Who got that job?

September 17, 2004

Job advertised in The Times Higher , January 30 2004

At Gloucester University, the chaplaincy plays an important role in student life and complements other support services provided by the university.

"This is my first senior post," explains the Reverend Pete Sainsbury, a new chaplain at the university - one of a team of three.

"I was attracted to the job because of the strong commitment to the post from the university, and a good tradition of engagement between the chaplaincy and the rest of campus," he says.

"While we are part of the university structures, we do stand apart and offer independent opinion, support and critique for the pastoral needs of the students," he adds.

After leaving a job as a professional musician with an acid jazz band working around London, he spent three years working in youth ministry before training for ordination in Poole.

The chaplaincy is always ready to engage with students to explore aspects of their life beyond university.

Mr Sainsbury says: "Our job is to present the Christian faith and to support the faith needs of students from other traditions.

"As a Christian minister, I believe it is important that we have an open attitude and are not labelled as mad fundamentalists."

While doing his masters in theology and mission at King's College London during his religious training, Mr Sainsbury became convinced of the need to engage with young adults, rather than to head off to a comfortable rural parish.

"I've been involved in music and worship since my teens. This job is my ultimate fulfilment. It is one of the most interesting ways to share my faith with others in a public context," he says.

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