Revd Loraine Mellor and Jill Baker were inducted as President and Vice-President as the first items of business at the Methodist Conference in London, on Saturday 24 June 2017.
The Revd Loraine Mellor (left) has been a presbyter since 1995 and is Chair of the Nottingham and Derby District. A member of the Church's Strategy and Resources Committee, Loraine is coordinator of the Larger than Circuit group which is considering how the Church can best reflect the missional needs of today's Church.
"I want to encourage and enable the Church to put God back on the agenda in our communities and enthuse people to share the Good News. The Church has reached a tipping point, the time has come for us to take some risks in our mission and in our discipleship in order to help us grow," said Mrs Mellor.
Jill Baker (right) is a local preacher and tutor in the Scotland District, exploring and leading pilgrimages. She enjoys writing and, in the past, spent eight years as a mission partner in the South Caribbean. Jill was President of Methodist Women in Britain between 2011 and 2013.
"I am thankful to the Methodist family for the prayer and for the support it offers in hard times. I am committed to working locally and connexionally for an inclusive, just, compassionate and creative Church."
Day by day
Prayers for a 'Spiritual five-a-day'
Day by day - exploring the rhythm of mission and discipleship'
is the theme chosen by the Revd Loraine N Mellor and Mrs Jill Baker,
President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference 2017/2018
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