Julie Lomas, 52, will be ordained Deacon at a special Petertide service at Derby Cathedral this weekend.
Julie who lives in Chesterfield is married to Steve and has three grown up children. She has previously worked in a variety of roles most recently as a Chaplain at the Hartington Unit at Chesterfield Hospital. She has also been licensed as a Reader since 2010.
Talking about her journey to ordination, Julie said: “This has been a long time coming. I was licensed as a Reader in 2010 and that was far enough for me at the time but I gradually felt the call to move into deeper waters in my faith journey and began the discernment process in 2012, it got put on hold and I started training in 2014.”
She added: “Becoming a deacon is a dream come true. I am very excited to be serving my local community in this role. I hope to share the good news that God is for us, He knows and loves us. The key decision I took on this journey was that I wanted to love and serve God. Working out how I was going to do that took some time!”
Along with the other candidates, Julie will be presented to the Bishop of Repton, The Rt Revd Jan McFarlane at a public service at Derby Cathedral on Sunday 2 July.
Ordinations will be taking place throughout the country 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