The Vicar

Our last vicar, Reverend Canon David Reindorp, retired on May 1st. 2021. We are delighted to be able to tell you that the 75th Vicar of your church is the Reverend Max Bayliss. Max was the college chaplain and official fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge. He was instituted and inducted on Tuesday 19th July 2022.

A new Vicar for Chelsea Old Church

Introducing The Reverend Max Bayliss

Before I trained for Holy Orders at Westcott House I grew up in rural Cambridgeshire. I went on to be ordained in St Albans Cathedral, serving my curacy at All Saints’ Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire. During my title post I read a master’s degree in early modern history at Oriel College, researching wit and wordplay in the early modern sermon. There I met my wife, Alice, a classicist and ancient history graduate. I was the treasurer of the MCR and she the bar manager and together we made an undefeated croquet cuppers duo. After she graduated, Alice spent some time living in Venice and then moved to Battersea, which is why, in the summer of 2020 at one of their superb supper clubs, I proposed to her in a quiet corner of the Chelsea Physic Garden.

For the last few years, I have been Chaplain, Fellow and Tutor at Queens’ College, Cambridge. I’ve also been roped in to be the Senior Treasurer of the College Union, Boat Club, and the Honorary Padre to the Cambridge University Officer Training Corps. I am also an honorary assistant priest at Little Saint Mary’s and the university and young vocations chap for the diocese of Ely. In some of my spare time I am writing a PhD on the sermons of John Donne. I am an amateur gardener, a keen squash player, and a sculler with the finesse and enthusiasm of Toad of Toad Hall.

I’m profoundly honoured to have been appointed as your next vicar. Supported by your prayers and aided by the Holy Spirit I hope to continue the ministry of Chelsea Old Church by seeking to go further into the heart and mind of Christ. Together we can do this by extending our ministry of hospitality and strengthening connections in the community; by deepening our worshiping life which is so beautifully enhanced by the ministry of music; and by engaging intellectually with the Christian tradition. (courtesy Anchor Magazine)

Previous vicars:

The Reverend Prebendary Clarke Edward Leighton Thomson 1951-1992

The Reverend Doctor Peter D Elvy 1992-2006

The Reverend Canon David P E Reindorp TD DL 2006-2021

The Vicarage