30 June 2003

Methodist Church to have its first ever General Secretary

The Methodist Church in Britain is to have a General Secretary for the first time in its history.

The Rev David Deeks has been confirmed in the new role and will take up office later in the year.

The Methodist Conference, meeting this week in Llandudno, has today voted to accept the report 'Leadership in the Methodist Church' which included the nomination of Mr Deeks as General Secretary for the six-years from 1 September 2003.

The General Secretary, who will also be Secretary of the Methodist Conference, will be executive leader of the Church's Connexional Team and will work alongside other senior officers including the Methodist District Chairs in developing the key strategic decisions for the Church in Britain.

The General Secretary will work alongside the annually-appointed President of the Methodist Conference, who remains the senior spokesperson for the Church.

Mr Deeks, who is 60, is currently Methodist Co-ordinating Secretary for Church and Society. He is a former theology tutor at Wesley House, Cambridge, and has previously served at churches in Maidstone and Bristol, during which he was university chaplain. He is married with three children and has a family home in Bristol.

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