Uckfield’s new Church of England curate has worked at Aintree, Newmarket and as part of the London 2012 back-up team.
Christian Mitchell, 42, will be ordained deacon by the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner in Chichester Cathedral on June 28.
He trained as a chartered surveyor before switching to racecourse management.As a deacon he will continue to prepare for ordination to the priesthood in a year’s time.
He said: “I worked at Aintree helping with two Grand Nationals before moving to Newmarket Racecourses as operations manager for nine years where I also managed building projects. Before moving to Oxford to study at Ripon College Cuddesdon, I helped deliver catering services to two of the Olympic venues.”
Christian is married to Vicky, a rural practice chartered surveyor. They have sons Hugh, 11, a chorister at Chichester Cathedral and Charlie, seven.