United Reformed Church

The United Reformed Church came into being in 1972 when Congregationalists and Presbyterians joined together.  It is a relatively small denomination but has been at the forefront of the movement to make the church more inclusive.  The Congregationalists started ordaining women a century ago, so women ministers have always been accepted in the URC.  More recently, URC General Assembly passed a resolution to allow local churches to offer same-sex marriage.


Amanda Harper


I'm Amanda, the URC Chaplain. I'm here to support all students, of any faith, here at Exeter University.

My ministry in the URC has ranged far and wide, from the north-west of England to university chaplaincy in Southampton, a group of village churches in West Sussex and urban ministry in London, before I moved to Exeter in 2016.  I live with my lovely long-haired 12-year old black cat who adopted me when I lived in London and decided to move to the West Country with me!  Apart from looking after him, I love walking, writing, reading, dancing, and playing the piano.

The nearest URC to the university is Southernhay in the city centre.  As well as being a member of the university chaplaincy team, I am also the minister at Southernhay.  Our services are at 10:30 on a Sunday morning, and you can be sure of a warm welcome from this progressive, inclusive congregation.

I am regularly on campus on Wednesday afternoons during term-time, and occasionally at other times as well.  Please come and find me or contact me by email, phone or text if you would like to talk about faith or any other matters.  As well as being a minister I am also a trained counsellor and so have experience of supporting people through all sorts of life events. 


07714 786440


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