Rev Phil Hiscock – Honorary Assistant Priest

Phil Hiscock is a true ‘local lad’ having been born and bred in Portsmouth, where he attended Northern Grammar School for Boys.

He began his Christian life in the Free Church tradition, the Bethesda Mission in Copnor Road where in his late teens he was a Sunday School teacher and a local preacher, becoming one of the trustees of the church.

Phil trained as a teacher and for several years was at Portchester Community School teaching mainly science and maths. While teaching he also completed an M.Phil degree in community education at Southampton University.

Phil became an Anglican in 1990 and started attending St Mary’s Church, where he became active in playing the organ and trained as a Reader. Ordained deacon in 1998 and priest in 1999 at Portsmouth Cathedral, his ministry was mainly in port chaplaincy.

In 2002 he joined the Mission to Seafarers and was their Port Chaplain at Dunkirk in France. He returned to this area in 2008 where his ministry was as Assistant Priest at St Mary’s, Alverstoke.

When he retired from full time ministry he returned to his home church here at Portchester where he serves as an Honorary Assistant Priest

Phil has always had an affinity with the sea – the salt is in his blood! He continues to serve as Chaplain to Portsmouth Port; is an OCM (Officiating Chaplain to the Military) mainly at the Institute of Naval Medicine, Gosport and Fort Blockhouse. He is an Honorary Chaplain to the Mission to Seafarers and Corps Chaplain of the Nautical Training Corps, as well as being Wing Padre to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight ATC (Air Training Corps).