The Dean of Derby, The Very Revd Dr Stephen Hance, has been appointed National Lead for Evangelism and Witness for the Church of England.
This announcement was made to the congregation at the 10.45am Eucharist service on 7th July 2019 and the Church of England made the announcement the following day.
The Dean said “I am a missioner at heart, passionate about growing the Church and helping people come to faith in Christ. My new role is all about enabling the Church of England to focus on these priorities and as such, it is one I had to say yes to. I will be sorry to leave Derby but grateful for all we have accomplished here together. The Cathedral and Diocese will remain in my heart and my prayers.
Stephen’s last service will the 10.45am Eucharist on Sunday 1 st September 2019 and will take up his new role at the end of September.
Dr Christina Baxter
Richard became Canon for Liturgy at Derby Cathedral in September 2018 and has the responsibility for worship and music including preparing the many special services which take place at the Cathedral in the course of a year.
Born in Bedford, Richard was a teacher before ordination and trained for the ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in California. After a curacy in Worcester Diocese, he moved to Derby for the first time to become Chaplain of what is now Derby University, before becoming vicar of Chellaston and then vicar of Spondon, when he was also chair of the Diocesan Board of Education. Immediately before coming to the Cathedral he spent thirteen years away from the Diocese as Team Rector of Dunstable in Bedfordshire.
Richard is married to Alison and they have two grown-up sons. As a family, they are keen Derby County FC supporters and love the Northumberland coast where they own a holiday property.
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Derby Cathedral was visited by SCIE (the Social Care Institute for Excellence) for an audit of safeguarding provision in March 2019. The report from the Audit is published today. The Chapter of Derby Cathedral welcome the report, which will now form the basis of the Cathedral’s work on safeguarding for the future The Chapter are committed to safeguarding all at Derby Cathedral. An action plan will be adopted by the Chapter at its meeting in October. This will be published on the Cathedral website as soon as it has been adopted.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of Music at Derby Cathedral. Alexander Binns is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and held organ scholarships at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Marylebone Parish Church and Southwark Cathedral before taking up his present appointment as Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in 2016. Alex will be taking up his position at Derby Cathedral after Easter, when we look forward to welcoming him with his wife Dora and young son Peter.