John Green (priest)

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The Venerable John Green
Religion Anglican
Senior posting
Based in United Kingdom
Title Chaplain of the Fleet
Period in office March, 2006-October 2010
Predecessor Barry Hammett
Successor Scott J Brown
Religious career
Previous post Chaplain of the Fleet, Director General, Archdeacon for the Royal Navy

John Green CB (born 14 August 1953) became Chaplain of the Fleet; Director General, Naval Chaplaincy Service and Archdeacon for the Royal Navy in March 2006.[1][2] He is now Archdeacon Pastor in the Diocese of Coventry.

He was born on 14 August 1953 and educated at North East London Polytechnic. From 1974 to 1980 he was a Project Engineer with Thorn Lighting Ltd. He was ordained in 1983 and began his ecclesiastical career with curacies at St Michael and All Angels, Watford[3] and St. Stephen's Church, St. Albans.

He became a naval chaplain in 1991: his service included

  • HMS Sultan, 1991–92
  • 3rd Destroyer Sqdn, 1992–93
  • HMNB Portsmouth, 1993–94
  • HMS Excellent, 1994–95
  • Minor Warfare Vessel Flotilla, 1996–98
  • Staff Chaplain to Chaplain of the Fleet, 1998–2001
  • HMS Ark Royal, 2001–03
  • HMS Collingwood, 2003–06
  • Chaplain of the Fleet and Director General, Naval Chaplaincy Service 2006-2010

He headed the Naval Chaplaincy Service Board of Management with responsibility for policy making and overall leadership. As Archdeacon for the Royal Navy he is the senior Anglican chaplain in the Royal Navy.

Green was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2010 New Year Honours.[4]

In September 2013, Green became Associate Minister at St Mary Magdalen, Chapelfields, in the Diocese of Coventry.[5]


  1. Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 (100th edition), Church House Publishing (ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0)
  2. Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. Church web site
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59282. p. 2. 31 December 2009.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Barry Hammett
Chaplain of the Fleet
2006 –2010
Succeeded by
Scott Brown