The Venerable Jonathan Chaffey

The Venerable Jonathan Chaffey
jonathan.chaffey@chch.ox.ac.uk
Phone: 
01865 208 263
The Archdeacon

The Venerable Jonathan Chaffey is Archdeacon of Oxford and a Residentiary Canon of Christ Church. A member of both Governing Body and Chapter of Christ Church, his broader responsibilities include support for the clergy, church officers and congregations of Oxford in their Christian service across the city. He also supports the ministry of chaplains and new congregations across the diocese.

Following undergraduate studies and theological education at Durham University, he was ordained to a curacy in Liverpool. This was followed by 28 years as a chaplain in the Royal Air Force, during which time he served in a range of operational, training and support environments, most notably as the Senior UK Military Chaplain in Afghanistan and later as Archdeacon and Chaplain-in-Chief. A graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies, he served for six years as an Honorary Chaplain to The Queen and was appointed a Companion of the Honourable Order of the Bath in the 2018 New Year's Honours List.

Teaching interests include military ethics, the pastoral responsibilities of leadership, engagement across faith communities and the development of spiritual resilience within institutions. A keen sportsman and aspiring flautist, he is married to Jane, herself an ordained priest, with three adult daughters.