Meet the Chaplains who make up Good Work
REV STEPHEN ANDREWS
Stephen’s ministry as chaplain sees him working alongside staff within retail, local government (contractors) and the service industry. The main focus of the chaplaincy is to offer an effective service of pastoral care and spirituality in the workplace and continues to reach out to people of all faiths and none.
Stephen has travelled a varied career path which ranges from working with the armed forces as a civilian manager at Bassingbourn Barracks, Hertfordshire, a driving instructor with the British School of Motoring in Norwich, and then moved into the car rental industry where he eventually became main agent in Great Yarmouth for Kenning Car & Van Rental.
In 2001 Stephen was accepted for ministerial training as a Lay Reader in the Church of England and gained Higher Certificate in Theology (accredited by the University of Wales). After being called and selected for training to the priesthood Stephen gained his Diploma in Christian Theology in 2008 (accredited by Anglia Ruskin University). Ordination to the diaconate followed in 2011 and he was ordained priest in September 2012.
REV DR LIVIU BARBU
The County Council has worked with us to appoint the new chaplain. Fr Liviu is a priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Rector of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Norwich, and has worked in Norwich and around for a number of years during which time he has established ecumenical links with the Anglican, Roman-Catholic, United-Reformed, Methodist, and other churches
He is also closely involved with the Norwich Centre for Christian Learning at the Anglican Cathedral where he is a tutor
Liviu has a long-standing interest in spiritual guidance and the relationship between social and spiritual life. In his own words: “I will be there, at Norfolk County Hall, to enable everyone to express their spirituality in their own way and to promote a Christian work ethic balanced by spirituality, prayer, and work. I very much hope that my activity will fit well into the Good Work excellent chaplaincy support in work places”
Jonathan Dunning of UNISON said of Liviu's appointment: “I sat on the interview panel in my trade union role but also represented Good Work. I am as confident as you can ever be that Liviu will be a strong addition to our team of chaplains”
REV CHRIS COPSEY
Chris has been a primary school teacher, Parish Councillor and Chairman of Governors for a large infant and nursery school. Before ordination as a Self Supporting Minister in 2007 she was a Reader for 9 years across 7 rural parishes. Her curacy at St Margaret’s in King's Lynn gave a wide variety to ministry and she continues as part of the ministry team at the Minster. Pastoral work is a very important part of ministry and through Good Work, Chris was Chaplain to Norfolk County Council from 2007-2014, before moving to a chaplaincy with the Matthew Project for 3 years. In 2011 Chris was licensed by the Bishop of Norwich as Chaplain to the Norfolk Coroner, a unique chaplaincy in the UK.
As a Development Worker with Good Work she has worked with several organisations across the Diocese giving advice on appointing a chaplain and organises the annual chaplaincy conference. Chris is also Diocesan Coordinator for the Social, Community and Environmental Concerns Forum and the Ecumenical Criminal Justice Forum and a Board Member of Good Work. She was installed as an Honorary Canon of Norwich Cathedral in November 2017.
Chris with husband Graham is a passionate follower of rugby and they are season ticket holders with Leicester Tigers.
Good Work, 19/07/2013