The Venerable Carol CoslettThe Archdeacon of Chesterfield is the Venerable Carol Coslett.

Archdeacon Carol is responsible for the northern half of the Diocese of Derby – the Chesterfield Archdeaconry - including a large area of the Peak District and the High Peak, and North East Derbyshire – a total of 131 parishes.

Archdeacon Carol was formally welcomed to the Diocese of Derby on Saturday, 10 March 2018 at the parish church of Chesterfield, St Mary and All Saints – the Crooked Spire.

Archdeacon Carol joined the Diocese of Derby from the Diocese of Southwark, where she served as a parish priest, an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral and Acting Archdeacon.

She said: “I see myself being the eyes and ears of the Bishop in the archdeaconry, the diocese and the parishes – helping to work out problems, assisting with strategies and looking after church buildings and legalities.”

At her collation service, the new Archdeacon emphasised that one of the priorities must be to work together to ensure the Church stays fit for the future: “I hope to support your church and one another in the community and build our Church for the next generation.

“If we are to leave a wonderful legacy for those who come after us, we have to nurture the church family to meet the needs of people whom we are serving.”

And having been a teacher before her ordination in 2003, she said she intends to spend time in schools and being involved with the Diocesan Board of Education.

Carol is married with two grown-up children. She lists swimming, baking and walking her dog, Fudge, as being among her interests and also enjoys amateur dramatics and singing.

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Telephone: 01332 388658


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The Archdeacon of Derby is the Venerable Dr Christopher Cunliffe

He was collated in 2006.

Christopher began his ordained ministry in the Diocese of Derby when he was Assistant Curate at St Mary and All Saints Church in Chesterfield (the famous Crooked Spire) from 1983-1985. 

He worked alongside his wife, Helen, who was also a curate at the church in one of the first job-share arrangements in the Church of England.

In 1985 he became Chaplain and Research Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, until 1989, when he became Chaplain of the City University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  In 1991 he took a post in the Church of England’s Advisory Board of Ministry, which involved co-ordinating vocation and selection conferences for people seeking ordination.  From 1997-2003 he was Director of ministry in the Diocese of London, and from 2004-2006 Chaplain to the Bishop of Bradwell in the Diocese of Chelmsford.

Christopher and Helen, a former archdeacon, have two grown-up sons, Edward and Jacob.  Christopher is a keen historian, with a doctorate in the subject and a continuing interest in research and writing. 

He also has an interest in African history and culture, and is Chair of MANNA (Mozambique and Angola Anglican Association). 

To relax, he enjoys reading fiction and poetry, listening to music, and watching sport.


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