Fr Justin Pottinger

BA, MTh, MA Oxon; PG Dip Surrey; PGCE Oxford Brookes
Fr Justin Pottinger

With a background in ministry and education, Fr Justin comes to Lancing from being parish priest to a benefice of six rural parishes just north of the Purbeck Hills, where he was actively involved in the two local schools as a governor. At the same time, Fr Justin was Rural Dean, meeting the challenges of reshaping ministry, and responding to Covid-19, across the parishes in that part of Dorset.

Fr Justin is an experienced school chaplain, having been Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at Clayesmore School, ministering to staff, parents and pupils aged 2 ½ to 18. Prior to ordination training at Ripon College, Cuddeson, and curacy in Devizes, he was a primary school teacher; he has taught students at every level from Key Stage 1 to foundation degree courses.

Fr Justin is keen to encourage the choral tradition of the Chapel, having been a chorister at school and at Keble College, University of Oxford, where he read his first degree in Theology. It was at Keble, that he encountered the rich tradition of the ‘beauty of holiness’ which is so significant to us here at Lancing, and he wants to help others grow in their experience of the transformative grace of God in Christ through the liturgy. He has just completed his PhD thesis which is a liturgical and spiritual exploration of Christian ministry.

Fr Justin is married to Sarah, who is a singing teacher, and they have two children. This is their first foray into West Sussex, and they are looking forward to exploring the local area on foot, with their dog, and by sea, as Fr Justin is a keen sailor.