23rd October 2017
The Revd Canon Carol Coslett has been appointed as the next Archdeacon of Chesterfield succeeding the Venerable Christine Wilson, who is now Dean of Lincoln Cathedral.
Canon Coslett is currently Rector of the United Benefice of Betchworth and Buckland in the Diocese of Southwark, an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral, as well as serving as an Acting Archdeacon, Assistant Area Dean of Reigate Deanery, and Diocesan Faith in the Countryside Rural Officer. In these roles she has gained a great deal of experience which will assist her in her new position.
Before she was ordained, Carol gained an MA in Music Education and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at Jesus College Cambridge in Music and Religious Education for Secondary. She went on to train for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon before serving her curacy in the Diocese of Guildford. In 2007 she became Rector of her present parishes. Carol was appointed Faith in the Countryside Officer in 2011, which involves co-ordinating and networking across the Dioceses of Canterbury, Guildford and Chichester, as well as working across the same dioceses in her role of Chaplain for the Farming Community Network since 2012. She has a keen interest in supporting the presence of the church in communities, and reaching out to those isolated particularly in semi-rural areas.
Carol loves walking, and is looking forward to exploring the Derbyshire countryside with her husband Martin, their two grown up children; David and Clara, and their Jack Russell (Fudge). She also enjoys playing her clarinet, singing, reading, foreign travel, and visits to the opera, theatre and historic houses.
Canon Coslett said, “I am very excited to be joining the Diocese of Derby, especially working with the clergy and parishes of the Chesterfield Archdeaconry. I am particularly impressed by the new developments to use resources within the deaneries and I look forward so much to being able to visit the churches and get to know the communities in this wonderful part of Derbyshire. It will be a real privilege to serve you as we ‘share Christ’s presence in every community’”.
The Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, said: “I am delighted that Carol has accepted my invitation to join our team. She brings an impressive range of skills and experience which will be a great gift to the future mission of our diocese.”
Canon Coslett will take up her new position in Spring 2018.