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Profile of Jo Winn-SmithThe Revd Jo Winn-Smith

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  • Jo has been chaplain to the Bishops of Guildford and Dorking since October 2022.
  • As chaplain, she is responsible for advising clergy on an array of issues on behalf of the bishops. This work includes support for chaplains, and managing pastoral, theological, liturgical, and disciplinary matters.
  • Jo is an elected clergy member of General Synod
  • She is also the honorary chaplain to the Church Commissioners’ Mission & Pastoral and Closed Churches Committee, and she serves as a Bishop's Adviser on the Bishop’s Advisory Panel (BAP, which decides on ordination selection). 
  • Jo studied theology at Regent’s Park College, Oxford before working in various policy roles at the National Church Institutions for the first twelve years of her career. 
  • During this time, she also trained as a Licensed Lay Minister (Reader) in the Diocese of Southwark and was licensed in 2007. 
  • Moving to the Diocese of Guildford in 2011 and undertaking a second degree in psychotherapeutic counselling, in 2015 she became a tutor on the Guildford: Local Ministry Programme, training OLMs and LLMs
  • In 2017, she herself was selected for ordained ministry, and completed an MTh in Applied Theology whilst studying part-time at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. She served her curacy at St Mary’s, Thorpe.
  • Jo continues to maintain her theological interests, particularly in feminist theology, and she is currently studying for a PhD, looking at the dual vocations of motherhood and ministry. 
  • She is also a trustee of OneBodyOneFaith
  • In her spare time, she enjoys running and keeping fit, the cinema, and cooking. She is married to Matthew, a barrister, and they have two secondary-school aged children.    
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