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St Mellitus NW Director Appointed

Rev Dr Jill Duff is to be the Director for St Mellitus NW (St Aidan’s Centre) it was announced today. 

Jill, who has worked in parish, pioneer and training roles in Liverpool, will become the first Director of this dynamic new partnership. Prior to ordination, she was a research scientist and manager in the oil industry.

St Mellitus NW (St Aidan’s Centre) will be based at Liverpool Cathedral and will offer innovative training for missional leaders and full time ordination training from September 2013.

It is the result of an exciting partnership between 5 North West dioceses (Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Liverpool & Manchester) and St Mellitus College London. This is the first time full-time ordination training is available in the North West for 44 years since St Aidan’s College Birkenhead was closed in 1969.

The college will offer a mix of quality teaching delivered by local teachers, London staff and North West based practitioners. For those training for Church of England ordination, Half the learning will be on the job with a carefully chosen mentor. It will also welcome independent students from all Christian backgrounds who want to go deeper in their theology with a missional edge.

The Right Reverend Robert Atwell, Bishop of Stockport and Chair of St Mellitus NW said: “Jill Duff brings to this post huge experience as a research scientist and manager in the oil industry, combined with insights from pioneer ministry. These equip her uniquely for this exciting new role. There is so much potential here in the North-west and I look forward to working with her.”

The Right Reverend Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington and Vice-Chair of St Mellitus NW commented “I am delighted that Jill has been appointed as Director. Jill’s skills, knowledge and will enable St Mellitus NW (St Aidan’s Centre) to become an excellent and much need centre for full time training in the North West.

The Rev Dr Graham Tomlin, Dean of St Mellitus added ‘ St Mellitus North West is a very exciting development both for the College and we hope for the Church in the North West of England. Jill is the ideal person to head up this new venture and we are delighted that she is joining our staff to help this vision become a reality. We are looking forward very much to working in partnership with the Diocese of the North West to enable this new route for missional leadership to emerge.’

Dean of Liverpool, The Very Reverend Dr Pete Wilcox said “Jill’s appointment brings St Mellitus NW (St Aidan’s centre) one step closer. The cathedral looks forward to working closely with Jill and her colleagues as we prepare to host the first group of full time ordinands in September”

Rev Dr Jill Duff said: “The tide is turning in our nation and there is a new openness towards God’s good news. My vision is to see missional leaders from all denominations and backgrounds sent out by St Mellitus NW to lead and plant churches which help transform communities and society.”

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St Mellitus NW (St Aidan’s Centre) only full-time non residential ordination training route in the North West, it will complement the excellent part-time courses offered by the All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry and the Lancashire and Cumbria Theological Partnership. It is good news for those

• might not otherwise have considered ordination
• want to train ‘on the job’ in a church context
• want their training to be shaped by the context of the North West church
• for family reasons are unable to move away to train
• want training focussed on missional leadership
• are attracted by St Mellitus’s reputation for excellence & generous orthodoxy
St Mellitus College in London has developed an excellent reputation since it started in 2007, attracting over 100 ordinands and over 400 others training for missional leadership from across many denominations
Jill was born and brought up in Bolton. She is married to Jeremy from Liverpool and loves being mum to two young boys. She holds degrees in Natural Sciences, Chemistry and Theology from Oxford and Cambridge universities. Jill worked in the oil industry before being ordained in 2003. Her time in ministry in a council estate in North Liverpool has given her a passion for God’s good news for people of all backgrounds. Time off is split between her caravan in North Wales and Widnes where her husband is a Vicar.

For further information: www.stmellitus.org

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