Chaplaincy Team

PATIENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT MANAGER (Spiritual Care)
Laurence McGonnell hails from the North East of England and is the manager of the chaplaincy team. While not a chaplain or representative of any particular faith group, Laurence is nevertheless available to any patient or family member who may wish to talk. A qualified Counsellor, Laurence holds Masters Degrees in Theology and Psychology as well as Psychotherapy & Counselling. He is happy to deal with any request to see a chaplain outside of their regular visiting hours.

METHODIST CHURCH

Rev. Michael Giles is Minister at the Finchley Methodist Church, as well as Superintendent for the Methodist Church of the Barnet & Queensbury Circuit. Michael also serves as a part time Chaplain at the Whittington Hospital as well as North London Hospice. Michael visits the In Patient Unit on a Monday afternoon.

BUDDHIST

David Woods joined the Hospice Chaplaincy Team in 2017 and brings a wealth of experience to his role as Buddhist Chaplain. He is also a registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist. David currently visits the In Patient Unit on a Friday.

CHURCH OF ENGLAND

Rev. Steven Young is Vicar of St. Michael & All Angels, Mill Hill, as well as part time Church of England Chaplain at North London Hospice. Steven visits the In Patient Unit on a Tuesday Morning, but is also available at other times on request.

Rev. Lynn Davidson is Vicar at St. John the Evangelist, Whetstone. Lynn has a background as a Senior Social Worker, as well as a wealth of experience in Pastoral Ministry. She is available upon request.

Rev John Cornish brings a wealth of experience in Pastoral Ministry and as a Hospital Chaplain. He assists at Holy Trinity Church in Winchmore Hill and is also part time Chaplain at our Winchmore Hill site. Father John is available on Tuesday and Friday Mornings.

ROMAN CATHOLIC

Rev. Don Hopkins is a Roman Catholic Deacon, serving in the parish of Our Lady and St. Vincent, Potters Bar. Don visits patients and family members on the In Patient Unit at Finchley every Thursday. Don is also on the Chaplaincy Team Weekend Rota for the in Patient Unit. He is available at other times upon request.

Sister Frances Crowe is a member of the Sisters of Marie Auxilliatrice, a religious order founded in France in 1864. Originally from Ireland, Sister Frances spent many years in Nursing. A former Hospice Nurse and Community Nurse, Sister Frances is a familiar face to patients in Winchmore Hill, and is currently available to Come & Connect patients on a Thursday at Finchley. She is also available upon request. 

HINDU

Rev. Deva Samaroo has been associated with the Hospice since the Finchley building opened in 1992. He visits the Hospice at weekends and leads Meditation class on a Tuesday at our Winchmore Hill site and on a Thursday at Finchley. Deva has a medical background and has a son who is a doctor.

HUMANIST

Caroline Black has been a member of the British Humanist Association since 1989 and a celebrant for fifteen years. She has conducted hundreds of funerals for atheists and agnostics all over London. Caroline’s family come from Golders Green and Holloway so she is an enthusiastic supporter of North London Hospice.

JEWISH

Rabbi Markus Lange has a wealth of experience both as a Hospice Chaplain and a Hospital Chaplain. Originally from Germany, Markus is also a Drama and Movement Therapist, as well as a Clinical and Pastoral Supervisor. Markus is involved in the education and training of Healthcare Chaplains, and is available to visit patients or family members upon request.

JEWISH (ORTHODOX)

Cantor Stephen Robins is a well-known figure in the orthodox Jewish community. Stephen has been involved in music for many years and has produced and recorded many CDs. A strong supporter of the Hospice, Stephen is a regular on the chaplaincy weekend Rota.

BAPTIST CHAPLAIN

Rev. Vania John-Baptiste is currently Minister at the Upper Holloway Baptist Church. Vania came to us in 2016 when she was in the final stages of her training for Ministry at Spurgeons College. Following her graduation in June 2017, Vania joined the Hospice Chaplaincy Team. She is available to Come & Connect patients and to the In Patient Unit on a Thursday.

MUSLIM CHAPLAIN

Imam Oussama Sahmaoui holds an MA in Islamic Studies, and is currently the Imam at North Finchley Mosque. Oussama brings with him Chaplaincy experience from the Prison Service as well as the NHS. He is keen on strengthening the connection between his faith community and the Hospice. Imam Oussama is available to the In Patient Unit on a Wednesday, and on other days upon request.

QUAKER CHAPLAIN

Frances Sutherland is our Quaker Chaplain, available to patients and family members on the In Patient Unit on the Weekend Rota or upon request. Frances has a background in Education and is a member of the Muswell Hill Quakers.

NON-RELIGIOUS CHAPLAIN

Buz de Villiers has been a familiar face on the In Patient Unit since joining the Chaplaincy Team in 2013. While not identifying with any single faith community, Buz is available to anyone who would like to talk. Buz is available to the In Patient Unit on a Friday.

JAIN CHAPLAIN

Manhar Mehta has been involved in training Jain Chaplains for the NHS for some years now. He is available upon request to visit patients, support family members or to offer advice on Jain traditions and religious practices.

All members of the Chaplaincy Team can be contacted via the nursing staff if required.

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