Sunday, 03 April 2022 10:00

New archdeacon appointments

Matthew Trick, Karen Hamblin and Carol Coslett Matthew Trick, Karen Hamblin and Carol Coslett

The Right Reverend Libby Lane, Bishop of Derby, has announced the three archdeacons who will help oversee and shape ministry in the Diocese of Derby. 

The Archdeacon of Derby City and South Derbyshire will be the Reverend Matthew Trick.

Matthew is currently the Vicar of Ringwood with Ellingham & Harbridge and St Leonards & St Ives and Assistant Area Dean of Christchurch Deanery in the Diocese of Winchester.

He will have responsibility for parishes in the City of Derby and South Derbyshire, from Quarndon and Breadsall in the north to Netherseal and Lullington in the south.

Matthew will champion mission and ministry in city and urban contexts throughout the diocese. 

>> Meet Archdeacon-designate Matthew 

The Archdeacon of East Derbyshire will be the Reverend Canon Karen Hamblin.

Karen is currently the Priest-in-Charge of Brampton St Mark, in Chesterfield, and Area Dean for North East Derbyshire.

She will have responsibility for parishes in the eastern region of the diocese, from Dronfield and Eckington in the north to Sawley and Long Eaton in the south, including Chesterfield.

Karen will champion mission and ministry in emerging and transitional communities across the whole diocese. 

>> Meet Archdeacon-designate Karen

And the Archdeacon of Derbyshire Peak and Dales will be the Venerable Carol Coslett.

Carol has served as the Archdeacon of Chesterfield for the past four years.

She will have responsibility for the western region of the diocese, from Hadfield and Glossop in the north to Sudbury and Egginton in the south, and as champion for rural and market town mission and ministry in the diocese. 

>> Meet Archdeacon Carol 


On making the appointments, Bishop Libby said: “I am very excited by the energy, experience, expertise and commitment the new archdeacons will bring to their roles. 

“They are all passionate about ‘everyday faith’ and bring understanding of the complexities and opportunities of parish ministry, and of the opportunities and challenges in aspects of mission and ministry that are not parish specific. 

“They also have the capacity to think and work on a wider canvas with flair and imagination and are committed to fostering a culture of diversity.

"I am looking forward to working with them as we commit ourselves to joining in with what God is doing in transforming lives through growing church and building community. 

“Please keep Matthew, Karen and Carol in your prayers as they navigate their new roles and responsibilities.” 

The new archdeacons are expected to formally take up their new roles in early June. 

The appointments come as the diocese embarks on a process of transformation to shape structures, sustain resources and equip people for mission.

Part of this process is the move from two archdeaconries to three, which will legally come into effect on 6 June 2022. 

New archdeaconry areas

The three new archdeaconry areas, which will legally come into being on 6 June 2022, have been shaped to reflect the significant missional contexts of our diocese, serving our rural, urban, and emerging post-industrial communities.  

The shaping of the new archdeaconries better reflects the different demographic and cultural contexts of our diocese, but each is diverse and complex with a mixture of communities and experience.  

The statutory responsibilities of the archdeacons will be delivered within their geographical boundaries, and, in addition, they will champion the demographic predominant in their respective archdeaconries across the whole diocese:  

    • The Archdeaconry of Derby City and South Derbyshire includes our largest urban context, and Archdeacon-designate Matthew Trick will champion mission and ministry in all urban contexts across the whole
    • The Archdeaconry of East Derbyshire encompasses many emerging and changing post-industrial communities, and Archdeacon-designate Karen Hamblin will champion mission and ministry in such contexts across the whole diocese
    • The Archdeaconry of Derbyshire Peak and Dales is largely rural with market town communities, and the Venerable Carol Coslett (currently Archdeacon of Chesterfield) will champion mission and ministry in such contexts across the diocese. 

outline map of archdeaconry areas 2022


  Meet Matthew Trick

The Reverend Matthew Trick:
Archdeacon-designate of Derby City and South Derbyshire

Currently Vicar of Ringwood with Ellingham & Harbridge and St Leonards & St Ives and Assistant Area Dean of Christchurch Deanery in the Diocese of Winchester.

I am excited to be joining the Diocese of Derby and working towards our shared vision: The Kingdom of God, Good News for All and serving the people of the diocese in faith, hope and love.  

Being new to both the diocese and Derbyshire, I look forward to getting out and about early on, meeting ordained and lay colleagues and discovering the churches and communities of Derby City and South Derbyshire - so please get your invitations in! 

I was born in South Wales and am a proud Welshman who for the last decade has lived and ministered in England.  

I am married to Sarah, a chartered accountant, and have two young children: Izzy aged 6 and Henry aged 3.  

I started attending St Illtyds Church, Llantwit Major, aged 16 and the warmth of welcome and community persuaded me to stay.  

I came to personal faith in Jesus Christ on an Alpha Course at St Mikes Church, Aberystwyth, where I studied as an undergraduate.  

Prior to ordination I worked for Lloyds TSB in their Business Banking division.   

I trained for ordination at the then St Michael’s College, Llandaff, Cardiff and found it deeply enriching to train alongside baptist and methodist students. My ordained ministry has encompassed affluent market towns with connected suburban and rural communities, areas of significant deprivation and major new housing developments.

Ecumenism has shaped my ministry to date both informally through local Churches Together groups and formally as the Minister of a four-way LEP. 

