Lay Training

Across the Diocese of Leeds there are plenty of exciting opportunities to grow in faith as well as to develop your skills and gifts in order to serve God and all God's people within and beyond the Church. These range from one-off events to more sustained courses.

In addition to courses offered at deanery-level, a variety of training opportunities are organised in Episcopal Areas and diocesan-wide inlcuding online learning that can be undertaken independently or within a taught course. The Lay Training Officers provide local training within Deaneries for commisisoned ministries, such as Lay Worship Leaders and Lay Pastoral Ministers, for the whole of our diocese. For more information on the full range of our courses head to the Digital Learning Platform.

Find more information here on the various Lay Ministry Pathways offered in our diocese.

Members of the Diocesan Lay Training Team will be pleased to provide further details, even if your enquiry is tentative. Their contact details are below:

Lay Training Officers

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Director of Lay Training

Dr Mandy Aspland
Lay Training Officer (Lay Ministry Pathways)
Rev'd Angela Hannafin
Lay Training Officer (Discipleship and Evangelism)
Headshot of Hayley Matthews Rev'd Helen Collings
Lay Training Officer (Widening Participation)
Anne Payne
Lay Training Administrator

Leeds School of Ministry

Leeds School of Ministry provides two training hubs for Licensed Lay Ministry (previously known as Readers) through Common Awards (Durham University) at Bingley in The Trinity Centre and in Mirfield, at The Mirfield Centre.

To find out more please visit our School of Ministry page or contact one of our Common Awards Officers below.

Common Awards Officers
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Principal: Leeds School of Ministry & the
Bingley Hub 

Shuna Hartley
School of Ministry Administrator

Revd Canon Dr John Lawson
Part-time Principal: Mirfield Hub

Rev'd Dr Erik Peeters
Honorary Assistant Principal: Mirfield Hub
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Rev'd Helen Collings
Honorary Assistant Principal: Bingley Hub





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