Passiontide 2017

Chapel: People

The Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones
The Chaplain

The Revd Canon Dr Simon Jones has been Chaplain of Merton since 2002. As well as being responsible for the day to day life of the Chapel, Simon also co-ordinates the various College welfare bodies and convenes the College's Student Support Committee and Chapel & Patronage Committee. He is always happy to speak in confidence with any member of College (regardless of religious affiliation) concerning any matter. Simon is currently on secondment as interim Dean of Lincoln. 

电子邮件: Simon Jones
Telephone: 01865 276365.


Before coming to Merton, Simon served his curacy at Tewkesbury AbbeyDiocese of Gloucester. He trained for ordination at Westcott House in Cambridge and, as a member of Selwyn College, completed a PhD in Syrian baptismal theology. His current research interests include recent revisions of Anglican baptismal rites, Gregory Dix 和 origin and development of marriage rites. He is a member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission, 和 Oxford Diocesan Liturgical Committee. He was installed as an Honorary Canon of Christ Church in 2015 and as a Wiccamical Prebendary (Honorary Canon Theologian) of Chichester Cathedral in February 2016.

The Revd Canon Chris Collingwood
The Acting Chaplain

The Revd Canon Dr Christopher Collingwood joins Merton for Trinity Term 2023 as Acting Chaplain while Simon Jones is on secondment as interim Dean of Lincoln. Chris is responsible for the day to day life of the Chapel in Simon's absence. He is always happy to speak in confidence with any member of College (regardless of religious affiliation) concerning any matter.

电子邮件: Chris Collingwood
Telephone: 01865 276365.


Chris is Canon Emeritus of York Minster, where he was Canon Residentiary and Chancellor from 2013 until his retirement in 2020. In that capacity he had oversight of learning, outreach 和 Cathedral’s collections, as well as sharing with other members of Chapter 在 governance of the Minster. As well as being an experienced spiritual director and retreat leader 在 Christian tradition, Chris is also an authorised Zen teacher and is a member of the White Plum Asanga, an international association of Zen teachers founded 在 USA. He is the author of two books, The Divine Dance of Love and Zen Wisdom for Christians and is delighted to be ‘standing in’ for Simon, while Simon is on secondment as Interim Dean of Lincoln.

The Revd Lyndon Webb
Associate Chaplain and Career Development Researcher

The Revd Lyndon Webb is Associate Chaplain and Career Development Researcher. Lyndon has particular responsibility for pastoral care with在 Chapel community, for leading discussion groups, and developing new initiatives.

电子邮件: Lyndon Webb
Telephone: 01865 276297.


Originally a modern linguist, prior to training Lyndon spent four years living in intentional communities in Dorset with a particular focus on ecology, conservation 和 relationship between gardening and mental health for those in recovery from addictive behaviours.  Lyndon subsequently trained for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon, where he completed a BA in Theology and MSt in Modern Doctrine at Oxford, before returning to Dorset to serve his curacy 在 parish of St John’s Church, Broadstone. Alongside his pastoral and liturgical role at Merton, Lyndon will also be working on a PhD in ecology, queer theology 和 Song of Songs in conjunction with Sarum College, Salisbury and Winchester University.

Benjamin Nicholas
Reed Rubin Organist & Director of College Music

Benjamin Nicholas is responsible for all the music in Chapel, directing and training the College ChoirChoristers. Ben is also a College Lecturer in Music teaching undergraduates in all year groups. As Director of College Music, Ben encourages music-making across the College.

电子邮件: Benjamin Nicholas


Benjamin Nicholas is Reed Rubin Organist & Director of Music at Merton, and Principal Conductor of The Oxford Bach Choir. As a conductor he has appeared with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The BBC Singers and The Holst Singers in works such as Elgar’s The Apostles, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Holst’s Savitri and Verdi’s Requiem.

During Benjamin’s time at Merton, the annual Passiontide at Merton festival has been established, the Dobson Organ has been installed, and the College Girls’ Choir has been founded. He was elected a Bodley Fellow in 2018. 

Benjamin has been involved 在 commissioning of a great many works, and conducted the premieres of Charlotte Bray’s Bach RE:Imagined in Southwark Cathedral with the City of London Sinfonia, Howard Goodall’s Veni Sancte Spiritus in Westminster Abbey and numerous choral works by Kerry Andrew, Birtwistle, Chilcott, Dove, Jackson, MacMillan, Martin, Muhly, Tabakova, Weir, and Wilby in Tewkesbury and Oxford.

Benjamin was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral before being appointed Organ Scholar of Chichester Cathedral at the age of 17. 他继续保持器官奖学金 Lincoln College, Oxford and St Paul's Cathedral before becoming Director of Music at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea in 2000. Prior to moving to Merton, he was Director of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum and Director of Choral Music at Dean Close School. From 2011 to 2016 he served the Edington Music Festival, firstly as conductor of the Schola 和n as Festival Director.

Chapel Office and Choir Manager

Lizzie Casey manages the Choral Foundation and is responsible for the management of both the Choir of Merton College 和 Merton College Girl Choristers. Lizzie is also the Chaplain’s PA and provides administrative 支持 for the Chapel.

电子邮件: Lizzie Casey


教堂司事: Leah Collins. Leah is currently on maternity leave. Jen Crompton is covering Leah's maternity leave; they are responsible for the daily running and upkeep of the Chapel. They help with the organisation and setting up of services, as well as overseeing concerts and outside events.

Chapel Officers

A number of students assist with the running of the Chapel. They welcome people to services and give out books, light candles, read, serve at the Eucharist, and are also represented on the College’s Chapel & Patronage Committee.

Student Chapel Officers: George Adams, Ebube Akojie, Tom Allen, Antonia Anstatt, Benjamin Atkinson, Susie Barrows, Luke Bateman, Alex Brown, Roheena Buckland, Eleanor Clark, Marcus Gamble, Ellie Garrigan Mattar, Hollie Goodwin, Carl Haller, Elisabeth Ilgner, Rachel Jung, Francesca Lovell-Read, Jared Martin, Camilo Mosquera, Jana Nedelkoska, Lukas Ruediger, Audrey Southgate, and Michael Zajac.

Pastoral Assistant: Josie Godfrey

Livestreaming technicians: Sebastian Dows-Miller, Joseph Clarke, Ruby Doran Meira, Penny Hilder Jarvis, and Shiv Mandal.