|Wells to become vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Field|
The Reverend Samuel Wells, who has served as the dean of Duke Chapel since 2005, will leave Duke this summer to become the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.
Wells, who grew up in Bristol, England, will lead a prominent church that enjoys a close relationship with national leaders. Located in Trafalgar Square beside the National Gallery, the church is renowned for its high profile in the arts and engagement with poverty and social issues.
In addition to serving as dean of Duke's iconic chapel, where he leads weekly services and oversees a staff of twenty-five, Wells has worked closely with the associate dean for religious life to assist twentyeight student groups that minister to the spiritual needs of Duke students. He has been an active leader in the Duke and Durham communities, making connections with students, campus deans, and others to address ethical issues and establish close ties with diverse faith groups. He also has emerged as an influential voice on behalf of the poor, recently coauthoring Living Without Enemies, a book describing care for those directly affected by gun violence.
"I've loved being a part of Duke as we have explored together what faith means to head, heart, and hand in a diverse culture at a challenging time," Wells says. "It has been an amazing privilege and joy to lead the ministry of the chapel and share in the vibrant Duke and Durham communities."