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Chaplains

Our SFRS Chaplains are available to support all of us at any time. They welcome contact from operational staff, support staff, volunteers, members of your family or anyone in the community who needs a sympathetic listening ear in complete confidence.

Their support is not about religion or trying to convert, they are simply good people with excellent listening skills wanting to help others through a difficult time.

Rev. Andrew Wragg

Rev. Andrew Wragg

I am Lead Chaplain covering Leek, Biddulph, Longnor and Ipstones. I also cover any station that may not currently have chaplaincy support.

I have been a Chaplain for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for 4 years and offer support to all operational front line and support staff. This also extends to members of our communities who access our stations.

The benefits to being a Chaplain are that I can support people in many areas and be that extra independent support network when called upon. I have spent many years in the National Health Service alongside my Church Ministry. I am a proud father to a wonderful teenage daughter and in my spare time I enjoy walks in the countryside, darts and playing snooker.

Tel: 07407 708321
Email: andrew.wragg2@googlemail.com

David Lawrence

Rev. David Lawrence

I have been a Chaplain for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for over 7 years and I’m based at Stafford Fire Station. I count it a real privilege to be their chaplain.

I am also the minister of Harvest Community Church and continue to be excited about my Mission in Stafford. The challenges and needs me and my wife Elaine meet daily in Stafford is motivation enough as we are passionate about the community in Stafford.

I have been married since 1991 and we are parents to three amazing grown up children, and three equally fabulous grandchildren! This may sadden the uninspired, but my hobbies are golf and watching my beloved football team, Liverpool!

Tel: 07763 281904
Email: david@hccstafford.org

Geoff Bond

Geoff Bond

I have been a Chaplain for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for nearly 4 years and cover Leek, Biddulph, Longnor and Ipstones.

I work for The Methodist Church in Britain as the Regional Coordinator of the West Midlands Regional Learning Network and have a Masters in Theology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, as well as being a qualified and registered Social Worker.

I lead a new Church ‘The Gathering’ which is currently online and in Leek. I am also an elected District Councillor where I live in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

I’m married to Sarah with two grown-up children and two granddaughters. In my spare time I enjoy fly fishing.

Tel: 07888 680949
Email: geoffbond@sky.com 

Fr Martin Bishop

Fr Martin Bishop

I have been a Chaplain with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for nearly 6 years and I’m based at Longton Fire Station.

I am an Independent/Freelance Christian Minister within the Lichfield Diocese of Church of England. Licenced as an Authorised Lay Minister and a Lay Funeral Minister. As well as the Fire Service, I volunteer with SSRP "Think Bike team", The Salvation Army, Stone Alzheimer's, NABD (National association for bikers with disability) and CVM (Christian vision for men).

I was also previously an international athlete running in both the World and European mountain racing championships.

I've trekked extensively in the Himalayas as well as in Morocco, Madagascar, Bulgaria, Armenia, Spain and Portugal and still cycle between 150-200 miles each week, but have not raced for 16 years.

Tel: 07787 893409
Email: father.martin55@gmail.com 

Simon Douglas

Rev. Simon Douglas

I have been Chaplain at Bilbrook and Codsall for 4 years. Prior to that I was Chaplain in West Midlands Fire Service for 3 years.

Chaplaincy is about being someone outside the system, to whom anyone can turn, celebrating the joys of life, as well as the challenges and the task of being a firefighter. Although I am a Christian, chaplaincy is not about pushing any religion or philosophy, but being there to talk to and to listen, and it has been a huge privilege to be called upon in challenging circumstances.

When I’m not on station, I am vicar of two churches, in Aldersley and Bilbrook. My wife works in education, and we have four children. I am passionate about the outdoors, rugby, cycling and board games.

Tel: 07935 036045
Email: simon@sdouglas.org 

Wendy Heath

Rev. Wendy Heath

I have been a Chaplain since 2000 when I was ordained as a priest in the Church of England and lived in Brereton. I then moved to Essington and reluctantly gave up my chaplaincy at Rugeley Station, subsequently taking up the position of Chaplain at Cannock Station.

I am now also a police chaplain at HQ in Stafford, something that I really enjoy.  

Pastoral work and caring for others is intrinsically in my bones and I hope to continue this as part of my call to ministry in the service of our Lord, to people of faith and of none.

I am married with two daughters and three wonderful grandsons. We have a rescue dog Charlie, age 3, who is mischievous and we love him so much.

Tel: 07803 359552
Email: wendtherev@hotmail.com 

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