Record-Breaking Drummer To Be Ordained
A world record-breaking drummer is to be ordained at Derby Cathedral as a new deacon.
Before training for the ministry at St. John’s College, Nottingham, Benjamin Griffiths taught drum kit and percussion at a number of schools including Repton and Denstone College.
He has previously broken the UKs fastest drummer record twice, having hit 1060 beats in a minute, and is currently ranked 2nd in the UK and 15th in the World’s Fastest Drummer rankings.
He has also appeared on several albums with the band Fire Fly, including ‘Gloria’ – an album of heavy rock carols – in aid of the Bishop’s harvest appeal.
He will be ordained deacon by the Rt Revd Dr Alistair Redfern, Bishop of Derby on Sunday 30th June at 10.45am at Derby Cathedral.
He will then take on the role of assistant curate at St. Thomas’ Brampton, with St. Peter’s Holymoorside.
Ben was born in Tameside, Greater Manchester, but has lived in Derbyshire for the past eleven years. He is married to Clare and they have two children who are nearing the end of primary education.
Ben said: “I am really looking forward to this new chapter in my life.
“Although being a musician will always be a part of who I am, I am eager to explore what God has in store for me and my family in Brampton and Holymoorside.”