Meet the Chaplains who make up Good Work
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.