The Diocese of Derby consists of most of Derbyshire and a couple of parishes in Staffordshire.

The cathedral is in Derby itself.

The diocese serves a population of around one million people and has more than 300 churches.

It works in communities, schools, prisons and hospitals as well being represented in various other aspects of city and county life.

Under three archdeacons, the Archdeaconries of Derby City and South Derbyshire, Derbyshire Peak and Dales, and East Derbyshire consist of deaneries and parishes all of which work alongside Christians of other denominations.


The Diocese of Derby will be welcoming nine new Readers at an Admission service at Derby Cathedral this Sunday (22 September, 6pm).


Jill Bailey, Benefice of Littleover , Ann Conroy, Benefice of Walton , Kate Gee, Benefice of Charlesworth-with-Gamesley and Dinting Vale , Yvonne Haywood, North Wingfield Team Ministry (St Barnabas, Danesmoor) , Brenda Jackson, Benefice of Bakewell, Ashford in the Water with Sheldon and Rowsley, Julie Jones, Benefice of West Hallam and Mapperley with Stanley , June Lomas, Benefice of Hulland, Atlow, Kniveton, Bradley and Hognaston, Ben Pellereau, Benefice of Littleover and Tim Wheeler, Benefice of Brampton, St Thomas will all be admitted at the service.


This year saw a record number of churches (98%) complete the annual statistics form which indicates how many people attended Services in October 2012. Such a response provides a very helpful insight to the life of our diocese.

The Bishop of Derby will be taking part in Derbyshire Churches & Chapels Preservation Trust sponsored Ride+Stride event on Saturday 14th September.

Ride+Stride is a sponsored bike ride or walk between churches. The money raised helps to preserve churches, chapels and meeting houses which are at risk of falling into serious disrepair.


Churches all over Derbyshire are taking part in an open day to give a special welcome to visitors on Saturday 14 September. The day is being launched as part of the Diocese of Derby’s tourism initiative which aims to encourage churches to work alongside businesses and attractions to welcome visitors to the county.

Safeguarding is everyone's business

Ensuring the Diocese of Derby provides a safe and caring environment for everyone - but especially children, and adults who may be at risk of abuse and neglect. Victims and Survivors are at the heart of our safeguarding work.

Safeguarding News



The Appointments Committee of General Synod has announced the membership of the Steering Committee to take charge of the preparation of draft legislation to enable women to become bishops.  The Committee will meet a number of times in September and October to prepare the draft legislation for consideration at the November meeting of the Synod . The size and membership of the Committee will be reviewed by the Appointments Committee after this initial phase of work.


The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern has announced that this years’ Harvest Appeal will raise money for a building project in the slums of Peru.

Dr Redfern has worked with The Bishop of Peru, Bishop William Godfrey, who has a family link to Chesterfield, on the project.

The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, has welcomed the European Union’s new guidelines on promoting and protecting freedom of religion and belief and warned that they must not be ‘left on the shelves of EU missions gathering dust’.