St Mellitus College, East Midlands

St Mellitus College has announced that it will be offering full-time context based training in the East Midlands from September 2019 following approval from the Ministry Division of the Church of England and its own Board of Trustees.

This provision is being undertaken in collaboration with the Dioceses of Southwell & Nottingham and Leicester at the invitation of the Bishops.

The new teaching centre will be located in the East Midlands, with the venue in either Leicester or Nottingham. Provision of accredited programmes is subject to approval by Common Awards. Applications for St Mellitus College programmes are currently open.

Bishop Sarah Mullaly and Bishop Stephen Cottrell, Co-Chairs of the St Mellitus Board of Trustees, said in a joint statement: “We are delighted to be partnering in the Gospel with the Dioceses of Leicester and Southwell & Nottingham and continuing the excellent work already in place in the region to serve the mission and ministry of the Church”.

The Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Williams, said: “I am very thankful that we will soon be welcoming St Mellitus to the East Midlands to play an important role in the development of our wider plans for growing disciples in every part of the diocese, bringing particular experience in providing full-time context-based training for those preparing to be ordained.

“We are pleased to be co-sponsors with the Diocese of Leicester and look forward to the ways this new partnership can strengthen the mission we share across the region, along with other dioceses, and the different colleges and courses dedicated to equipping lay and ordained people in our churches.”

The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Revd Martyn Snow, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with St Mellitus and our friends from the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham in this new opportunity for contextually-driven training in the East Midlands. It brings with it the chance for a wide range of candidates in the region to access high quality missional training, and will enable a broader diversity of ministers whose formation will have been both grounded in deep theological study and practical “hands on” experience in their training placements.”