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Justin Welby 'delighted' to appoint new chaplain

by Heather Preston
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The Archbishop of Canterbury says he is 'delighted' to appoint the Rev Tosin Oladipo as his new chaplain.

The East London parish priest will serve as chaplain to Archbishop Justin and the Lambeth Palace community from July.

As part of his new role, Tosin will focus on developing Archbishop Justin's priority of prayer and the Religious life, particularly through the Community of St Anselm.

It comes following his predecessor's move to a key position advising the Church of England and the House of Bishops. 

Rev Prebendary Dr Isabelle Hamley was appointed as Secretary for Ecumenical Relations and Theology at the Church of England's Council for Christian Unity, and Theological Adviser to the House of Bishops last November.

Prior to his appointment, Rev Oladipo served as a leader at SAINT, a resource church in East London, with a focus on prayer and community outreach. He oversaw the revitalisation of St Mary's Leyton and the provision of hundreds of thousands of meals to those in need during the pandemic. He also developed a digital space to maintain the church's prayer life online.

Speaking of the appointment, Archbishop Justin said he was grateful for the "immense pastoral skills, passion for the Gospel and dedication to prayer" Tosin would bring to the senior team at Lambeth and "looked forward to working alongside him enormously".

Before training for ministry, Tosin worked for 15 years in digital and video tech start-ups. He is married to Angela, a mental health professional.

Rev Oladipo said it will be a "great privilege and an exciting challenge to serve as chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury - to pray for him and his family and to help deliver his priority for prayer and religious life".

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