Meet the Clergy
Our Parish Priest
The post of Parish Priest at both our churches is currently vacant – please see the Vacancy page on this website for news about progress towards filling the vacancy.
Our Other Clergy
Fr Tom Barnfather is Associate Priest to Holy Trinity Church, Ilkeston and to St Laurence Church, Long Eaton. He is married to Rosie, and they are blessed with 3 children, and 8 grandchildren. They have lived and worked in some really lovely places, but Derbyshire is one county in which they have neither lived, nor visited previously, so they are very much looking forward to seeing the beautiful countryside and the history of the area.
They have been privileged to minister in so many different settings, in Parish, Army Chaplaincy, and Prison Chaplaincy, and Rosie has been active in Citizen’s Advice, volunteering in schools, and more recently is working in the NHS in an administrative role. They have lived abroad in Germany and Lanzarote, so they are looking forward to settling in to the community, and look forward to getting to know everyone.
As a Priest, Father Tom sees his ministry as offering to God dignified, respectful, well ordered Worship in the Anglo-Catholic Tradition, a tradition that has been established over many decades in the Parishes, and to uphold, and to maintain the Catholic Faith of that tradition. To offer the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Marriage, Healing, and Confession for those who wish to receive them. To encourage the church to continue to be welcoming to all, and to continue to play its part in the wider community.
They have both appreciated the warmth of welcome they have received from Holy Trinity and St Laurence churches, and pray you will find the same warmth of welcome when you come to visit the churches.
Fr Giles Orton was born in Suffolk in 1959 and raised in Yorkshire. He attended King Edward VII Comprehensive School in Sheffield then read Law at The Queen’s College, Oxford. He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1983 and moved to Derby in 1987 where he established a practice in pensions’ law. He retired as a partner from his firm in 2016 though continues to practise part-time as a consultant solicitor and pension trustee. He is married to Jane and has 3 grown-up sons.
Fr Giles trained at St Stephen’s House, Oxford and was ordained deacon at St Laurence’s on 3rd July 2016. He ministers as part-time Assistant Curate both at St Laurence’s, Long Eaton and Holy Trinity, Ilkeston.
Fr Michael Brinkworth was born during an air raid over Gloucester in 1941. His father was chaplain in the RAF and he was posted all over the UK. After being demobbed, he found livings in the South of England which meant that Fr Michael lived a somewhat nomadic early life. He was at School at Milton Abbey in Dorset and after school he worked for some years as a laboratory technician.
Fr Michael was trained at Kelham Theological College run by the monks of SSM in the 1960s and ordained at Blackburn Cathedral in 1967. He was an honorary curate at Lancaster Priory (paid a compulsory stipend of £1.00 a year in four equal instalments ) whilst studying at Lancaster University. It was here that he met Pam, his wife.
After Lancaster he moved south to Portsmouth where he spent four years as a curate at Saint James’ Milton having responsibility latterly for a daughter church, Saint Andrew’s Eastney. In 1974 they moved with their first child to Ault Hucknall in Derbyshire. He was asked to go to Derby in 1984 and moved with his family which had by then increased with the birth of twins, and enjoyed life in the City of Derby. Being vicar of two inner city churches, Saint Anne’s and Saint John’s they gained much experience of city ministry.
In the year of the millennium the Bishop of Derby invited Fr Michael to be a honorary Canon of Derby Cathedral. He retired in 2006 and since then he has helped where he is needed in many churches. In 2013, they were welcomed to Saint Laurence’s and Holy Trinity where they have made their spiritual home. He has had the great privilege of ministering from time to time in both churches. His interests include reading novels and biblical commentaries and also jam and marmalade making and cooking. They often care for their three young grandchildren who delight but exhaust them.
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