The Rev’d Dr Jim Francis MBE
Padre Jim is a Minister of the Church of Scotland. Before coming into the Army as a full-time Chaplain he was Associate Minister in St Michael’s Parish Church Linlithgow, outside Edinburgh, and then Minister in Biggar Parish Church in the Scottish Borders. Before Parish ministry, he completed a PhD in Theological Ethics at the University of Edinburgh where he subsequently taught. He continues to develop this academic interest in support of Army Chaplaincy and delivering ethical input to military operational and conceptual thinking.
In 2005, Jim commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department as a Chaplain in the Army Reserve, having previously served as an Infantry Officer on leaving school. He transferred to Regular Service in 2009. In this time, he has served mostly in Field Army light role infantry battalions but also in Cavalry and Guards battalions. In the training world, he has worked in Phase 2 units with the Royal Signals, the Army Air Corps and as Deputy Instructor (Army) at Amport House. He was, most recently, Staff Chaplain at MOD Chaplains (Army) in Army HQ. These postings have taken him to Northern Ireland, Germany, Cyprus, Blandford, Ballykinler, Middle Wallop, Amport House, Andover as well as a number of operational tours. In 2015 Jim was awarded an MBE for work on operations with 2 RIFLES in Afghanistan. He was appointed DACG 38 (IRISH) Bde in April 2018.
Jim is married to Loraine and has three children, Hannah (16), Patrick (13) and Pippa (10). When time permits, he is a keen walker in the mountains, loves music and boring his children with tales of sporting prowess on the rugby field.