The Youth Team

The Diocesan Youth Team serve the Church of England in Lancashire, working with parishes, schools and other ecumenical organisations to engage young people and young adults in being; disciples of Jesus Christ, witnesses to his love in their lives, and empowering them to be who God has made and called them to be, including taking a lead now and in the future. The team is made up of a number of different youth work professionals who fulfil a variety of roles to best meet these core aims.

Ben Green

Diocesan Youth Advisor

01254 503407


Lindsay Wright

Digital Media and Resource

01254 503409


For the past 12 years Blackburn Diocese has employed secondary school/academy based Youth Worker Chaplains, a model that has since been replicated across the country. We are proud of the impact that these such roles have had in the lives of young people across the diocese and we are excited about the continuing opportunities we have to share God’s life transforming love those who attend our Church of England schools and academies. Our current schools-based team ministering in Lancashire are:

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 Halliwell

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.

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.

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.


As a youth team we consider part of our calling to be to “equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12).