Revd Adeola Eleyae appointed Director of St Mellitus College, Chelmsford
Revd Adeola Eleyae

St Mellitus College is pleased to announce that Revd Adeola Eleyae has been appointed as the Centre Director for St Mellitus College, Chelmsford. 

Ade will work closely with the Dean to ensure the flourishing of the Chelmsford Centre and community within the national life of St Mellitus College. The Director is responsible for the delivery of ordination training in Chelmsford, liaising with the national staff team, as well as holding a particular duty of care for the staff and students of the Centre. The Director also works with the Dean and local diocesan partners in the strategic development of the Centre and how it best serves the ministry and mission in the local region and national Church. 

Revd Russell Winfield (Dean of St Mellitus College) says:
I am delighted that Ade will be joining the staff team.  Ade’s work as a lawyer in private and public practice, together with her experience in ministry have given her extensive experience in a wide range of areas including parish ministry, strategic leadership, negotiation, reconciliation and change management which will be a huge blessing to the college. As an alumnus of the college and former trustee, she understands the particular needs and challenges for those training in this context, as well as a commitment to the vision and values of the college. I look forward to all she will contribute to the life of the college in this new capacity.

Revd Adeola Eleyae is Incumbent of All Saints’, Goodmayes, where she will continue to serve as Vicar alongside her role as Director of St Mellitus College, Chelmsford. Ade is also currently the Bishop’s Equality Adviser in the Diocese of Chelmsford and has served as a Trustee of St Mellitus College since June 2018 but will be stepping down from these positions in order to take up her new post.  Prior to ordination, she worked for over 20 years as a solicitor - first in private practice and then with the government – including serving as a Senior Lawyer in the Criminal Appeal Office and Legal Advisor in the Ministry of Defence. Ade trained for ordination at St Mellitus College and was part of both the London and Chelmsford communities, serving her curacy first at St Paul’s, East Ham and then in the Parish of Walthamstow, where she became Team Vicar. Ade is also an Associate Priest at Chelmsford Cathedral and shall continue in this role. 

Revd Ade Eleyae says:
“I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to serve as Director of St Mellitus College, Chelmsford. My passion is to advocate for the underrepresented and marginalised, who were at the centre of Christ’s ministry. The huge changes over the past year have highlighted both the fragility of our society and the potential for the Church to make a difference by modelling the way of hope and restoration that is found in Gospel we preach. This role provides a unique chance to shape and influence future generations of those who lead in the Church and equip them so they can bring about real, meaningful change.  I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges which lie ahead.”

Ade will take up her new role in June 2021.

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