Doug Chaplin

Discipleship and Lay Training Officer

01905 732817

Doug Chaplin at a Reader Licensing service

Main responsibilities

As Lay Training and Discipleship Officer my main areas of work are: 

  1. Encouraging and helping parishes to see how they can best grow, develop and nurture the everyday faith of their worshippers through the week as well as on Sundays.
  2. Provide or signpost helpful training and resources that meet what our parishes and laity say they need.
  3. Organise, oversee and help deliver our training for Authorised Lay Ministers.
  4. Oversee and help deliver our training for Licensed Lay Ministers (Readers) in partnership with the Queen's Foundation, where I am also an associate member of staff.

About me

I served as a parish priest for over 25 years, before moving to work as Mission Development Officer in the diocese in 2013. In 2019, following reorganisation, I took up my present role. Most Sundays, I serve as a "locum" for parishes without a vicar.

I am enthusiastic about enabling adult learning, especially in relation to biblical studies, worship and liturgy, and exploring faith in a changing society, but also as a sideline in using IT to communicate well. Ironically, while I usually do quite well putting theological ideas into everyday English, I have been known to sound incomprehensibly geeky when discussing PowerPoint, Photoshop, fonts and DTP software.

I enjoy photography, reading, cinema, and a good pint, as well as the company of friends.