabitha Smith

Youth Worker/Chaplain at St Wilfrid’s Church of England Academy

01254 604000 ext. 357


Tabitha started working at St. Wilfrid’s in September 2015. She’s been involved in work with children and young people for several years in both churches and schools and is excited about this new opportunity. She’ll be involved in helping to plan and lead Sanctuary in addition to work in and around St. Wilfrid’s.

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Dan Bishop

Christian Youth Worker at St Michael’s Church of England High School, Chorley

01257 264740


Dan has been working at St Michael’s since April 2014, he is famous around the school for walking in everyday playing his ukulele, and amongst many other projects Dan has established a young people’s worship band at the school.

Fiona Conway

Youth Worker/Chaplain at Balshaw’s Church of England High School & Runshaw College, Leyland

01772 421009




Fiona is very much a Lancashire lass, looking forward to returning to her roots after a short spell down South. She spent the last couple of years on the Associate Scheme at St Helen’s, Bishopgate, and is excited to put her training into practice by speaking to young people about Jesus.

Helen Houston

Youth Worker/Chaplain at St George’s School, Blackpool

01253 316725 ext. 241


Helen has been working at St George’s since September 2012 and is currently the only ordained member of the team. She has a varied and rich ministry based at St George’s. She’s recently started a Christian based bereavement course for a small group of students.

Opa Geibel

Christian Youth Worker at St Aidan’s Church of England Technology College, Preesall and surrounding parishes.

01253 810504


Opa began working at St Aidan’s in September 2013. His role is split between supporting and developing the youth work provisions in several local rural parishes and his chaplaincy work in school. In addition to this he sometimes helps out lending his skills in woodwork and German.