Revd Dr John Caperon
The Revd Dr John Caperon became priest-in-charge of Fairwarp in March 2017. John spent his professional life in secondary education, teaching English in schools in East Africa, London, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, North Yorkshire and Kent. For the last twelve years of his career he was head at the Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, a large, ‘outstanding’ Church of England comprehensive, in Tunbridge Wells. Later he worked for a small educational charity, The Bloxham Project, supporting chaplaincy in schools across all sectors of education. He undertook the first empirical research into school chaplaincy, and his book on this ‘Vital Ministry’ was published by SCM Press in 2015.
Ordained mid-career in 1983 following theological training in Oxford, John began his ministry as a non-stipendiary (unpaid) Anglican priest in rural North Oxfordshire. He later served in the dioceses of Ripon and Rochester before becoming curate of Mayfield in the diocese of Chichester in 2003. Leaving that post in 2011, he supported a number of local Anglican parishes before taking up his present role.
John is married to Felicity, a retired primary teacher, and they have four married daughters (three teachers and a consultant physician) and ten grandchildren.