Derby Diocese joins St Mellitus College collaboration in the East Midlands

The Diocese of Derby has joined with the Dioceses of Southwell & Nottingham and Leicester in their collaboration with St Mellitus College East Midlands to provide ordination training and theological education in the region.

Andy Emerton, Dean of St Mellitus College, said: “We are very excited by, and deeply thankful for, Bishop Libby’s invitation to partner in the Gospel with the Diocese of Derby, and we look forward to working with her and her team as we look to establish the East Midlands’ teaching centre and through it serve the mission and ministry of the Church in the region.”

Bishop Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, said: “It is excellent to have the Diocese of Derby joining us in St Mellitus East Midlands as we grow still further in our work to see mission and ministry flourishing in the region.”

The successful launch of St Mellitus East Midlands was celebrated in the context of an Inaugural Lecture and Launch event at St Martin’s House, Leicester, on Wednesday 13 November.  Dr Jane Williams (Assistant Dean of St Mellitus College and Lecturer in Systematic Theology) delivered the lecture and spoke on the importance of holding together theology and the church, and in particular how theological learning enables profound, life-long attention to God.

St Mellitus College offers ordination training and theological education opportunities across five centres in England, and currently trains 25% of Church of England ordinands.

At the invitation of Bishop Paul and Bishop Martyn Snow (Leicester), St Mellitus East Midlands was established to serve the mission and ministry of the Church in the region by offering full-time context-based ordination training, as well as wider full- and part-time theological education opportunities.

St Mellitus East Midlands opened in September 2019 and is based at Trinity Church Nottingham.  Applications for all St Mellitus College 2020 programmes are now open: click here for details