Edward Backhouse will be joining the Diocese of Derby as Assistant Curate following his ordination on Sunday 9 July 2017. He will serve the communities of Aston on Trent, Weston on Trent, Elvaston, Shardlow, Swarkestone, Barrow upon Trent and Twyford.
Edward was encouraged to explore the possibility of ministry by a local minister after he felt the call aged 16. The youngest of this year’s ordinands at age 26, he has spent the past five years studying theology both at St John’s Theological College, Nottingham and Cranmer Hall, Durham.
Talking about his new role Edward said:
“I hope that I will see many blessings in my life when I start my new role as a deacon. I hope to see the churches flourish and equip the laity to do Gods work in our local area. I'm most looking forward to actually doing on the ground ministry, after the last five years have been spent in theological college forming myself for that role. To anyone considering the step into ministry, I would encourage you to step out and explore the possibility of vocation in the church."
Edward Backhouse will be ordained as Deacon at a special service on Sunday 9 July at All Saints Church, Aston on Trent led by The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern.
The Diocese of Derby will welcome eight other new Deacons at the main ordination service on Sunday 2 July at Derby Cathedral, 10.45am.
The Church of England nationally will ordain many new ministers over the weekend (1-2 July), as part of the celebrations, those being ordained, their friends, family, congregations and clergy are being encouraged to use twitter to congratulate and celebrate with the tag #NewRevs