Diocesan Secretary and Chapter Steward
Rachel was delighted to join the Cathedral in January 2015 as Chapter Steward. She lived in Derby until she was 18 then moved around the UK managing different businesses. Prior to the Cathedral she worked for YMCA for 9 years managing diverse operations and governance. Rachel is also a Board Member and trustee at Midlands Community Finance. She lives in Derby enjoys live music and is a regular at Derby County games.
Tel: 01332 388650
Lay member of Chapter
Val has worshipped at Derby Cathedral since 1987 and became a lay member of the Chapter in April 2014. Val is the mother of two sons who were both head choristers in the Cathedral Choir and she also sings with the Cathedral Voluntary Choir.
Before retirement, Val worked with children with special educational needs in both mainstream and special schools and was a school governor. When not at the Cathedral, she loves spending time with her grandchildren, enjoys bird-watching and visiting National Trust properties.
Lay member of Chapter
David joined the chapter in March 2010. He was High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 2006-7 and has since taken a keen interest in the Cathedral. He is a Chartered Surveyor in general practice and combines this with farming and landowning interests at Cubley where he and his family have lived for 30 years.
David is married to Jane,a non-stipendiary priest in the South Dales & Longford 8 benefices. They have four children and three grandchildren. If ever marooned on a desert island, David would insist on a guitar as his luxury.
Lay member of Chapter
Mark is a lay member of the Chapter and Chair of the Chapter’s finance committee, as well as being a former Warden of the Cathedral. He is also treasurer of Edensor Parish in the Peak District, where he lives. He is, in addition, Executive Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance.
Simon became Canon Chancellor in 2012, following ten years as a parish priest in the Diocese of Bristol. As well as being a member of Chapter, Simon is the Safeguarding Lead for the Cathedral. He has additional roles in the Deanery and Diocese. Simon is the Area Dean for Derby City Deanery, which brings together all the Church of England parishes in the city. He is also Director of Curate Training for the Diocese, supporting those new to ordained ministry across Derbyshire. He has published two books: How to Read the Bible (without switching off your brain) (SPCK, 2015) and Imitation and Scapegoats (Grove, 2016). Both are available from the Cathedral Bookshop. Married with two children, Simon enjoys Dr Who, real ale and walking in Derbyshire.
Tel: 01332 388650
Elizabeth came to Derby in 2014 from a team parish in Witney and an earlier curacy in Somerset; originally from Edinburgh, she is gradually working her way north. Before she was ordained she taught English in schools in Edinburgh and Wells. She has walked to Santiago de Compostela twice and is wondering where to walk next. Her role as Canon Missioner is to explore, begin conversations and create links.
Tel: 01332 341201
Dean of Derby
Tel: 01332 341201
Dr. Stephen Hance trained for the ministry at St. John's Nottingham and was ordained in Portsmouth Diocese where he served his curacy at St. Jude's Southsea. He then served as Team Vicar of St. Saviour's Hanley Road (London Diocese) before moving to Southwark Diocese in 1999, where he was Vicar of Ascension Balham Hill and then Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese and Canon Missioner at the Cathedral. He has a BSc in Sociology from Portsmouth University (where he also met his wife Jacqui), a BTh and MA from Nottingham University, and a DMin from Asbury Theological Seminary (USA).
Responsibilities in the wider Church have included being a member of General Synod, a member of the Council of Intercontinental Church Society, a trustee of Just Earth, chair of the International Alumni Council of Asbury Theological Seminary, and founder/convener of the Cathedrals Growth Network. He has written or contributed to books on Fresh Expressions, Mission Action Planning, forgiveness, confirmation, parenting, and preaching. Stephen is passionate about the Church, the mission of God in the world, and enabling people to flourish.
He has travelled widely, especially in Africa (where he was born) and the USA. He loves music, can often be found at a concert or listening to music at home (on vinyl, preferably) and is a thoroughly mediocre musician himself. Stephen and Jacqui have three adult children, Natalie, Simeon, and Isaac. They enjoy the theatre, friendship, hospitality, and God's creation.
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.
Saturday 9th September 2017
Adventurous participants will get the rare opportunity to abseil from the second highest cathedral tower in the country. Those doing the abseil will climb the 189 steps of the historic 212ft high tower to the top and enjoy perhaps the finest views of Derby city center. They will then make an exciting descent back to the ground by abseiling down the outside of the tower.
