We are delighted to announce that the Revd Calvert Prentis has been appointed as Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Development for the Church of England - Birmingham.
Calvert is currently half-time Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands (ADDO) in the Diocese of Chelmsford and Priest in Charge of St John's, Seven Kings – an urban multi-ethnic parish in Ilford. In addition he oversees work on Young Vocations and holds the brief to encourage more BAME Vocations, (Black and Minority Ethnic), across all three episcopal areas of the Diocese.
Calvert brings considerable experience both in vocations work and diverse parish ministry settings of varying traditions. Previously he was Team Rector in Southwark providing leadership for three churches in the Horley Team, as well as ADDO within the Croydon Episcopal Area. This followed seven years as Vicar in a suburban town setting in Wakefield Diocese, and five years as a Team Vicar in Leeds where he also led a church plant. He also served as an ADDO in both Wakefield and Ripon and Leeds. He has meanwhile worked on national strategy to encourage BAME vocations and ministry, serving for five years as Chair of CMEAC (Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns) Vocations Working Group.
Before ordination in the Church of England and his training at St John’s College, Nottingham, he worked in Birmingham at the same time as ministering in the Wesleyan Holiness Church. He went on to serve his curacy in neighbouring Coventry – so he is no stranger to the West Midlands!
About his appointment Bishop David said: “I am delighted that Calvert has accepted the role of Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocations Development. His vocations work in four different Dioceses and at national level is extensive and his experience in encouraging BAME ministry will be a great blessing across our superdiverse Diocese.”
Bishop Anne, who oversees the sponsoring of ordination candidates said: “It is great news that we will be welcoming Calvert and his family to Birmingham. As well as discernment with those exploring ordination, he will be working with myself and others to develop a vocations strategy more widely, which will encourage and nurture a range of vocations – lay and ordained. Calvert’s experience is broad and varied and I am looking forward to working with him.”
Calvert said, “I am pleased to be offered this exciting post and look forward to joining the team in Birmingham. The vision of for a Transforming Church’ involves all Christians. I am passionate to see people develop in faith and find their vocation.”
Calvert hopes to start just before Easter and there will be a service to welcome him, the date of which will be made known in due course. In the meantime our very able Interim DDO Team – David Lee, Paul Hinton and Emma Sykes, will continue their work and all enquiries should be made to them.