Derrick Hesketh, who has been very well known as a lay reader in Tibshelf for many years, having ministered alongside several incumbents since 1989, has been ordained as deacon by the Bishop of Repton, in a special service at Derby Cathedral.
Derrick is a former paramedic in the Nottinghamshire Coalfields, has served on the Diocesan Synod and Diocesan Mission and the pastoral Committee for many years and is also a member of the Alfreton Male Voice Choir.
He was asked by his incumbent, the Rev Gill Manley, to consider training for ordination, and has spent the last 18 months training on the Derbyshire Diocesan Course, which is intended for people with experience in the Church.
Members of the congregation Of St John the Baptist Church Tibshelf, and Derrick’s wife and two sons joined him for the special service.
Derrick will now serve his curacy in Tibshelf, and at the end of his year as deacon will be eligible to be considered for ordination to the Priesthood.