The Rev Dermot Thornberry has been appointed superintendent minister of the Borders Mission Methodist Circuit.
Mr Thornberry and his wife Charlene, who live in Blackwell, were welcomed at a special service at Zion Methodist Church, South Normanton.
The service was conducted by circuit ministers the RevMick Dilley and the RevAlan Boyd and the preacher was the RevLoraine Mellor, chairman of the Nottingham and Derby District of the Methodist Church.
Readings were given by the RevAdrian Smith and the Rev Rodney Warden and prayers were led by John Whitehead, circuit local preachers’ secretary. There was a sketch by the Rev Barry Shipley and his wife Nancy.
Welcomes were extended by circuit steward Doris Taylor, Cliff Lewer (representing the district), Joan Mellors (Salvation Army), Pastor Tim Gutmann (Junction 28 Church), the RevStephen Potter (St Michael’s Church) and the Rev John Peters (Alfreton Watchorn Circuit).
Singing was led by The Hill Worship Group of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and organist and pianist were Jean Haslam and Audrey Fones.
The service, which was attended by members of churches in the circuit, followed a bring-and-share tea.
Mr Thornberry, who has moved to Derbyshire from Torbay, has previously served in South Africa and has lived in Australia and travelled through South East Asia.
The Borders Mission Circuit was formed three years ago from churches in the former South Normanton, Clay Cross, Ashfield and part of Ripley circuits.