Minimum sponsorship option:
Registration Fee: £20
Minimum fundraising target: £100
For more information about this challenge and to discuss fundraising requirements please call the fundraising team on 0800 952 1133 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th June 2017
Downing Street has this morning (Monday 5th June 2017) announced that The Queen has approved the appointment of The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Hance as the next Dean of Derby. He succeeds The Very Revd John Davies as Dean, following his move to Wells Cathedral in 2016.
Dr Hance is to take up his position later in the year. He currently serves as Canon Missioner of Southwark Cathedral and Director of Mission and Evangelism for the Diocese of Southwark, a position that he has held since 2013. In this role, he has taken a lead on the outward-facing aspects of Southwark Cathedral's ministry and played a key role in developing diocesan mission strategy.
He will be bringing to Derby his years of experience promoting the mission of the Church and growing church congregations. During his time in Southwark he founded the Cathedrals and Growth Network which seeks to share good practice amongst cathedrals and enable them to grow in numbers, depth of faith and impact. He became a member of General Synod in 2015 and has published three books and contributed to others on Mission Action Planning, and sacraments and Fresh Expressions of church. He is currently editing a new book on forgiveness.
Stephen joins Derby Cathedral at an exciting period of change. A major building project to re-lead the nave roof is nearing completion, and follows the renewal of the Cathedral interior two years ago. Further plans for the building include the refurbishment of the unique Compton organ, the replacement of the fixed pews with moveable seating to make the building more accessible for services and events, and the use of digital technology to help visitors discover the historical and spiritual riches of the Cathedral. The project to open Derby Cathedral School, a new Church of England secondary school for the city, is well under way. Stephen will be pivotal in all these exciting developments for the Cathedral and the city of Derby.
9th June 2017
On Thursday 15th June 2017 Derby Cathedral will take part in the event by ringing from 7.30 pm - 8.15 pm, following its evening Corpus Christi Eucharist.
BBC Music Day is returning for its third year on Thursday 15 June 2017, celebrating music’s ability to unite communities across generations, and this year bell-ringers have been asked to play an even bigger role. The sound of bells, with their power to bring communities and generations together, was a feature of last year’s BBC Music Day, with over 200 bellringing groups taking part.
This year's theme is the power of music, and the day will feature broadcasts on BBC TV, Radio and digital services from 6am to midnight. Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music explains: "BBC Music Day is a unique opportunity for people to celebrate music and musical talent, whether attending one of the many events taking place or tuning in at home."
Tower Tours are back!
Advance tickets (£5 adults, £4 8-16 years) on sale from the Cathedral Café; capacity limited to 15 each session.
Climb the 189 steps and see Derby like never before from the top of Derby Cathedral’s 212-foot high Tudor tower. See the Smith of Derby carillon play its midday tune on the oldest working set of ten bells in the world and explore the history of the second highest bell tower in the UK!
Tickets include a free drink when purchasing a slice of cake or a scone in Derby Cathedral Bookshop. Tours are led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic Tower historians.
Tower Tour dates can be found here>>
Image credit: Mick Griffiths
Hire the Cathedral Tower!
At 212ft, and 189 steps up, Derby Cathedral’s Tudor Tower is a magical heritage space to explore. Hire the tower for £90 for a private tower tour at a time to suit you and invite up to 14 of your friends! Contact email@example.com for more information
19th April 2017
On Sunday 30th April 2017 there will be peal attempt on the Cathedral bells, involving the local ringers. Ringing will start shortly after 2pm and will finish before Evensong at 6pm. More information Derby Cathedral Bellringing can be found here>>
Derby Cathedral is saddened to hear of the passing of the Rt Revd Michael Perham, former Bishop of Gloucester and the last Provost and first Dean of Derby.
Bishop Michael served the Cathedral for almost six years - first as Provost, and then as Dean - and oversaw the fundraising efforts to acquire and finally open the Cathedral Centre opposite the Cathedral in 2004, which houses an award-winning Bookshop and Café alongside the Cathedral offices.
We are grateful for his ministry and his dedication; he will be in our prayers