Tim Annan inducted as new Methodist Youth President
15 August 2016
Timm Annan, 22, was inducted as the new Youth President
of the Methodist Church yesterday (Sunday 14 August 2016) at
Harrowby Lane Methodist Church, Grantham.
This important role in the life of the Church will see Tim
represent thousands of young people across the UK, both at home and
The service, presided over by the Revd Dr Roger Walton,
President of the Methodist Conference, and the Revd Helen Cameron,
Assistant Secretary of the Conference, was streamed live over the
internet, broadcast in churches and to youth groups across the
Tim takes up his new role following an election that took place
at last year's 3Generate, the Methodist Children and Youth
Assembly; taking over from the previous Youth President, Craig
As well as hymns, prayers and Bible readings, part of the
induction ceremony saw the President of the Conference anoint Tim
with oil, a practice that has "a long tradition in the scriptures
of anointing people for special service in God's world."
Speaking at the service, former Youth President Craig Gaffney
said to Tim: "You are coming into a role that is hugely exciting
and hugely daunting at the same time … this will be an amazing
year. God has put you in this place to be a voice for the young
people of the Methodist Church, but you can't do that on your own.
You need to rely on God and His strength in that journey."
In his inaugural address, Tim began by thanking Craig for his
inspiration to the Church over the past year before moving on to
his own priorities for the year ahead.
"I quickly learned that if you want to effect change, you need
to be part of the conversation about change in the first place,"
Tim said, going on to emphasise that this can only be done through
"encouraging debate, but making it balanced."
"I won't pull any punches about what the young people have to
say. I'm willing put it all out there, and channel the voices of
young people. Together, let's be the change we want to see. Let's
raise our voices and make it clear what change we want to see. I'll
gladly put my reputation on the line, if it means giving power to
Tim Annan is a youth worker from Grantham and has spent four
years completing a Youth Studies degree.
The Lincolnshire-raised Methodist is excited by "the difference
young people make for our churches and our communities."
Tim knows today's challenges for both young people and youth
workers - including care for youth workers, bullying and global
issues - and hopes to better speak for the young people of the
Church as a result.
Tim is keen on popular culture and how the Church reconciles
Christian values with local communities; by engaging in political
action, dialogue, art, music.
Tim added: "I will put forward the ideas of the young people of
the Methodist Church to challenge and change Church. Together we
can make an impact not only on our Church, but on our society as