Agricultural chaplaincy supports farmers and all those involved in the agricultural industry, throughout Derbyshire.
Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy Helpline: 01629 828460.
Find out more about Derbyshire Agricultural Chaplaincy
Agricultural Chaplain: The Revd Alan Griggs
Associate Agricultural Chaplain: Rev'd Dr. Stella Mills
Young Farmers Chaplain: Emily Brailsford
The Revd Alan Griggs
Alan has recently replaced Graham Hinds as Agricultural Chaplain in July 2015 and is employed by Rural Action Derbyshire for three days a week to support farmers and the wider rural community.
Alan moved to Derbyshire after marrying Louise in 2001, (the daughter of a farming family from Longford) at Ashbourne Methodist Church. Alan has had a varied career, having worked for British Midland Airways at Heathrow Airport and then run his own business as a Flooring Contractor. He then studied alongside work at Derby University from 2001 to 2004, completing a BSc in Third World Development. He then joined the Derbyshire Probation Service in 2004 to support individuals returning to the community following a term in prison.
More recently, Alan was ordained Deacon in the Church of England in July 2015, after three years training at St Johns College in Nottingham. He now serves as assistant curate at St Barnabas church in Derby alongside his work as Agricultural Chaplain.
Alan says that “it is a privilege supporting others offering a listening ear when life doesn’t always go to plan and things get tough”.
Please pray that God will open opportunities for Alan to support the rural community, and in particular for farming families as they face some of their most challenging times ahead.
Tel: 07710 088972 or Email:
Associate Agricultural Chaplain:
Rev'd Dr. Stella Mills
I am a Methodist Minister serving in the area between Stanton and Uttoxeter and have been in rural ministry for over ten years. Previously, I inherited a small-holding in Wales which was let to sheep and which introduced me practically to hefting! The Arthur Rank Centre has also played a part in my work and I have written occasionally in its magazine Country Way.
Having taken managed severance from higher education where I worked in software engineering, I am interested in the health and well-being of the farmers and their animals, with a particular interest in sharing farmers' experiences of difficult times through both human and animal suffering.
I am a member of the Rural Theology Association and have contributed papers to its journal, Rural Theology. In addition, I am a visiting professor at the St Mary's and St Giles Centre at Wrexham Glyndwr University as well as being a visiting professor in health and well-being at the University of Chester.
Tel: 01283 820110 / 07486 314738 or Email:
Young Farmers Chaplain:
I am a married mum of three children aged 14, 8 and 7. I seem to have followed a roundabout route to essentially come back to where I started. I am the granddaughter of a farmer and spent my youth herding cattle on my horse, then I became a beauty therapist, then worked in the bank, trained as a TA and have now returned to the world of farming.
My church life has also gone full circle. I attended Sunday School as a child but avoided church when nights out with my friends was more interesting. I came back to the church after the birth of my first child and last year was licensed as a Lay Reader in the Church of England. On the rare occasions I get any time to myself I like to spend it reading or doing embroidery.
I can't wait to see what the future holds as an Agricultural Chaplain!
Tel: 07594 088858 or Email: