The Minister

Jim Corrigall
Minister Jim Corrigall


Our Minister is the Rev Jim Corrigall, who was an atheist for most of his life before discovering religion. 

Jim says: “I joined the Unitarians at a time of spiritual upheaval in my life 12 years ago, and I was delighted to find a faith that encouraged me to explore and find a path that was right for me.”  

Jim eventually came to a liberal Christian perspective and decided to train for the Unitarian ministry, qualifying in 2012.    After a two-year interim ministry in Suffolk, he started in Lancashire in September 2014.

The minister’s first career was journalism – which included 17 years at BBC World Service in London – before he took early retirement in 2007.   He travelled widely for the BBC, making features and documentaries in countries around the world.     

Jim Corrigall was born and brought up in South Africa, coming to Britain in 1974.   He was active in campaigns against apartheid, and later as a trade unionist in Britain.  He served as President of the National Union of Journalists in 2004/5.

The minister is a trained spiritual director, and feels the Unitarian faith has much to offer spiritual seekers, as well as regular church-goers ‘who are looking for a breath of fresh air’. 

“While we are rooted in the liberal Christian tradition, our lack of dogma and our openness to other sources of wisdom, including from other religions, means we offer a vibrant, questioning, and above all, living faith for the 21st Century,” he said.  

 The Rev Jim Corrigall is Minister at both Padiham Unitarian Chapel and Rawtenstall Unitarian Church, as part of the Lancashire Collaborative Ministry, a new initiative aimed at developing the Unitarian cause in East Lancashire.  



Joe Wilson- I am today talking to the former President of the National Union of Journalists who has been appointed to the Unitarian Church in East Lancashire.  South African born Rev Jim Corrigall is the new minister at the Nazareth Unitarian Chapel in Padiham where he has already met his new parishioners and today he takes his first service at his other church which is Rawtenstall Unitarian Church.  What also separates Jim from the rest is that he is a former Atheist.  We are going to meet Jim in three parts today in the first part Jim talks about his early life, and let’s face it a quite distinctive accent.