Company Director to Follow his Calling into the Church of England

David Walker The commercial director of a growing manufacturing company is to be ordained Deacon at a special service at Derby Cathedral on 26 June.

David Walker, 46, from Mosborough, Sheffield, will become Assistant Curate to the parishes of Dronfield and Holmesfield Team Ministry and is looking forward to the challenge of nurturing new believers from the business community.

Married to Andrea with three grown up sons, David is Commercial Director at Detectronic Ltd, a manufacturing company that produces equipment to reduce flooding and prevent pollution, but studied Theology at university and is now pursuing his long held religious calling to be ordained as a deacon.

As a self-supporting minister, David will continue in his company role whilst taking on a new identity as a deacon serving in the Derby diocese following three years studying a BA in Theology at the Yorkshire Ministry Course.

David said: “My calling spans many years but taking this next step has not been easy for me as I continually questioned the calling along with many others questioning it for me. After numerous times of running away, I kept finding  myself back investigating the calling further.

“I finally gave in questioning and said “OK GOD you got me”, after which I have had an overwhelming feeling of liberation.

“I would hope and will pray that I am able to bring a person to know Jesus Christ, nurture new believers and transform unjust structures, which is going to be an interesting and somewhat challenging exercise in the aggressive world of Business and Commerce.

“I am most looking forward to proclaiming the Good News and to preach the word of God with an identity of Deacon in the Church of England. For anyone else wishing to take this step, I would say: Be brave, and God will do the rest!”

Along with the other candidates, David will be presented to the Bishop of Derby, The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern at a public service at Derby Cathedral at 10.45am, Sunday 26 June 2016.

Award Winning Performance Poet to Become a Deacon


An award-winning performance poet is one of the six people to be ordained a Deacon

at a special Petertide service at Derby Cathedral on Sunday 26 June 2016.

Ben Allison, 29, will become the Pioneer Curate, North Wingfield Team Ministry. Originally from Leeds, he will be the third generation in his family to be ordained. His father and grandfather are both still serving in the Leeds Diocese.

Married to Clare for nine years, Ben has a young family of three children; Amos (5), Alethea (3) and Edna (7 months). Currently training at Cranmer Hall, Durham, he will be moving to Derbyshire ahead of his ordination.

A very successful performance poet, Ben has won the Hebden Bridge Festal Slam, Greenbelt Festival Slam and Ted Hughes Festival Slam. He also has autism and dyspraxia and has reflected on his experiences for a church resource book on Disability.

Ben said: “Becoming a deacon means a change a in identity, laying aside my lay identity in order to serve the communities to which I am called in a new and exciting way. I hope to find new ways of doing church which don't just seek to draw those on the edge of my community into existing services and congregations, but rather build church around them.

“I’m most looking forward to finally be able to do what I love full-time: serving my community, and proclaiming the Gospel. It’ll also mean I'll no longer be a northerner! I have to learn how to minister in the strange, alien culture of North Derbyshire.

“To others considering taking the same step, I say do not be afraid of your weaknesses. Do not be afraid of being vulnerable. The God who has called you will not abandon you.”

Former music teacher to swap the classroom for church and become a Deacon at Derbyshire Cathedral

A former Derby music teacher is to be ordained as a Deacon at a special Petertide service at Derby Cathedral on Sunday 26 June 2016.

Lindsay Pearson, 34, will become Assistant Curate for Wirksworth Team Ministry after three years at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield.

Before making a move into the church, Lindsay worked as a music teacher at a secondary school, and for an ecumenical partnership in Derby.

Lindsay said: “I cannot really explain how I was drawn into this direction, but I was - and here I am, on the brink of ordination.

“I am looking forward to taking part in the liturgical life of the parishes I serve, and becoming involved in the community.

“I don’t know Wirksworth yet but it is very beautiful - I’m enjoying familiarising myself with the area.”

Former Chesterfield Pastor to Return to Derbyshire to be Ordained as a Deacon

A former Chesterfield Street Pastor is due to return to his home county to be ordained as a Deacon at a special Petertide service at Derby Cathedral on Sunday 26 June 2016.

James Durrant, 26, will become the Assistant Curate to the parish of St Alkmund and St Werburgh in Derby. Originally from Chesterfield, he volunteered as a street pastor for two years in his hometown after studying Environmental Economics and Environmental Management at University of York.

Married to Chloe since 2015, James is currently training at Cranmer College in Durham and is looking forward to returning to Derbyshire to take up his ministry.

James said: “It will be great to return to Derbyshire after three years away to an area which I 'm looking forward to getting to know.

“I am delighted to be in a position to serve a community and to walk alongside them in their discipleship journey, from those who have been walking for many years to those who do not yet know they have a journey before them.

“To others considering taking this step, I say God does not call the equipped but equips the called. If God is calling you the skills, support and gifts you need will be provided. You are being called for who you are, not in comparison to anyone else”.

Solicitor Embarks on Second Career with Church of England

Giles Orton low res A high flying solicitor is swapping his 35 year legal career for one in the pulpit as he is ordained Deacon at a special service at St Laurence, Long Eaton on 3 July 2016.

Giles Orton, 56, from Kirk Langley, will become Assistant Curate to the parishes of Long Eaton St Laurence and Ilkeston Holy Trinity. Married to Jane, an Amber Valley Borough Councillor, and with three grown up sons, Orton was a pensions litigation partner in the national firm Eversheds until April this year when he retired from the partnership to become a part-time legal consultant and trustee and to prepare for ordination as a self-supporting minister.

