The High Sheriff's Chaplain

Oliver Coss

High Sheriffs may appoint a Chaplain to attend on them and assist on matters of faith. The Chaplain will principally be involved with the church services for the judiciary that are arranged by the High Sheriff conventionally annually but may also participate in the High Sheriff’s year on other occasions, for example the Declaration Ceremony that follows the High Sheriff’s appointment by the Monarch. The Chaplain may also play a valuable role as adviser to the High Sheriff on inter-faith matters in the community.

Oliver Coss was born in Germany but was raised principally in Lincolnshire. He is a computer science graduate of Hull University and read theology at the University of Leeds while in training at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. Ordained by the Archbishop of York in 2007, he served a curacy in the East Riding of Yorkshire before an inner-city incumbency in Small Heath, Birmingham in the shadow of Birmingham City Football Club for whom he maintains a fondness.

Oliver was instituted as Rector of All Saints’ Church, the civic church of Northampton in 2016. In that role he has pursued interests in music and liturgy, social justice, and securing a better environment for Northampton’s homeless, developing All Saints’ civic role beyond the ceremonial and commemorative functions with which it is well associated. Married to Eleanor, a functional skills lecturer at Northampton College, they have two children aged nine and six. Oliver is also Co-Moderator of Northampton Churches Together, a chaplain to the Army Cadet Force in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, & Rutland, and a columnist for the Northampton Chronicle. He is delighted to accept the High Sheriff’s invitation to be his chaplain during 2020-2021.

All Saints’ Church is open to the public throughout the week, and as the Civic Church of Northampton is the place of memorial and celebration for the community. Further information can be found here:


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