New priests and deacons ordained to Church of England

Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, front centre; Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev. Philip North front left and Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev. Geoff Pearson, front right, with the Deacons. Pictured are (back row l-r) Rev. Fleur Green who led the ordination retreat, Phil Maudsley, Chris Krawiec;  (second row l-r) Alex Frost, Lorraine Moffat, Mike Print, Andy Meeson and front row between the Bishops are (l-r) Carolyn Leitch and Rie Walker
Bishop of Blackburn Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, front centre; Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev. Philip North front left and Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev. Geoff Pearson, front right, with the Deacons. Pictured are (back row l-r) Rev. Fleur Green who led the ordination retreat, Phil Maudsley, Chris Krawiec; (second row l-r) Alex Frost, Lorraine Moffat, Mike Print, Andy Meeson and front row between the Bishops are (l-r) Carolyn Leitch and Rie Walker

A comic writer of sketches and sitcoms, a bank manager, a hospital doctor, several teachers, a fitness instructor and a dental hygienist ...

These are just some of the former jobs of the latest cohort of 14 new priests and deacons to be ordained by the Church of England in Lancashire.

Some folk may think trainee clergy are stuffy and dull, trust me we are not!

Alex Frost

The annual occasion took place at the weekend during services in Blackburn Cathedral. There are eight men and six women in the group while the youngest two candidates are 29 and the oldest is 58.

“When I heard the calling I felt compelled to explore it,” says Alex Frost (45), from Burnley. “I have loved every aspect of training, study, worship and fellowship, not to mention the fun and laughter I have shared with my fellow ordinands. Some folk may think trainee clergy are stuffy and dull, trust me we are not!”

Alex, who will serve St Matthew the Apostle (Habergham Eaves) with Holy Trinity, said: “I was born in London but raised in Burnley from around the age of four and grew up in the village of Worsthorne. I attended Edge End High School in Nelson before leaving education to embark on a career in the retail sector.

“My first ever job was a delivery assistant for Currys electrical which, over many years, led to a career in retail management. For the last 15 years my working life has proudly been as a store manager for Argos working, in Accrington, Blackburn and Burnley. Argos was a fantastic experience and great training for ministry. Sarah is my wife and best friend and we have been together since our teenage years.

“We have three children, Joe (17), Holly (13) and Rachel (10). We enjoy family holidays and just being together. My hobbies are various but a big part of my life is following Burnley Football Club accompanied by Holly. I also have a passion for music and love attending concerts. I am a big fan of Depeche Mode, The Smiths and The Cure.

“I am also passionate about writing and have written an un-commissioned sitcom entitled “Tales From the Hut”. Some years ago I was exploring the world of stand-up comedy before God rudely interrupted my plans! I try and witness to my faith by means of my {http://alextheanglican.blogspot.co.uk/|blog”