The Venerable Carol Coslett has been collated as the Archdeacon of Chesterfield.
The role will see her responsible for the northern half of the Diocese of Derby – the Chesterfield Archdeaconry - including a large area of the Peak District and the High Peak, and North East Derbyshire – a total of 131 parishes.
Archdeacon Carol was formally welcomed to the Diocese of Derby on Saturday (10 March) by the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby, together with the Rt Revd Jan McFarlane, Bishop of Repton, and other senior clergy from the diocese. The service was held in the parish church of Chesterfield, St Mary and All Saints – the Crooked Spire.
As well as clergy from her new diocese, the Archdeacon was supported by members of her family, together with friends and colleagues from the Diocese of Southwark, where she served as a parish priest, an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral and Acting Archdeacon.
Being no stranger to the duties of an archdeacon, she said: “I see myself being the eyes and ears of the Bishop in the archdeaconry, the diocese and the parishes – helping to work out problems, assisting with strategies and looking after church buildings and legalities.”
At her collation service, the new Archdeacon emphasised that one of the priorities must be to work together to ensure the Church stays fit for the future: “I hope to support your church and one another in the community and build our Church for the next generation.
“If we are to leave a wonderful legacy for those who come after us, we have to nurture the church family to meet the needs of people whom we are serving.”
And having been a teacher before her ordination in 2003, she said she intends to spend time in schools and being involved with the Diocesan Board of Education.
Carol is married with two grown-up children. She lists swimming, baking and walking her dog, Fudge, as being among her interests and also enjoys amateur dramatics and singing.