The Diocese of Derby has welcomed eight new deacons into ordained ministry in a service at Derby Cathedral.
The eight men and women are now beginning their ministry in parish churches across the Diocese.
Sunday's ordination service was led by the Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Libby Lane.
The new deacons include a former nurse, a former equine manager and a former Sunday school leader.
Sally-Anne Beecham to serve in the Benefices of Bakewell, Ashford in the Water with Sheldon and Rowsley and Chesterfield St Augustine;
Rhoda Blackwell to serve in the Benefice of Newbold;
Brenda Jackson to serve in the Benefice of Bakewell, Ashford in the Water with Sheldon and Rowsley and the Peak Deanery;
Elaine Jones to serve in the Benefice of Sawley;
Dawn Knight to serve in the Benefices of Allestree St Nicholas and Quarndon;
James Milwain to serve in the Benefice of Chesterfield St Mary and All Saints;
Jenny Newman to serve in St Werburgh’s, Derby Bishop’s Mission Order;
Anthony Till to serve in the Walbrook Epiphany Team Ministry.
They will now start a three-to-four-year post of curate, training alongside experienced vicars.
Will Eley, to serve in the Benefice of Normanton-by-Derby, will be ordained deacon at St Giles, Normanton, on Sunday 7th July 2019.
Deacons are normally ordained as priests after a year.