The Chaplain

The Revd Dr Tess Kuin Lawton is responsible for all aspects of Chapel life and for the pastoral care of the College. She joined the College in 2017 from Magdalen College School, where she was a teaching Chaplain in Theology for eight years. During this time she prepared 48 students to study Theology, at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter and Bristol. She taught the Christian Theology, Philosophy of Religion and Ethics papers at A level and has a PhD in Anglican Ecclesiology and the Theology of Religious Pluralism. Her most recent publication is a chapter on ‘Anglican Theologies of Ministry’ in the SPCK 2018 Handbook on Ministry.

Tess is also an Assistant Priest in the parish of Bampton with Clanfield and is the Vocations Adviser for the University.

The Chaplain’s email address is

Assistant Chaplain

The Revd Dr Matthew Salisbury is also the National Liturgy and Worship Adviser to the Church of England, and a College Lecturer. His academic background is in liturgy and music, in both historical and contemporary contexts. He has most recently edited a volume of essays on worship alongside people with dementia. Matthew organises and oversees the daily offices and deputises for the Chaplain. He is also secretary to the Chapel Committee.

The Assistant Chaplain’s email is

Chapel Organ Assistant

Mr Daniel Mathieson FRCO is an Oxford-based organist and conductor, holding positions at Worcester College, Keble College and St. Mary Magdalen.  At Worcester he directs and trains the adults and boy choristers of the choirs in their regular schedule of services, as well as in concert, for recordings and on tour.  He also teaches for the University of Oxford and at Downe House School.

A former organ scholar of Worcester College, he holds a master’s degree in music performance at the University of Oxford with distinction.  Recently, he has collaborated with several Oxford-based composers in performance of new works for organ, and has co-authored a forthcoming article on contemporary organ music for the RCO Journal.

As a recitalist, Dan has performed across the UK, including for the Three Choirs Festival, the Buxton Festival and at Westminster Cathedral.  He has also worked with the internationally-renowned Trinity Boys Choir in concert and on tour.

He studied the organ with William Whitehead and Dame Gillian Weir, and conducting with Jeremy Summerly.  He is a prizewinning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

Mr Mathieson’s email address is

Organ Scholar

Mr Giles Longstaff

Assisting Organ Student

Mr Henry Coop