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Who We Are

RAF Commissioned Chaplains are authorised leaders from the major world religions and provide pastoral and spiritual care for all personnel and their dependants irrespective of religious belief or status.

What We Do

Chaplains provide spiritual support, strength and guidance to service personnel and their families. They are a valuable source of personal well-being and guidance in times of war and peace.

World Faiths

Chaplains provide spiritual support, strength and guidance to service personnel and their families. They are a valuable source of personal well-being and guidance in times of war and peace.

World Faith Chaplains

Mrs Mandeep Kaur (Sikh)

Mr Krishan Attri (Hindu)

Imam Ali Omar (Muslim)

Dr Sunil Kariyakarawana (Buddhist)

Rabbi Reuben Livingstone (Jewish)

Recruitment

If you are investigating whether God is calling you to RAF Chaplaincy then we would like to invite you to spend some time with us on an RAF unit, and meet and talk with serving RAF chaplains as you seek to discern your vocation.

If you are a theological student or minister of religion from one of the MOD’s list of sending churches or endorsing authorities, and you would like to explore this possibility further, then please contact us: 01400 267025 or [email protected] 

If you are interested in joining the Royal Air Force as a Chaplain, RAF Recruitment for more information.

 

Chaplain in Chief and Archdeacon for the Royal Air Force

The Venerable (Air Vice-Marshal) John R Ellis QHC RAF

Following completion of RAF training, John was posted to several RAF stations as a station chaplain whilst also being detached on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In 2010, John was promoted to the relative rank of wing commander, which included working as the Joint Force Senior Chaplain in Afghanistan. In 2015 he was promoted to the relative rank of group captain and became Deputy Chaplain-in-Chief (Personnel) based at HQ Air Command.

In 2017 John became a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. Following his graduation in 2018 he was promoted to the relative rank of Air Vice-Marshal and became the Chaplain-in-Chief and Archdeacon for the Royal Air Force.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

As Chaplain in Chief of the Royal Air Force, I affirm the unique value and worth of every human being and am dedicated to celebrating the diversity that marks our world. Chaplaincy within the armed forces has always sought to minister to human need without discrimination and continues to do so. The chaplains of the Royal Air Force are committed to an all souls ministry, which makes no distinction on the grounds of race, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. As facilitators of the Beliefs and Values programme at Phase 1 and 2 training units, we assist RAF personnel to think deeply about human dignity and behaviour, and use this opportunity to explore the importance of that common human identity. Chaplaincy within the RAF is committed to nurturing and developing an inclusive community,  welcoming to all and constantly seeking new ways of affirming the value that diversity brings.

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