Padre Jason Devaux is a highly experienced Church Minister whose experience extends to missionary work in multiple countries, hospital Chaplaincy and Ministerial roles at a variety of different churches. He began life with a troubled background involving drug-dealing and criminal connections, but a chance encounter set him on a path to faith and ultimately becoming ordained. He studied at Moorlands Bible College, Dorset, and then attended a multi-denominational College and worked as a Church of England Youth Minister, helping to support the families of Royal Marines in Poole, Dorset, amongst other duties.
He became a Missionary and travelled to Albania, Romania and Bosnia, and later became a Church Minister in South Korea. After this, he became Chaplain to the City of Cambridge, supported by local churches and based at the Grafton Centre, conducting public services there. He became Minister of Finedon Independent Wesleyan chapel, Northamptonshire, and then Pastor at Fordham Church until it closed down in October. Ever looking for fresh challenges, he took up a position as a Hospital Chaplain at Addenbrookes where he said he met ‘incredible, fantastic people’ and is full of admiration for the staff and the extraordinary work they do. Having just left Addenbrookes, he is now Minister of Zion Baptist Church, Cambridge.
During the pandemic he began to think that he wanted to shift his focus onto helping young people, remembering the problems that he himself had experienced and the significance of those who had helped him work towards a better life. Realising that the Army Cadet Force offered this potential, he applied to the Royal Army Chaplains Department and was accepted to serve with us. He said; ‘Im really happy to join Cambs ACF, and looking forward to assisting and enabling young people. Most importantly I always remember I am here to serve, not to be served.’
Text and pictures by SI Doug Stuart