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Reverend Mike Yates


Reverend Mike Yates

My current role

I have been a Chaplain here in the hospital since February 2022, and have found the role extremely challenging and demanding; but also very rewarding, in supporting patients and staff alike.

Since this two year crash course in Healthcare Chaplaincy, I have secured a permanent post on the team (February 2024), and am looking forward to the future in developing this exciting role even more.

Previous history

I have been a Christian since 1992, and have worked in the Community as well as local Church.

I trained at Moorlands Bible College in Christchurch on the south coast in 2000 - 2003.

I was ordained as a Baptist minister youth specialist in September 2010.

I worked as a detached youth worker for 20 years, creating a charity to support young people who socialise in ‘Open Spaces’, working closely with the emergency services and local authorities.

I have been a pioneer minister in two churches, 1 in Bournemouth and the other in Central Bedfordshire, before taking up this role as chaplain.

Personal interests

I enjoy socialising with friends and family (especially the grandchildren), football (watching not playing), golf (playing more than watching), and watching films.