Reverend (Group Captain) Jonathan P M Chaffey QHC MA BA RAF
Rev (Gp Capt) Jonathan Chaffey joined the Royal Air Force in 1990, following a curacy within the Diocese of Liverpool. Posted first to RAF Lyneham during the Gulf War, he has since served at a variety of support, training and operational stations, including RAF Stafford, RAF Finningley, RAF Wittering, RAF Cranwell, RAF Waddington and RAF Lossiemouth. He has also enjoyed a range of deployments, to detachments as far flung as RAF Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands, Al Udeid and Gioia del Colle, as well as service with the Harrier Force on HMS Invincible. His ministry amongst deployed personnel led him to establish a series of courses on listening skills in the workplace and the human factors of deployments. From 2004 to 2007 he was College Staff Chaplain at RAF Cranwell, teaching the Beliefs and Values Programme and initiating the Care in Leadership Course for officer cadets. Since 2007 he has served at HQ Chaplaincy Services in Air Command, first in a training role then, following 2 tours on Op HERRICK, in overseeing the delivery of chaplaincy on operations and operational units. He was recently selected to succeed Padre Pentland as Chaplain-in-Chief and will take over the role in July 2014 following attendance at the Royal College of Defence Studies.
He is married to Jane, also ordained as a priest and currently a school chaplain, and they have three daughters. His interests include a variety of sports, especially running, skiing and golf, playing the flute and reading historical biographies.