Meet our team of chaplains
Our team of chaplains are people of faith who have a heart for others in Bolton Town Centre.
Keith Armstrong is our coordinating chaplain which is a paid, part-time role funded by grants from different church denominations and trust funds. Keith is based at the Hub on Bold St in Bolton on Mondays and Tuesdays and he splits his time visiting staff in 2 areas of the town centre, attending meetings or events and working in the office.
We also have 6 volunteer chaplains who come into town on a regular basis, typically for two to three hours a week.They each have our their own area of the town where they can visit regularly and build relationships with the people who work there. Very often, conversations in shops, offices and stores may be nothing more than passing the time of day with staff — but it is these constant and repeated contacts that build trust in the chaplain so that, when people do go through difficulties or have concerns and worries, they have someone who they can talk to, who will get alongside them and help share their burdens.
I have been the co-ordinating chaplain at the Bolton Town Centre Chaplaincy since October 2014 and previously worked as a primary school teacher for over 22 years. I was born in Bolton and have lived here most of my life- with my wife, Sue, and our children Emily and Danny. I attend the Bridge Church in Bolton where I lead a life group and a stewarding team, and help at the Jobs Club, ‘Storehouse’ foodbank and the community cafe. I enjoy playing badminton, organising church walks, kayaking and watching Bolton Wanderers! In my role as chaplain I serve the retail sector in parts of Newport Street, the food stalls and outside stalls of Bolton Market and Crompton Place shopping centre.
I am a Methodist local preacher and elder at ChristChurch, Little Lever nr Bolton. I also have other roles within the church such as Wedding Registrar and steward in charge of funerals. I am also the Interfaith Officer for the Bolton and Rochdale Methodist District. I am retired, married and have 2 children both of which have left home now. In my spare time I enjoy reading, fishing and going to the gym! In my role as a chaplain in the town centre I serve the retail sector in parts of Newport Street, Deansgate and Market Street.
I am an ex Local Government Officer and Computer Operations Manager. I live in Bolton with my husband, Geoff and our daughter, Rebekah. In my church life I have held numerous roles including being a Sunday School leader for over 30 years at Bolton Methodist Mission, Victoria Hall where earlier generations of my family have attended since its opening in 1900! I am currently a Circuit Steward and Worship Leader at church and I am also on the management of STEPS, a charity supporting people with mental health problems. I have been a volunteer town centre chaplain in Bolton since 2009 and have a particular ministry within the Market Place shopping centre.
I graduated form the University of Manchester in 2011 with a degree in Religions and Theology (Bible studies). I then went on to undertake a Masters Degree in Library and Information Management. I have recently started work at Middlebrook Business Park. I am currently training to be a Local Preacher and I am an active member of Bolton Methodist Mission, Victoria Hall. My interests include reading, family history research and playing computer games! I also belong to a drama group and have taken part in ‘Passion for Bolton’ productions both on and off stage. As a chaplain I serve the Market Place shopping centre.
I began my role as retail chaplain to shops and businesses on Deansgate in Jan 2017.
I began volunteering as a Town Centre Chaplain in Autumn 2020 and cover the many shops and businesses in Crompton Place Shopping Centre and in St Andrew’s Court. I have been a member of the Salvation Army for many years during which time I have had experience in many different roles.
Karen began role as volunteer town centre chaplain to the staff in Crompton Place and St Andrews court in Jan 2017. We were very shocked and saddened by news of Karen’s death in April 2020. She was a wonderfully enthusiastic and caring person and will be greatly missed by all of the chaplaincy team and the many staff members in the town centre who she got to know during her time as a volunteer chaplain.