Roger Walton & Rachel Lampard elected as Methodist President & Vice-President for 2016/17
01 July 2015
- Photos of the new President and Vice-President Designate
The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Dr Roger Walton to
be President of the Conference in 2016/17, and Ms Rachel Lampard to
be Vice-President. Both will start their year of office when the
Conference meets in London on 2 July 2016. They will succeed the
current President and Vice-President, the Revd Steve Wild and Dr
Jill Barber, as the first item of the Conference's business.
For ten years Roger was the Director of the Open Learning
Centre, and for eleven years the Director of the
Wesley Study Centre in Durham. He is currently the Chair of the
West Yorkshire Methodist District and the Methodist representative
to the General Synod of the Church of England.
"This is a wonderful gift from the Church and I am deeply
honoured," said Roger. "I owe so much to the Methodist people and
have learned the way of Jesus in this church. I hope to encourage
us to continue be a learning, loving and outward looking community
for transformation of the world."
Rachel is the leader of the
Joint Public Issues Team, which has for many years been at the
forefront of campaigns about UK poverty, nuclear weapons and
climate change. She has been a Commissioner with the Gambling
Commission since 2006 and is an active member of Winchester Road
Methodist church in Walthamstow.
"I feel humbled and very excited," she said. "I am looking
forward to meeting with Methodist people around the Connexion,
celebrating together our shared Christian commitment to justice as
we explore what it means to follow Jesus today. I would ask you to
pray for Roger and me as we take on this responsibility."
The role of President of the Methodist Conference is reserved
for presbyters, and that of Vice-President for lay people or