Revd Graham Carter elected President of the Methodist Conference 2006

The Revd Graham Carter has been elected President of the Methodist Conference for 2006- 7. Currently the chair of the Darlington Methodist District, Graham will start his year of office when Conference opens in Edinburgh in June 2006.

Sunderland-born Graham was ordained in 1970 and worked in Newcastle, Merseyside and Durham before becoming chair of the Darlington District in 1997. He also worked for six years as religion producer at BBC Radio Merseyside.

Graham says that one of the themes of his year of Presidency will be on committed and responsible discipleship. 'In a time of change all change in the church needs to be underpinned with committed and responsible discipleship,' he says. 'It's no good changing structures unless people are committed.'

Graham is married with two children and two grandchildren. He enjoys walking, music and model railways, and is a passionate supporter of Sunderland Football Club and Durham County Cricket Club.

Graham is looking forward to his year of Presidency, during which he will travel widely within Britain and overseas. He will also represent the Church at national events such as the Armistice Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph. 'It is an immense privilege and responsibility,' says Graham, 'and the fact that Conference believes that what I have to offer will be of value to the church is very humbling. I have confidence that the Christian gospel, for all signs of decline of the church in Western Europe, is still capable of turning the world upside down.'

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