Director and Assistant Director of St Mellitus College, East Midlands
Revd Dr David Emerton & Revd Jitesh Patel

We are delighted to announce the appointments of Revd Dr David Emerton as Director of St Mellitus College, East Midlands and Revd Jitesh Patel as Assistant-Director.

Launching in September 2019, St Mellitus College, East Midlands will be the newest teaching centre for the college, and will offer ordination training and theological education in the East Midlands region. At the invitation of the Bishops, we will look to support the flourishing of mission and ministry across the diverse range of contexts in the East Midlands, working in close collaboration with the Dioceses of Leicester and Southwell & Nottingham. David will join the team from 1st March on a 0.6fte basis (moving to 0.8fte from 1st September) and Jitesh on a 0.5fte basis from 1st August 2019.

Andy Emerton, Former Dean of St Mellitus College, writes:

We are very excited about the appointments of David and Jitesh to the St Mellitus College Team. They bring a vast range of strengths and expertise from the fields of academic theology, practical ministry, administration and leadership, as well as first-hand experience of serving in the East Midlands region within our partner dioceses of Southwell & Nottingham and Leicester. They are both passionate about the task of forming Christlike leaders for the church and we look forward to working with them as we launch the new teaching centre.

David is currently the Principal of the School of Discipleship in the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham. Before that he was a Teaching Fellow in Systematic & Historical Theology at the University of Aberdeen, where he also completed his doctorate. David’s PhD was concerned with the ecclesiology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his ongoing academic research is focussed primarily on fundamental ecclesiological questions. Prior to moving to Aberdeen, David served as a member of clergy in the Diocese of London, and prior to ordination he worked in the City of London as a corporate lawyer. Outside of theology and the church David’s interests include: Liverpool FC, crime novels, fighting a losing battle to keep fit, his wife, Naomi, and his two young daughters (although not necessarily in that order).

Almost 11 years after entering St Mellitus as a student it now seems somewhat unbelievable to be re-entering the College as Director of the new East Midlands teaching centre. To be doing so, however, is an honour and real joy. I took my first theological steps at St Mellitus and it was at St Mellitus that I first learnt to love theology and to express that love in service to the church. The College’s values of unity and generous orthodoxy, missional leadership and the formation of Christ-like character, and theological learning set in the context of prayer and worship remain deeply embedded in my heart, and so I am very much looking forward to working with the Dean and his staff team in serving the church in the East Midlands. ~ David Emerton

Jitesh is currently Associate Vicar (Training & Development) at Holy Trinity Church in Leicester, a position he combines with being Diocesan Director of Contextual Training in the Diocese of Leicester, supporting and training context-based ordinands. He has previously served in parishes in Portsmouth and Oxfordshire, and is currently researching towards a PhD in the area of Postmodern Thought in the Charismatic Movement. He is engaged and soon to be married to his fiancé Bridget who ministers amongst Leicester’s poor and homeless.

It is a great joy to be appointed as the Assistant Director of St Mellitus College East Midlands, and I look forward to working with David, its Director, as we seek to see the new centre begin and flourish. I believe in the crucial nature of ministerial formation and theological education in raising up the next generation of Christian leaders in the church, and I look forward to the transformative effect the new centre will have for the church in the East Midlands area and beyond. ~ Jitesh Patel


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