Giles said: “My new role will be an exciting journey and an awesome responsibility. I am looking forward to being involved in the life of the parishes and to help the people in my community come to know and serve God better through word and sacrament.“

Giles, whose work included acting for the Maxwell pensioners and working with the government to establish the Pensions Protection Fund, continued:

“In my legal career, I did much to help pensioners in their retirement from work. In the next stage of my career I hope to be able to help people prepare for the next retirement and to meet their Maker in the next life that Christ promises.

“My motivation to take this step came from being called to follow in the footsteps of my late grandfather, who was also a priest.

I was born in Retford in Nottinghamshire, but moved to Kettering in Northamptonshire aged 5.  I worked for may years in the newspaper industry in Northamptonshire and then in Suffolk, before moving to Nottinghamshire 10 years ago.  Since then I have completed a degree, masters degree and trained to become a secondary school teacher and I now work at Queen Elizabeth's Academy in Mansfield where I teach Health and Social Care, Child Development, Sociology and RE.  I will be continuing to work full time following ordination.

I will be serving at St Mary and St Laurence in Bolsover.  'I am looking forward to my new role as curate and working with Rev Rachel Gouldthorpe and immersing myself into the life and work of the church.                         

In my spare time I enjoy long walks with my black labrador, Basil.  

I’m Carla Vicencio Prior. I’m 44, I’m married to Nick and we have two children. I’m Portuguese, but moved to the UK in 1985 and have lived here (on and off) ever since.  Before training for ministry, most of my working life was spent in a business context, mostly marketing and market research and running my own small business.

New curate at Derwent Oak, and the Trent and Derwent Parishes

On July 5th I’ll be ordained at Ashbourne Parish Church, and I’m privileged to be training partly at Derwent Oak, alongside Beth Honey, a community chaplain, and partly with the Trent and Derwent Parishes - as a local friend said to me on my breaking the news: ‘That’s all the really pretty Derby villages then - good work!’

I was born and brought up in Brighton, and moved to Solihull in the West Midlands in 1980, and then on to Lincolnshire in 2000.  In 2009 I remarried, and moved onto my wife’s farm in Derbyshire in 2009.  I have a son who lives in Bristol with his family, his wife Fiona and their children Isabella 3, and Charles (Charlie) born on 14th April this year.  I have retired from paid employment and I keep myself busy by pottering around the family farm, getting more involved in church work and driving as a volunteer for Community Transport.  Before I retired I worked formerly as an Internal Auditor and latterly in resident involvement making sure that tenants of Local Authorities and Housing Associations have a voice in the organisations that they are tenants of.


Black Sheep and Crooked Spires

Hilary Moore, is to be ordained as a Self-Supporting Pioneer deacon at a service in Ashbourne on Sunday July 5th. She will serve her curacy at the Order of the Black Sheep in Chesterfield with a secondary placement at St Mark’s and SS Augustine’s, also of Chesterfield.

Dan Leathers, a former Student worker and Derby University Lay Chaplain, is to be the new Curate at St James’ and St Luke’s Churches in Glossop. He will be ordained by the Bishop of Derby, Alastair Redfern, at a service in St Oswald’s Ashbourne on the 5th July (10.45am).

After moving to Burton when he was 10, Dan has spent most of his life in Derbyshire. Meeting Claire at Derby University they are now married with two sons, Josh (4) & Peter (7 months).

Sue Ives-Smith a former Licensed Reader is to be the new curate of St. John the Baptist Church at Tideswell. After being ordained deacon by the Bishop of Derby, at a service in St Oswald’s Parish Church, Ashbourne at 10.45 on Sunday 5th July 2015 at 10.45am.

She was born in Coventry, but moved at five years old to a small village called Stoke Golding, on the Leicestershire, Warwickshire border, before moving to Swadlincote in Derbyshire. Sue is married to Dave and they have two grown up children, Rebecca and Martin.

Alan Griggs, 43 is to be a self- supporting Curate at St Barnabas, Derby after being ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Dr Alistair Redfurn , at a service in St Oswalds Church, Ashbourne on Sunday  5th July  at 10.45am.

Marian Brookes, a former Reader, is to be ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Derby,

Alastair Redfern, at a service in St Oswald's Church, Ashbourne on Sunday July

5th. (10.45am)   Marian will serve her curacy as a self-supporting LOM in the Parish of All Saints Church, Ripley.

Marian lives in Ripley with her husband Jim.  They have two married daughters and four lovely grandchildren who make them laugh and keep them in touch with the ever changing culture of our time!  Both Marian and Jim have retired from careers in education. 

Post: Pioneer curate of Wirksworth Deanery, working with ‘The Bridge’, Matlock, and Wirksworth Team.

From: I have a conflicted background having spent equal time growing up living in Lancashire (Blackburn, Blackpool and Lancaster) and Yorkshire (Halifax, Bradford, and Shipley). We have spent the last three years in the North East whilst I trained for the ministry at Cranmer Hall in Durham.

A lifelong Christian, I grew up just outside Glasgow with my parents, brother and sister.  By my mid teens, I was immersed in Christian groups, leading Bible studies, giving talks at my school Scripture Union group, which I chaired for my last two years there, and helping lead various children’s holiday clubs and camps.  Since then, I have been involved in leading children’s clubs and youth groups fairly regularly, though there has been a gradual switch to leading adult groups over time. 

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