For the last couple of years, I have been an assistant area dean working with ordained and lay colleagues and diocesan senior staff to develop collegiately and mission across Christchurch Deanery.  
I believe Jesus transforms individuals and communities through local churches, and my passion is releasing churches to be agents of the Kingdom of God, growing the common good in their communities.

Academically I am interested in Anglican Social Theology and Christian leadership and am currently undertaking a Masters in Theology & Ministry with Cranmer Hall, Durham.

I am a Novice of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis and the words of God to St Francis "Go and rebuild my church” have been a source of inspiration for my ministry.  
Having always lived by the sea, our move to Derby will be only the second time we have been land-locked, but with so much to explore we are looking forward to getting out and walking in the diocese.  

Sarah and I are foodies and look forward to sharing food and fellowship with ordained and lay colleagues.

Balancing the demands of ministry with family life is important to us, and as a family we are no strangers to soft play centres and other family attractions. 

  Meet Karen Hamblin

The Reverend Canon Karen Hamblin:
Archdeacon-designate of East Derbyshire

Currently Priest-in-charge of Brampton St Mark and Area Dean of Northeast Derbyshire in the Diocese of Derby.

I am excited about working with people, churches and communities across the new archdeaconry wherever they are: in workplaces, in schools, at home and in churches to see God’s Kingdom come more and more.

I relish the challenge and I know that God will highlight priorities and will go ahead of me as together we try to work more effectively, growing what we already have and developing new ways of being church to reach new, emerging and transitioning communities.  

I was born in London and grew up with the Salvation Army as a backdrop to my life as both sets of grandparents were officers and we were involved as a family.

We moved to Dorset when I was 15, which is where I met my future husband, Andy (and also where I became an Anglican). Andy and I have three adult children and are blessed with a six-year-old granddaughter.  

After going to the University of Durham, I moved to Derby in 1983 to start a career in teaching, but I also started working in local churches, including St Alkmund’s, where I became Children’s and Youth Worker and then a lay member of the leadership team.

It was there that I had my lightbulb moment as I believe I heard God ask me to be ordained.

It took a while to persuade me, but it was time to move.  

So off I went to study at St John’s Nottingham; I was ordained in 2007 and served my curacy in Long Eaton.

And so began my priestly journey – both spiritually and also literally up the M1 as in 2011 I became Team Vicar of Pilsley in the North Wingfield team and, in 2016, Priest-in-charge at Brampton St Mark’s in Chesterfield and Area Dean of North East Derbyshire.

I had started at Junction 25 and ended up at Junction 29!  

Maybe then there is a sense of fulfilment that I will now serve as Archdeacon of East Derbyshire, an area defined to an extent by the M1 corridor, with a rich mining and industrial heritage, but with areas of deprivation, emergence and transition alongside rural ones - a real mixture full of life, challenge and possibility. 

For me, faith is about knowing that I am totally loved and accepted and that, despite all my imperfections, God chooses to set his hope in me as I serve and work with Him and for Him alongside others.

Our lives, our churches and communities need the hope that He alone can bring. 

I am passionate about the environment, and I love growing vegetables.

I enjoy a good walk and live in one of the best counties for doing that (but I do love the coast as well, so sometimes walk there!) I love spending time with family, who live reasonably close, and any spare time gets used reading modern fiction, sewing, cooking, seeing friends or just chilled in front of the TV.  

What lights me up more than anything else as a follower of Jesus, and as a leader, is prayerfully helping to connect things: people, places, situations, stories and then stepping back to see God's Spirit at work, bringing fresh life – new possibilities, new & renewed relationships growing and flourishing under His care and direction. 

Let’s do that together and see God's Kingdom come more and more amongst us. 

  Meet Carol Coslett

The Venerable Carol Coslett:
Archdeacon-designate of Derbyshire Peak and Dales

Currently Archdeacon of Chesterfield in the Diocese of Derby.

I am hugely looking forward to deepening my relationship with the north-western area of the diocese as well as getting to know the south-western area better. And I am blessed to be working in some of the most beautiful areas of Derbyshire. 

More than anything, I am privileged to be working with wonderful people and communities the length of the west side of the diocese (though I will miss the north-eastern deaneries that I have also been working in for the past four years). 

But beautiful towns, pretty villages and wonderful people do not mean that the Derbyshire Peak and Dales doesn’t have its share of problems and challenges. 

Rural communities, particularly farming communities, often suffer from the effects of isolation; they are more prone to the devasting effects of climate change and economic uncertainty. 

I see myself being the eyes and ears of the bishop in the archdeaconry, its parishes and in rural communities throughout the diocese – helping to work out problems, supporting communities, assisting with strategies and looking after church buildings and legalities.  

This archdeaconry welcomes most of the county's 45 million visitors a year. It is largely rural and home to the nation’s first National Park. County and borough councils are in Matlock and Buxton, and other market towns are significant in local life.  

Whilst Inherited models of mission and ministry continue to be fruitful and greatly treasured, there is also appetite to discover new and complementary ways to grow church and build community for residents and visitors.  

One of the priorities must be to work together to ensure the Church stays fit for the future and I hope to support the churches 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 we are serving. 

I joined the Diocese of Derby from the Diocese of Southwark, where I served as a parish priest and acting archdeacon. 

And having been a teacher before my ordination in 2003, I also enjoy and intend to spend time in schools.  

I am married to Martyn and we have two grown-up children.  

Away from work, I enjoy swimming, baking and walking as well as amateur dramatics and singing. 

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