Judith Wells, from Redmile, and Vic Allsop, from Hoby, were made honorary canons of Leicester Cathedral on Sunday in recognition of the work they do for the church.
Both said they felt honoured to be invited to take up the roles after a Service of Installation was led by Acting Bishop, the Right Reverend John Holbrook.
Mrs Wells first became involved in the church when she moved to Melton in 1975 and was asked to run a Sunday School at Swallowdale School.
After moving to Redmile she continued her ministry in the nine parishes of the Vale of Belvoir. She was licensed as a Lay Reader in 2008.
Mrs Wells, who is pictured on Sunday outside Leicester Cathedral after her installation, had family and friends present at the event.
She said: “It was a great honour and privilege to be invited to become a canon and the service was a very special occasion.”
Mr Allsop, who is churchwarden at All Saints Church at Hoby, is administrator for churches in the south-west Framland district and south of Melton.
He said: “I am looking forward to being able to provide a link between rural communities and the cathedral.”