Canon Theologian and Associate Chaplain
Jack McDonald has Belgian and British dual nationality. He has been our canon theologian since 2011. He is also the priest-in-charge of one of HTB’s daughter churches, St Martha and St Mary Leuven, which is the recognised Anglican chaplaincy of KU Leuven, where Jack also lectures in the Faculteit Theologie en Religiewetenschappen. He is a bishops’ reviewer for ministerial training in the Church of England’s Ministry Division and theological supervisor for the diocese’s CEMES scheme for potential clergy (at Leuven there is a full-time ordinand and a full-time CEMES intern this year). In January 2017, he organised the annual four-day meeting of Church of England cathedral canons responsible for education, which took place at HTB.
In addition to his ministry in education, Jack is chaplain-president of the Central Committee of the Anglican Church in Belgium, a body which reflects the Napoleonic Concordat still in force here. This gives him administrative responsibility over the 19.5 chaplaincy posts which the Belgian Ministry of Justice currently allocates to the Anglican Church, and a legal role as the interface between the Anglican Church and the Belgian State. There are four Anglican prison chaplains in Belgium, three of them based at HTB, and action against religious radicalisation is now a major part of Jack’s role.
Before he came to Belgium, Jack worked as a headmaster, as fellow and dean of Gonville and Caius College Cambridge and (following the Anglican-Huguenot Reuilly accords) as pasteur of the Temple Neuf in Metz.