St Mellitus College announce appointment of Director and Asst Director for the new East Midlands centre

St Mellitus College have today announced the appointment of Revd Dr David Emerton as Director of their new teaching centre in the East Midlands. The Revd Jitesh Patel has also been appointed as Assistant Director. See announcement on St Mellitus website https://www.stmellitus.ac.uk/about-us/news/director-and-assistant-director-st-mellitus-college-east-midlands

David is presently Principal of the School of Discipleship in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham. He will join the St Mellitus team from 1st March on a 0.6fte basis, moving to 0.8 from 1st September. This will mean he is able to continue to play a strategic role in the further development of the School of Discipleship, following a very fruitful first term of the RealLIFE course attended by 250 people in three centres across the diocese. Plans for term two is well under way with over 180 signed up. David will also continue to oversee the development of the new Licensed Lay Ministry/Reader course. Working closely with Canon Richard Kellett, Director of Discipleship & Ministry, and the wider team, he will help support the other strands of training that will enable the formation of lay and ordained ministry across the diocese.

Within St Mellitus College, East Midlands centre, David will be working closely with Revd Jitesh Patel as he prepares to take up the position of Assistant Director from August 2019. Jitesh is presently Associate Vicar (Training & Development) at Holy Trinity Leicester, a position he combines with being Diocesan Director of Contextual Training in the Diocese of Leicester.

Bishop Paul said, “I am delighted that St Mellitus College have been able to make two excellent appointments to lead the new teaching centre in the East Midlands. We have already experienced the benefit of David’s teaching and leadership within our new School of Discipleship, and know that Jitesh will also bring valuable teaching gifts and insights into ministerial formation as the centre establishes itself to help resource mission in parishes and communities across the region.”

St Mellitus had already announced that the centre will be based in Nottingham at Trinity Church starting in September 2019. As with St Mellitus College’s other regional centres, the East Midlands centre will be supported by a local advisory board chaired by the Bishop of Leicester, Rt Revd Martyn Snow.