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University of Essex, Multi-Faith Chaplaincy

Sara Batts-Neale  Anglican Chaplain  

Sara Batts-Neale was ordained deacon in 2016 and priest in 2017. Her curacy period is just ending at St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall with the parishes of Bradwell, Stisted and Cressing.

Sara trained at Westcott House, Cambridge and subsequently embarked on a MA in Systematic and Philosophical Theology which she is due to complete this summer. In 2013 Sara was awarded a PhD after part time study assessing how churches use websites and social media.

Sara left a career as specialist legal librarian at a number of global law firms to move to Westcott House. Her previous roles had been varied. In one of her first postgraduate jobs she was the University of Nottingham’s student recruitment officer. Sara spent a year as student support officer for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy where she moved to events management and subsequently organised the annual major clinical conference. During this period she studied for her MA Information Science and in 2006 moved from events management into librarianship.

Sara’s faith has been shaped by, amongst other things, Greenbelt festival where she has been a near-lifelong attender and erstwhile contributor. She attended St Leonard’s, Lexden for a number of years before ordination, during which Sara helped establish the Colchester CAP Debt Centre.

She is a regular contributor to one of BRF’s series of daily Bible notes. Sara is married to Tim, a town planner for Transport for London. They have a dog named Bunter and a cat called Charles Parker, whose names will indicate to some that Dorothy L Sayers is one of her favourite writers.

Sara can be found on Twitter @drbattytowers. Tel: 07925292175  email: revdrsara@batts-neale.net