Rev. Karen L. Bassett
Reverend Karen Bassett first led the church from August 2005 until 2009, before taking a break, to return again in 2017. Karen holds a BA in Theology from the University of Wales. Karen has served in the Royal Naval Reserve for many years, and having been ‘called-up’ for War Duty was decorated for her front-line service during the Gulf War. She successfully passed-out of Britannia Royal Naval College as an officer, a Sub-Lieutenant, and has since been promoted to through the rank of Lieutenant, to Lieutenant-Commander. Karen volunteers as the Squadron Chaplain to Portsmouth Air Cadets 1189 Squadron and lives with her husband Nicholas (an ex-Royal Navy Weapon Engineer, Radar), at their home in Southsea. Karen is a keen runner, cyclist, kayaker and mountaineer, and relaxes by practicing trumpet, flugelhorn and acoustic guitar. Karen completed her first London Marathon, in aid of The Sailors Society, in 2018. Karen and Nicholas have a son, whom they welcomed in to the World in 2020.