The Venerable Jonathan Gough

The Venerable Jonathan Gough

The Venerable Jonathan Gough grew up in rural Devon and trained for ordination at Lampeter and Oxford. He was a curate in North Devon and in Gloucester, before joining the Royal Army Chaplains Department in 1989. He served as an Army chaplain in garrisons and training units in the UK and in Germany, and deployed with soldiers on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo. His service included tours of duty as Senior Chaplain to Catterick Garrison, and to the Army Foundation College, Harrogate.

In 2001 he left the Regular Army to become Ecumenical Secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, working for both Dr George Carey and Dr Rowan Williams. At the end of this time he was appointed an Honorary Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Nicosia.

In 2005 he returned to regular military service, deploying to Iraq, and later to Afghanistan as the Senior Chaplain to the British Forces. He returned to northern England as the regional senior chaplain for Yorkshire and the North East in 2011-14. His final post in the Army was as Assistant Chaplain General at Headquarters Regional Command, based in Aldershot.

Jonathan was collated and installed as Archdeacon of Richmond and Craven on 10 March 2019. He is deeply committed to supporting the Church of England’s ministry in rural areas, and to enabling the development of mission in local settings.

Jonathan’s interests include the countryside, history, ecumenism (and the history of ecumenism), classical and baroque music, and fly-fishing.

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