Reverend Jo James was appointed to the ministry of Mill Hill Chapel in Autumn 2014. He is a minister on the roll of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. He trained in Unitarian Ministry and Theology at Harris Manchester College, Oxford and Study of Religion at the University of Cambridge.
Inspired by poetry, theatre, film, performance, art and music he has qualifications and experience in Ministry, Theology, Study of Religion, Drama, Counselling and Co-counselling. He is an experienced worship leader and communicator. As well as Sunday worship and mid-week services he also leads rites of passage, baptisms, weddings and funerals and offers pastoral support and counselling at point of need.
Before ministry Jo worked for over twenty years in theatre including work at the RSC, National Theatre, Old Vic, Royal Court, Almeida and the Centre for Performance Research. He directed new writing and devised work at festivals in London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Cardiff and internationally, and lectured, taught and directed at universities and accredited drama schools.
He is a committed advocate of equal human rights, an LGBT ally and supporter of asylum seekers & refugees. He is involved with the Homeless Charter in Leeds and a supporter of Carbon Neutral Yorkshire.
He has two children and is married to Ann, a ceramic artist.