The Venerable (Air Vice-Marshal) Jonathan P M Chaffey QHC BA MA RAF


The Ven (AVM) 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 then ministered in a variety of support, training and operational environments. In response to the demands of leadership and operations, he set up a series of workshops on listening skills and transitions on several units. He later served as College Chaplain at RAF Cranwell, during which period he introduced the teaching of military ethics within the Officer and Aircrew Training Unit and completed a Masters in Theology. He has also enjoyed a range of detachments as far flung as RAF Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands and the Gulf, as well as service with the Harrier Force on Carriers. From 2007 to 2013 he held a range of chaplaincy portfolios, from training to personnel management, interspersed with two HERRICK deployments and chairmanship of the World Faiths Working Group of the Armed Forces Chaplaincy Policy Board. In 2012 he was appointed an Honorary Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen. Graduating from the Royal College of Defence Studies in July 2014, he then took up his responsibilities as Chaplain-in-Chief and Archdeacon for the RAF. He currently represents the RAF on the General Synod of the Church of England and works to promote the importance of faith in the public arena. Married to Jane, also ordained and employed as a school chaplain, they have three adult daughters. For recreation he is an occasional flautist and enjoys a variety of sports.

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