Bringing the hope of the Gospel to those who are 'without God and without hope' has formed a large part of my activity
Will Eley: ordained deacon on 7 July 2019
Eight months ago, I moved home. Back to the city I grew up in. Back to serve in the church my Christian faith was nurtured for the first 18 years of my life.
James Milwain: ordained deacon on 30 June 2019
"It has been wonderful... to proclaim the Gospel, to preach regularly and to serve at the altar."
Hello, I’m the Reverend James Milwain and I am in many ways returning home to the Diocese, having grown up close to the city of Derby.
Sally-Anne Beecham: ordained deacon on 30 June 2019
"God is on the move and I’m excited to be joining in!"
I’m Sally-Anne Beecham and live in Chesterfield with my husband and two children aged 12 and 14.
I became a Christian at 21 after a friend at University told me about her faith and I nervously tried her church one Sunday.
Elaine Jones: ordained deacon on 30 June 2019
"I met Jesus sitting on a beach one evening at Easter"
I was born in Scotland and raised in the Church of Scotland, until the age of 9 when we moved to live in Cyprus after my dad was posted there.
In between riding horses and enjoying the Mediterranean beaches I attended a Pentecostal church.
Anthony Till: ordained deacon on 30 June 2019
"I have a strong sense of needing to stand up for people and address social justice issues"
My Name is Anthony Till and I'm married to Sandra who is also an ordinand. We have three adult children and six grandchildren and Kazbah our 13 year old Border Collie.
I have always lived in Derby and my family have always had a connection with St Edmund's, Allenton & Shelton Lock. My Aunty Edna was a founding member of the Church even before they had the existing Church that was built in 1939.
Dawn Knight: ordained deacon on 30 June 2019
"I am completely open to what and where God's mission takes me."
I’ve been married to Kevin for nearly 30 years, and am mum to 3 adult children, two here on earth, and one in God’s care.
I grew up in a working-class family in East London. My only involvement with Church was through “Church parades” when I was in the Brownies and Guides. At the age of 11, I was presented with a New Testament at school, decided to read it, and began to pray.