For more than a century, Oxford students have found the Pastorate chaplains to be men and women of mature Christian faith who are willing to support and encourage young adults in their life and faith journeys. The current Pastorate team continue on this trajectory, seeking through personal contact and occasional events to encourage the flourishing of true lively faith among Oxford's graduate students.
Revd Dr Jonathan Brant is the Oxford Pastorate Chaplain. He wrote a DPhil in Theology at Trinity College, Oxford which drew upon systematic theology, film theory and qualitative research in considering the potential religious impact of contemporary Latin American cinema. The monograph has just been published by Oxford University Press. Prior to coming to Oxford, Jonathan worked for Anglican churches in London and South America. Jonathan is the award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction books which introduce young people to the joys and the mysteries of the Christian faith. He is married to Tricia, has a teenage son, Isaac, and a cocker spaniel named Pepper. (Contact Jonathan)
Emilie Noteboom is pursuing a DPhil degree in Christian Ethics and combines her research with service to the Oxford graduate community as an Associate Chaplain with the Oxford Pastorate. Emilie’s background is in law and she practised law at the bar in Amsterdam for several years. Emilie has also served in missions in places as diverse as Africa, India and South East Asia and she loves meeting new people and learning about cultures. Emilie is originally from the Netherlands but has lived most of her life abroad and feels at home where her friends are. Emilie enjoys all things out-doors, especially rowing, downhill skiing and swimming. Her favourite activity is laughing so hard that it feels like she’s having a work-out. (Contact Emilie)
Kate Seagrave: Before ordination, Kate's background was in modern languages. Prior to moving back to Oxford to work for the Pastorate and St Aldates Church she worked with students from the London Art Colleges, as a part-time university chaplain at London Southbank University, and served as a curate in South West London. When not on duty you can find her training for CrossFit, designing and making knitwear, and enjoying the great outdoors with her nearest and dearest. (Contact Kate)
Luna's background is in Law and Economics and she worked in the Real Estate Industry for several years in Beijing before she came to Oxford for a Master in Sociology degree. She has broad interests and loves inter-disciplinary discussions. Before she started working for the Pastorate she worked with postgraduate students as an apprentice in St Ebbe's Church for two years. She is passionate about people and stories, enjoys traveling and watching movies. She loves cultures and especially collecting jokes from different cultural backgrounds. You might want to count how many times she uses the word "exciting" every day, but that's because she is indeed excited about everything. (Contact Luna)
Administration and Communications
Mary Catherine Stevens is in her third year of living in Oxford. Her husband Syman is working on his DPhil in Philosophy of Physics at Exeter College. Mary Catherine comes to Oxford from the Washington D.C. area, where she spent a few years working as the Director of Event Planning for a non-profit. She enjoys design, events and all sorts of hosting and hospitality. Mary Catherine is grateful for the vibrant community she has found at Oxford and is excited to help others find the same. She enjoys helping run a blog designed to help connect and encourage spouses of graduate students. She spends her time chasing around her toddler daughter, as well as painting, reading and enjoying tea with friends. (Contact Mary Catherine)
The chaplains are supported in their ministry by the Trustees and Council Members who have overall responsibility for the administration and work of the charitable trust. The Trustees are all Senior Members of Oxford University while the Council is a more diverse group composed of academics, Rectors of evangelical Anglican churches of Oxford, and others who have particular gifts or expertise which they are willing to exercise in support of the Pastorate's mission.