Appointment of a full-time Chaplain for the Deaf in the Diocese of Oxford

The Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing are delighted to be able to announce that, with the Diocese of Oxford, we have appointed a full time Chaplain for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The successful candidate is the Revd Dr Hannah Lewis, currently working in the Diocese of Liverpool and Hannah will take up her new role on the 31st January 2022.

Hannah is currently Interim Minister of a Church in the Diocese of Liverpool, a post that she took up as temporary role, so that she could refresh her experience of parish life.

Before that, between December 2006 and September 2021, she was Pastoral Team Leader and Pioneer Minister among the Deaf Community in the Diocese of Liverpool, a post that was made redundant by the Diocese, for financial reasons, in 2021. Her role then was to engage with the Deaf Community across the Diocese, including five Deaf Churches, to provide chaplaincy services to staff and community members including, but not restricted to, providing worship, including Holy Communion, pastoral care, developing ministries [formal and informal] and other religious and spiritual events and services to support the spiritual and religious development of the  deaf [including deaf blind, hard of hearing and deafened people] across the Diocese of Liverpool, mainly through BSL.

Hannah has also supported parishes to provide access to the deaf community, leading BSL interpreters, pioneering new ways of reaching out to and working with deaf people, provided deaf awareness training and working closely with Diocesan teams to ensure that the needs of the deaf community are included within the work of the diocese and that deaf people have opportunities to contribute to the work of the diocese. She has leadership experience with the deaf ministry team.

She has coordinated and supported a team of BSL interpreters and advises senior diocesan leadership where necessary.

Hannah is also a published author. Her doctoral thesis was published, first, in 2007, and has recently been republished in paperback under the title “Deaf Liberation Theology: explorations in practical, pastoral and empirical theology.”

We are looking forward to welcoming her to the Diocese of Oxford and to working with her for and among the deaf community.