The Revd Canon Dr Adrian Chatfield, fellow of Ridley Hall, has been given the Dunstan Award for Prayer and the Religious Life for outstanding contributions to prayer and spiritual formation through the work of the Simeon Centre at the college.
Adrian was one of 35 people from around the world were recognised with awards for outstanding service to the church in a ceremony at Lambeth Palace on Friday.
Adrian has served the Anglican Church in Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa and England since 1972. He has experience of parish ministry and theological education, having taught at St John’s College, Nottingham, Wycliffe Hall, and Ridley Hall.
For nine years from 2007 he directed and developed the Simeon Centre for Prayer and the Spiritual Life at Ridley Hall, established to help nourish and further strengthen the spiritual life of the College, while at the same time resourcing the wider Church for faithful and prayerful discipleship. As Director of the Centre, Adrian worked alongside church leaders, dioceses, and congregations around the country, teaching and nurturing the disciplines of prayer, mentoring and spiritual direction. As Director, Adrian provided guidance, encouragement and training in prayer and spiritual formation for the community, and was involved in the teaching of Prayer and Spirituality in the Cambridge Theological Federation.
From its launch in 2007 the Simeon Centre grew into a resource which has nourished the College’s spiritual life, as well as offering, in the person of Adrian, a wider teaching and accompanying ministry to the Cambridge Theological Federation, church leaders, dioceses, and congregations around the country, teaching and nurturing the disciplines of prayer, mentoring and spiritual direction. The Simeon Centre helped to bring a new focus on spirituality into the heart of theological teaching and learning and Ridley Hall continues to build on this in a number of new and exciting ways.