Area Dean: Revd Canon Dr Simon Taylor

Assistant Area Deans: Revd Trudie Morris and Revd Dr Simon Cartwright

Deanery Administrator: Ms Jo Simister


Derby City Deanery is made up of all the parishes in the city of Derby. It also includes chaplaincies and one Bishop’s Mission Order church. At over a quarter of a million inhabitants, it has about a quarter of the population of the Diocese. This population is culturally diverse and many faiths are represented, and the Deanery has many characteristics in common with other inner cities – for example, in includes more than half the areas of deprivation within the Diocese.

The formation of the new deanery as a legal entity is still in progress. However, we launched at a Festival of Life at Boulton St Mary’s in September 2016 and we are meeting as a combined Synod representing all 35 parishes (including the Cathedral), chaplaincies and BMOs. 

The benefices of: 

Allenton and Shelton Lock

Allestree St. Edmund and Darley Abbey St Matthew

Allestree St. Nicolas





Chaddesden St. Mary

Chaddesden St. Philip with Derby St. Mark


Derby, St. Alkmund and St. Werburgh

Derby, St. Andrew and St. Osmund

Derby, St. Anne

Derby, St. Barnabas

Derby, St. Bartholomew

Derby, St. John the Evangelist

Derby, St. Luke

Derby, St. Paul

Derby, St. Peter and Christ Church with Holy Trinity

Littleover (the Haven Christian Centre is situated in the parish of Littleover)

Mackworth, St Francis

Mickleover (comprising the parishes of Mickleover All Saints and Mickleover St. John the Evangelist)





Sinfin Moor


Wlbrook Epiphany

And the Bishop’s Mission Order churches:

Derwent Oak 


We produce a newsletter approximately every two months (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov) and it is emailed to parishes to be printed out and/or displayed on noticeboards, etc.

If you need a number of ready-printed newsletters, perhaps for people at home, local residential homes, etc, please contact the Deanery Administrator


Newsletter 001: September 2016 

Newsletter 002: October 2016 

Newsletter 003: November 2016 news and events supplement 

Newsletter 004: February 2017

Newsletter 005: March 2017

Newsletter 007: July

Newsletter 008: October

Thereafter we intend to produce a newsletter on these dates though any focus topic is yet to be decided:

Newsletter 9: available late November 2017, deadline 17 November, covering  Christmas, New Year and Epiphany.

Newsletter 10: Available mid January, dealine 5 January for all Lent events. 


The Deanery Synod is a gathering place for clergy and lay representatives in the deanery, where we can pray and take counsel together, supporting one another in mission, and co-ordinating our service and sharing of the Gospel.

Derby City Deanery Synod comprises approximately 50 Deanery Clergy and 125 Lay Representatives from all parishes (allocated according to the number of people on each parish church’s Electoral Roll). Most business is conducted in a combined meeting, but occasionally there are separate meetings for the House of Clergy and the House of Laity. There will be a round of elections for Lay Representatives in early 2017. Lay Representatives  are elected within their parish to serve for three years.


Lay Chair: Mrs Madelaine Goddard

Secretary: Mr Peter Vincent

Treasurer: Mrs Kathryn Hicks


Future Deanery Synod Dates: venues tbc

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Thursday 24 May 2018

Tuesday 25 September 2018

And one date in November tbc


The Deanery Synod provides a vital structural bridge between parochial church councils (PCCs) and Diocesan Synods, bringing together clergy and lay people from neighbouring parishes to discuss issues relating to mission and ministry in the local area. Sometimes it will make a formal decision, sometimes by means of a vote and a local concern raised in your Deanery Synod could find its way onto an agenda for debate by your Diocesan Synod and even by the General Synod.

The Deanery Synod is an important part of the structure and culture of the Church of England. Members are elected by parishes, and the Deanery Synod in turn elects representatives to the Diocesan Synod. Deanery synod meetings are concerned with seeking God’s will for the mission of the Church locally, so it needs to be Christ-centred, prayerful and open to the Spirit speaking through all.

It can take strategic decisions to advance local mission and ministry, but it also serves the witness and mission of the wider Church.

Potentially the work that Deanery Synods do at local level can help shape the Church at national level for years to come.


This team of nine consists of the:

Area Dean and Assistant Area Dean(s)

Lay Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of Synod

Elected Lay and Clergy Representatives of Synod

Deanery Administrator, and up to two co-opted members.

The Deanery Synod is required to have a standing committee. The first Derby City Deanery Synod (held in September 2016) approved the proposal that our Deanery Leadership Team be the standing committee. 

One of its functions is to prepare the agenda for Deanery Synod and conduct any business between meetings that is required. 

It also has two other functions.  First, as the Mission and Pastoral Committee of the Deanery, supporting parishes in vacancy and taking an overview of the needs for mission and ministry in the Deanery.  It is also in a good position to deal with the legal issues as the new Deanery comes into being.

Second, it has the role of co-ordinating the mission of the church in the Deanery, supporting and developing the missional role of the Deanery.  In this capacity, the Deanery Leadership Team will take a leading role in writing any Deanery Mission Action Plan.


The Diocese of Derby

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